I’m a sophomore and not only do I have absolutely no idea what I want to do in life, I don’t even know what I want to major in. However, when I begin to stress out, I take a look around and realize that I’m not the only one who’s confused. I see thousands of new college graduates facing high unemployment rates and frustrating job applications and I know I will be in their position soon. It can be both physically and mentally exhausting.
However, I recently found hope: my first job out of college may not matter as much as I thought. Jodi Glickman, from Harvard Business Review, polled one hundred women leaders and found out that the women didn’t continue on with the career path they planned when they graduated. This reminds me that it’s ok to work a job that has absolutely no correlation with my major. It also reminds me that whatever major I declare, it will not define my career path.
Glickman recommends that students use their time in college to learn and explore career options. I plan to take the time that I have and not waste it- even though I don’t know what I want to do. I’m currently working on campus to learn skills that are improving my work ethic and gaining experience that will help me stand out in the real world. I’m actively searching for an internship that I find interesting and hope to get the most out of it. When an internship comes around and it’s not what I expected it to be, I will use those experiences to learn- then pursue something I might enjoy more. My time will not be wasted but rather each experience builds on the next towards what God has planned for me.
Read more of Glickman’s advice here: Harvard Business Review, Oct 17, 2011