‘I just don’t know what I want to do with my life’ is a sentence that’s constantly tossed around. Sometimes the lead up to finding and pursuing a career of your choosing is a long and winding process. Some people seem like they come out of the womb knowing the path to take. Others may feel like they’re walking blind through a minefield. For those who are struggling, remember that not all is lost. If anything, not having it all figured out provides you with a mass of opportunity.
You know those hobbies that you find yourself enjoying in your spare time? Drawing, reading, writing, hell, even math – if you’re into that freaky nonsense. A lot of the time, this can be a window into an amazing career, if you really put your mind to it. If you put your time and energy into these hobbies in your spare time (or use the hobbies to procrastinate other things), imagine how much you could love your career. If you love music, but faint when performing in front of a crowd, you could consider something within the realm of music management. Always have a book in your pocket and froth over literature? The publishing industry might just be heaven on earth for you. A girl I know is an amazing drawer and is now painting her art on custom clothing. The options are truly limitless.
It’s often those sneaky elective subjects are the ones you enjoy the most. Maybe you’re in a design degree and discover you know your way around a camera. I did a journalism elective, only because I had kept a diary since I was 11, and thought it would be an amusing activity to add to my week. Well, lo and behold, this is what I’m now doing. If your degree doesn’t allow for such a wide variety of electives, join a university club of your interest. Not only will you be inundated with fun opportunities, but will also make new, like minded friends. Who knows, they may even give you further career paths you could take for yourself.
Internships And Volunteering
This is another way to broaden your horizons with career aspects. While internships and volunteering may not pay an income most of the time, there are plus sides. The knowledge you receive pretty much makes up for the lack of income (in my opinion.) Additionally, you’ll gain the skills to pursue your passions further, make connections and will actually experience the industry of interest. Do you have a special knack for people? Or find yourself analysing ads on TV (yes, it’s a thing)? Interning for a marketing and communications firm could be a good fit. Maybe you love calligraphy or find yourself doodling all over the page. In this case, something to do with design or fine arts could be a stellar option. Attend an art class and get to know your teacher, you never know where it might lead you.
At the end of the day, life is meant to be a little hectic and even the most ‘put together’ people can find themselves fumbling around in a pool of confusion. It’s okay, trust me. It’s good to remember that despite the twists and turns, education and expanding your skillset is never a waste of time.