What to be and what not to be
The questions start rolling in – Grandma and Aunt Sue want to know what you’re going to make of “all this education”, and mom and dad’s polite inquiries have transitioned into panic-filled nattering. But, as you’re learning, a career choice is not as simple as it once was. Nowadays, it’s perfectly acceptable to finish one degree in psych only to start anew in film. For you, the options are endless, and therefore decision-making is a stressful and time-consuming endeavour. Here are just a few tips to help you weigh out the options:
1. Take it one step at a time. Don’t feel as though you need to choose a career, start with a career path.
2. Don’t be shy: talk to a career counselor. You’re in the process of making a major life decision and an unbiased third party perspective might bring you some clarity.
3. Research, research, research. Beyond surfing the internet for information (which is very handy, of course), get out there and talk to people. Many professionals are open to talking about their careers, so whether you phone up your parents’ friends or ask some profs for the names of a few people to cold call, you’re likely to get the most accurate info from those who know best.
4. Don’t choose a career alone; consider the lifestyle attached to that career. There are often alternative careers within certain fields of interest that could better suit your ideals for home life.
5. If you don’t yet feel ready to choose a career, then look to post-grad alternatives. Travel and graduate school are wise investments and post-grad is an ideal time to indulge in what each have to offer. They can also serve to clarify your future direction.
Most importantly, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Finding the right career takes time and energy and, unfortunately, it’s usually the chance result of fumbling through many failed attempts. What suits you in theory, doesn’t always translate in reality, and it’s important not to let yourself be defeated by your choices – good or bad, they all culminate into experiences that lead you on the right path. Good luck!
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