There is no shame in admitting that you have no idea what you want to do with the rest of your life. Chances are, even if you did know, you might change your mind later because you’ve discovered a new interest, or you’ve realised that the job wasn’t exactly what you thought it would be. Still, with college application deadlines on the horizon, it can feel like you’re under a lot of pressure to choose something. While you are allowed to change your mind in the future, here are a few ways you can narrow down your options.
Follow Your Interests
You wouldn’t think you could make a career out of playing sports or talking about your favorite TV shows, but you’d be surprised. Thanks to the internet, people are making decent money by uploading videos on YouTube, and they might only be sharing theories about the next season of Game of Thrones, or sharing video game tactics. Your extracurricular activities don’t just look good on a resume, they teach you valuable skills that you could probably transfer to any job. If you volunteer for any charities, you’ve already got experience in a job you already love. The right volunteering role could help you break into the industry of your choice, or help you narrow down your interests so you better know which industry you might try working in next. Volunteering also shows potential employers that you are a selfless person, that you are open to new experiences, and that you have enough drive and motivation to go beyond what is expected of you.
Ask the experts
While you’re still in school, you have the advantage of career guidance counsellors telling you which qualifications you need for certain jobs. However, there’s more than one way to break into each industry. If you’re interested in healthcare, you could either talk to pharmaceutical recruiters, your school nurse, or any family friends who work in healthcare. They can tell you about their qualifications, which college they attended, and what experience they used to land their dream job. You might notice that no two stories are the same. It might be confusing, but you should look at it as a good thing; if there are many ways to get the same job, then you have more flexibility in the future.
Learn the necessary skills
College might be the obvious option for getting the qualifications you need, but it’s expensive, and you sometime get halfway through your course and realise your interests have changed. If that happens, don’t worry. Extra qualifications never hurt your resume. But if you want to save a bit of money, you can consider part-time classes, online courses, apprenticeships, or even work experience abroad. Spending time in a foreign country is always a great experience.
Never give up
Even when you can’t narrow down your options, or find something you think you’re good at, don’t give up looking. Every failed experience brings you one step closer to your dream job.
This is a contributed post.