Choosing a Career

Getting stuck in a career path that does not suit your skill set is so easy to do if you don’t put enough effort and thought into it in the first place.

You can waste years if you screw up this process so you might want to consider very carefully exactly how you are going to find the right career right off the bat.

Choosing a major might have already been a difficult choice to make, but after graduation you find out that the fun doesn’t end as now you have to choose a job. Many students find it stressful having to figure out what line of work they’re going to go into. When expressing their frustration, others will often ask, “What do you want to do?”. The problem is, usually frustrated students feel like they have no clue, which is why they’re agonizing in the first place.

When choosing a career, career counselors and others who advise you might tell you to do what you’re passionate about. But often students don’t know what their passion is. They’re trying to figure out what it is so that they can move forward with their lives, but it’s as if they have to have figured it out already to progress further. Back as an undergraduate it seemed like once you chose your major, you’d have your path figured out but this isn’t always the case. Your major might provide you with knowledge regarding your field, but it doesn’t necessarily tell you what job in that field to go for and how to get it. The real world is a different place from the classroom—for example, learning medical terms is one thing, but choosing a career in the field of medicine is another. So much for college education, you might think.

The state of the economy makes finding a job even more difficult. Many college graduates will find themselves taking positions they’re overqualified for because that’s what’s available. Or while considering positions, they may come across a dilemma—choosing a career in a line of work they’re not particularly interested in that pays, or holding off for a more desirable position. If they take the undesirable job, they might feel forced to stay because the employer wants long-time employees, but this will prevent them from pursuing their true interests in the long run.

There are several factors for unemployed students to juggle. It’s necessary to get food, shelter, and medical insurance but at the same time dissatisfaction with one’s career is one of the leading causes of unhappiness. So the best piece of advice is, choose a job that’ll pay the bills and that you don’t hate. If you don’t know what you want to do or currently can’t do what you want, the important thing is choosing a career that’ll help you survive, which requires money and your mental faculties.

There is no reason that all to be stuck in a job you hate for life, it your decision and when first starting out you have all the time in the world to find a career you like. However, you may have to be patient.