So, what are you going to do? That was the number one question I got from people I spoke with beginning about two months before college graduation. I was frustrated, angry, bored and confused. Well, I made some mistakes along the way, but I figured it out, and so can you!
THINK A LITTLE BIT. What are the things that you love to do? What is your degree in? What are your hobbies? What kind of personality do you have? Consider, if you could do anything in the world and get paid for it, what would it be?
TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. People love to have a chance to tell you what they think of you, so ask! Ask what they think you should do or what positive and negative qualities they have noticed. Also, make sure to ask how they came to do what they do, if they are happy and what they regret. Consider their advice a clue that will help you find your ultimate answer. Don't rely too much on any one person's advice though; in the end, you are the one who has to do it!
TAKE A CHANCE. Do not fall into the trap of being so gripped with indecision or fear of making a wrong choice, that you don't do anything and waste lots of time running in circles. On the reverse, don't try to do too many things and lose your focus. You have to come to terms with the fact that there will probably be dead ends, but if you refer back to what you love combined with your God-given talents, you will find your way.
LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES AND OTHERS. The smartest thing I have ever done in my own journey was to listen (or observe) the mistakes other people made around me and avoid them. Life is short, and you only have so long to get going and be successful. If you realize you're in a place where you are not happy or are not moving forward, cut your losses and start again. Nothing is wasted (unless you're not doing anything).
THE KEY: A DESIRE TO WORK. This is a telltale sign that you have figured out what you want to do. Are you dragging yourself in to work, disintersted? Giving yourself a peptalk to open the door and begin your morning? Are you watching the clock, counting the hours before you can leave? Granted, there will be days that you don't particularly like a project or a person you have to deal with, but you should be content in your soul that you are on the right track. When you are, you know it and so do the people around you. If you are interested in something, you want to learn about it, want to be better. You submerse yourself in learning, growing, and succeeding.
- Be realistic. If you always wanted to be a movie star, but have never taken an acting class, are super-shy and don't watch movies, maybe you've come to a dead end.
- You don't necessarily have to have a college degree to figure it out! Some people aren't meant to go to college.