Career Struggles: 4 Tips on Figuring Out What You Want To Do

Jul 19, 2017

I spent my whole college career and some many years after trying to figure out exactly what is I wanted to do with my life. I was the girl who changed her major several times before deciding on a criminal justice degree that is now collecting dust in a closet somewhere. While I am grateful that I did stick with something and finished and I know that this degree is one of the reasons I have the steady well-paying job that I have now, I do wish I had taken a little more time to figure out what I was really passionate about. At the age of 29, I finally figured that out and am now back in school pursuing a degree in journalism and writing this blog for fun and as a way to sharpen my skills. It took me so long to realize that what I was most passionate about is something that I’ve been doing really all my life, which is reading, writing and connecting with people through writing and stories. Here are my tips for figuring out what career path may be best for you:

1. Write Stuff Down: I have always been an advocate of journaling and just writing things down in general. You’d be surprised what you may reveal to yourself by just writing down your thoughts without even thinking about it. When it comes to making any important decisions in my life, I find that writing list help out a lot . As far as figuring out a career path, I have found that writing down things that I am interested in and things that I really enjoy help to narrow things down. Whatever career path you choose, you want to be sure that you will be doing something that you love every day. 

2. Do your Research: When trying to figuring out what you want to do with your life I suggest reading up on people you admire. Whether they are in a field you want to pursue or not, I think it helps to learn how people made it to where they are. #GirlBoss is one of my favorites because the author, Sophia Amoruso, chronicles her struggles of being a young adult, homeless and working dead end jobs to a woman building a multi-million dollar empire. It is so important to do the research on any feild you think you may want to pursue. Read books on the subject, read self-development books that help build you up and make you more marketable and inspire confidence. 

3. Take Action: Once you kind of have an idea of the direction you want to go in, even if you are leaning towards multiple career options, find people who are in that job now and see if you can job shadow them. With job shadowing, you are able to get a real feel of what you would be doing everyday if you decided to take that route. If you are unable to set up a job shadow, try setting up an informational interview. Write down questions before hand and ask the questions you know you will not be able to find the answers to online. 

4. Let Go of Fear: My last tip is to let go of the fear that is holding you back from taking the steps needed to get started. And do not be afraid to start over and try something else. In this day and age no one expects you stay in a job or career for 20 to 30 years. It is ok to change your mind and decide that you want to do something different. Your options are endless as long as you are willing to work for what you want. 


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