What do you want to do when you grow up?
Growing up you heard, “Do what you enjoy!” or “Do what you’re good at!” You went to college and picked a major you loved, enjoyed the classes, and dreamed about graduation. You triumphantly finished your degree and now you have to find a job and you aren’t sure what to do.
You’re not alone. According to the US Bureau of the Census, only 27% of college grads had a job closely related to their major field of study.
It’s OK if you don’t know what job or career you want after graduation. However, the right job is unlikely to fall into your lap. Andy Warhol said, “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” You need to forge your own path and with some reflection you’ll find what you love. To help determine what career you want to pursue you should reflect on a few big questions:
· What are you good at doing that might lend itself to a job?
· What do you like doing?
· What do you like learning about?
· Do you have a hobby that can earn you money?
· Do you like working with people?
· Do you like working alone?
· Can I make money doing what I like to do? If so how?
This is an exciting time in your life. Start today by listing ten things you like to do with your day or take a friend out to coffee to ask them about their job. Every step of discovery is a new nugget that will help you identify your place in the world.