First, if I have any regular readers, I apologize for my lack of posts these days. It’s peak advising season in the world of Higher Ed, so needless to say, I’ve been pretty swamped. However, it has given me some inspiration for this post, so yay silver lining!
This post is, as always, for anyone who finds it to be helpful, but also for current students. During this advising period, I have seen a lot of students with varying degrees of decisiveness and career goals. There are so many different ways to go about picking classes and figuring out your course load, but one thing I always tell everyone is: It’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do. No, really, it is.
I have few students who are at various points of exploring their options. One in particular started as a Computer Science major, but now she thinks she wants to teach English in Japan (which is awesome!). But then she’s also interested in a few other things too. For someone who is a “fixer,”or someone who wants one concrete answer, my job would definitely not be for you. This student is great because she has the ability to sort things out for herself, do her own research, and talk herself through it without me really offering an opinion, only validating the choices she’s considering. One of the points I wanted to make with this post is that it’s great to explore, and important to as well. Explore all viable options. If you’re still in school and you’re not sure what you want to do, take electives geared toward different paths/careers. Take the gen eds first and get them out of the way while you’re deciding, that’s what gen eds are for.
In a world full of uncertainty (especially after this election), it’s important to find your niche. But its also important to know that you don’t have to have everything decided right away. You have time. Use it to explore different options, and most importantly to explore yourself and your interests. Is it important to pick a major (if you’re still in school), yes but it’s also perfectly okay to change it. Multiple times. It’s your prerogative as a human being to change your mind. The same goes for changing careers.
On the other side of that, if you want to pursue something, pursue it. Don’t worry about the super distant future and how you might change your mind when you’re 45, and want to change careers because of a midlife crisis. Could it happen? Absolutely. But there’s NOTHING wrong with that. For now though, focus on the here and now. If you love doing something or love a particular job or major, stick with it. If you’re not entirely sure and need to look around a bit more, then keeping looking. If you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing, relax. Nobody else does either.