Finding the Right Career

Finding the Right Career

Which Path is the Right One?
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As it gets closer to the end of month, and classes are in sight, one might begin to think of their future. The classes we are taking are supposed to help "train" us for our future careers. But what if you're taking the wrong classes? Coming into college I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. There are far too many options when it comes to career choices, so, picking just one? That seemed almost impossible. In four years, I couldn't even tell you the amount of times I changed my mind.

I began with Early Childhood Education, then to Criminal Justice, Nursing for a brief moment, Psychology. I even thought about going Pre-Med at one point, then there was the law school option, and I looked into getting into the Vet-Sci program at school. It took me three years to realize that I had a passion for food and that I wanted to make a career out of it. After a degree in Child Development, I decided I should stop wasting time and take classes that would help me towards my degree and goals. Because I already had so many credits, it made more sense for me to get my Liberal Arts degree and then go back to school (again) for Restaurant and Food Service Management .

Picking a career is hard. You're stuck with it for the rest of your life, most of the time. So, if you aren't happy, it can be really straining on you physically, mentally, and emotionally. With all of the options that are out there, picking just ONE thing to do can be difficult. But there are resources that can be very helpful when trying to make a decision. I strongly suggest taking a BOCES course while you're in high school. There are so many to choose from--even if you are unsure, just pick one. In Early Childhood, you play with kids all day. In Culinary you play with food all day. In Automotive/Auto body you play with cars all day. In Cosmetology you play with hair and nails all day. Through BOCES, you are able to gain experience in the field, with hands-on interaction and in-class lectures.

Take an aptitude test or two...or ten. They are not all accurate, and some of them are total trash, but you may stumble across something really helpful in the process. You might come across a career that you have never thought of, of even heard of before, that seems really cool to you.

Starting off school with liberal arts isn't a bad thing. When people say they're going to school for Liberal Arts, they are often asked things like, "So you plan on being unemployed?" or "Do you want fries with that?" BEING A LIBERAL ARTS STUDENT IS NOT BAD. It's a gateway into literally every other major. When you're a Liberal Arts major, the sky is the limit. Every major needs the same pre-recs. So, once you get that out of the way, you are free to take ANY class that you want. Take a business class, take an art class, take a cooking class, take a yoga class, take an automotive class (I'm actually not sure if people are allowed to do that). But just take any and as many classes as you can.

Being a Liberal Arts major can be so helpful. Your schedule is opened for so many options. It really allows you to explore and hopefully find your passion. Not that I think anyone has a passion for accounting, some people just go where the money is. BUT if you are trying to find a passion and a career you love, this might be one of your best bets.

Finding a career is hard. I keep saying that because it's true. Everyone deserves to be happy and find something that makes them happy. Sometimes it's not so easy to find something, but sometimes it is very easy. It is also important to start looking early enough and giving yourself time. Talk to your adviser in high school and go to counseling sessions for college. It is definitely worth it.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Sometimes "Out With The Old In With The New" Isn't the Best thing

We can't lose touch of the simpler things in life

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When I think about how much has changed and how much my world has developed since I was little, I get mind boggled realizing how different things are. I work at a restaurant in the city that I grew up in and I see famillies come and go for dinner every night. They all seem the same. The parents will walk in, check in with the hostesses and wait to be seated. If they're asked to wait, the kids sit by their parents sides playing on phones that are probably too young to have. I understand that waiting can get tedious and boring. By the time that they would sit down, I'd imagine that they would put down the devices and engage in some good old fashion conversation. I was wrong. It made me sad to see kids eating dinners with their families with zero interaction. When I was younger, I enjoyed the quality conversations I would have with my family when we got breaks from our all very hectic schedules. It's amazing how much technology has advanced, but sometimes, I believe that we might rely on it too much.

Seems like more and more things are becoming industrialized. Those "mom and pop" shops are closing down due to corporate companies buying the land. I have enough Walmart and Targets in a ten minute radius from me. Sure, places like these carry necessities are important, but when local Nurseries are closed down in order to build a new gas station, it just becomes sad. As things progress more, the more we lose touch of our roots. The places that make home special and different. The moments we have as a kid that don't involve a light on our face. Modernism is a powerful and amazing thing but we need to take a step back and reevaluate what we hold closest to us.

All in all, as we continue to develop, I will continue to advocate for the simpler moments and the simpler times. I don't think my kids will need iPhones right out of elementary school, I'll continue to visit the same hometown shops and give them as much business as possible, I'll always ask if he kids want coloring sheets at the dinner table. Although these small things might not matter in our everyday new world, they matter to me. I will always try to have so much fun that I forget to document things with my phone. The laughter and memories without the technology present. Those are the moments worth remembering.

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