Hey guys! Thought I would share a post personal to my life and current stages in regards to choosing my own career and life path. For those of you who may not know what you would like to do, I think this will be a good read for you.
There are so many pieces of advice out there in regards to careers and building a life path however each piece of advice will resonate differently amongst different people depending on their current situation and goals.
As I can only speak for myself and naturally have focused and adopted advice that has resonated with my situation and me as a person, this blog post will be surrounded around that. Here is a short background of my journey so far, keeping in mind I am 21 years of age and am very much in the learning stages of myself and my ambitions.
Ever since I was young, I was always motivated by trying and learning something new and doing my best to excel and grow. I get very excited when an opportunity comes along that allows me to try and learn something new to grow as a person and gain a life experience. I am also a shy person, especially in my younger years and therefore over time have been able to step outside of my comfort zone more frequently once I began to build confidence through the things I did try and prospered at. So you can imagine when I was younger it wasn’t easy for me to step out and try new things and talk to new people confidently. I look back at the little steps forward I made in stepping out of my comfort zone and am thankful each day I took those steps as they have helped me become more confident today. However, up until the past months of this year, I have never had even the slightest clue of what I wanted to do with my life or as a career.
I partly think that because I am open to anything and view each small or large opportunity as a life experience, I never really focused on something that I wanted to do at a greater depth. I am always eager to try new things but never have felt dedicated to one thing before. I also think I am generally an indecisive person and tend to put a lot of unnecessary pressure on myself, and these combined make it difficult for me to sit down and choose one thing to dedicate my efforts in and create a career. This may not necessarily be correct or even an issue, as part of me also thinks I just haven’t come across something yet that sparks to me as a career I see myself diving into. I just think it is important for you to know that I am one who is currently unsure of what exactly I want to do but here is some advice that has really been helping.
Remove the pressure of trying to decide what your career is meant to be and start looking at it differently. Let’s consider this, people do not wake up one day and say they want to be a doctor, a plumber or an underwriter and then become it. People gain a career depending on what they are good at. What are you good at? What are your skills? What do you enjoy?
I know that I like working with people and interacting. I enjoy an active type of work and not sitting at a desk. I enjoy work that allows me to give people advice and adapt it to their situation and needs. I enjoy team orientated tasks. I am motivated by autonomy, independence and recognition.
None of that speaks that I want to be in hotel management, human resources or become a pilot. It tells me a lot more than just a simple career category. These are things that I know that I like, want and am good at and therefore anything that allows for me to apply these skills would be a good fit for me. This broadens my options and is a lot less pressure than trying to figure out an industry.
Another piece of advice that made me feel more at ease is simply it is okay to not know what you want to do. Often there are people who say I am going to be an accountant and then six years later they end up changing their career entirely to become a geographer. We may not have our career plans figured out now, but there are people who are changing their career paths in their older years, so what’s the difference?
Begin looking at every opportunity and position you are currently experiencing as a step forward, because even if the position you are currently in is something you do not want as a career, you have learnt something new and have gained skills that can be transferred to your next position. This is how we grow. We have to experience many things to get to what we want to be doing, and doing all of these things are what allows us to then be equipped for when we do identify what our career path may become.
I would like for you to enjoy the journey instead of making it seem a daunting life decision.