One of the most challenging things that students (and not to mention everyone else) have to do is choose a career path. Not only that, but to make sure that it’s the “right” career path for you and your future success.
With University and TAFE offers just around the corner, tension is high. Some of you will get into the course and campus that you want, whilst some of you won’t – that’s just the bottom line. So, the question is, what if you don’t? And what if you do but it isn’t what you thought it would be?
Well the good thing is that this isn’t the end of the world. Obviously. Even though it may feel like it.
Getting into a degree, diploma or whatever level you get into doesn’t mean you can’t turn around and say, “nah”. (Let me just say here that if you do turn around and decide not to continue, it is not a reflection of who you are as a person. You just know what you don’t want, and I certainly consider choosing the right career path for you is a process of elimination.)
Not getting the offer you want… Well, you can consider that a blessing in disguise. It wasn’t meant for you anyway (you’ll find out what I mean by this in a future post).
- So where’s the resolution?
YOU. HAVE. OPTIONS.
(I know. Unlikely any of your teachers really told you much about these options, hey?)
If either of these things happen to you, you may feel lost and that’s okay. Keep in mind that lifelong careers are becoming less of the norm and you have just been given the opportunity to indulge your curiosity.
How do you do this?
- Write a list of all of the things you’ve wanted to try in your life
- Go try them.
All this means is to go on a journey of self-discovery. You’ve been funneled through the education system for so long that you’ve barely had the chance to find out who you truly are and what you really want out of life.
So, before you go spend the next 3-5 years studying and spending thousands of dollars on your further education that you might not even use, go find out about the person in the mirror.
One last thing, if you’re going to take anything away from what I say here, let it be this:
If you are lost, then you are also free.