Not Knowing What You Want to Do

It is said that 80% of people who graduate college, within four years, end up doing a career that was unrelated to their major. That’s a lot of people, but I’m not surprised. Many people in college are confused and don’t know exactly what they want to do until they go out in the real world and actually experience it. They may have an idea of what they want, but without actually doing the job, they have no idea what things were not expected such as a psycho boss, paperwork pressure, social pressure, etc.

A lot of people are scared when they don’t know what they want to do for the rest of their life and I’m here to say, try new things. Experiment, and don’t be afraid of failure.

Famous people like Paul McCartney and John Lennon wanted to be songwriters at first for other people, not knowing they were later going to be full blown rock stars. Another musician, Johnny Cash, was a morose code interceptor operator for Russian Army transmissions before making his first CD’s and becoming an American singer. Walt Disney wanted to be an illustrator and first, without knowing that he was later be the creator and symbol of worldwide theme parks.

Most people who change their jobs do so because they hate what they do. They don’t like waking up in the morning and driving to work every day. It is until they day they say, “I can’t stand it, it’s time to change jobs” that they take the action to quit and so something that they like better. Some people can’t do this because they need the income to get by life, and can’t settle for a job that pays lower.

Others might say, “Screw the income. I’d rather do something that I love to do and makes me happy.” They key is ultimately finding the right balance, not just picking a job you hate but pays well or picking a job you love but could be also regarded as a hobby. That’s why many people go through years and years finding that ideal job where they do what they love and get paid well for doing it as well.

It might take some trial and error and that’s fine. But the worse thing one could do is just sit around and do nothing about the issue. If you don’t know what you want to do in the future, that’s fine, but don’t expect to know without going out in the real world and experiencing it for yourself. It’s better to take a course of action, such as doing some light researching, rather than sit around waiting for the world to give you the answers on a silver platter, which may never happen.

One tip that I can suggest is figuring out what you are skilled at. Most people who are asked this question will say that there are still at nothing. That’s not right! Everybody is skilled at something. Some people are skilled at viewing fine detail, which they might consider a job that requires attention to small details. Some people are skilled at talking or having conversations; thus any social job that doesn’t require one to sit alone at a desk and do paperwork all day would be a good choice. Some people hate using their mind, so they are happy settling with a job that uses their hands such as construction work.

If you’re stuck, just sit down and write down what you’re skilled at. Ask yourself questions about what would be an ideal job that you could be satisfied doing for long-term. You can figure this out right now, instead of going through a job you might hate for the next 2 to 3 years. But the most important thing to figuring out what you want to do, when you don’t know yet, is that you must take action! Don’t let time waste away because the sooner you can figure out what you want to do, the better advantage you will have compared to other people, but ultimately down the line for yourself.