When you get out of high school and first embark into the college world, picking a major and or career for some of us can seem like an impossible task! Trust me I know, once I got out of high school and had to choose a major I felt the pressure of the world and felt so locked in that this is what I had to do for the rest of my life. I wondered if I would be happy or if I would make enough money. I know it’s easy to say but if you felt like I did – stop putting so much pressure on yourself! Take a second, and breathe and realize there are so many options out there. Essentially that is what I think college is for – getting to know yourself, so you can become that “best version” of yourself.
Just because you picked a certain major does not mean you have to do that. So don’t just pick a career just to have one or because you googled that this career can make you a lot money. Although money is nice, in the long run you might not be happy. And I am a firm believer that not being happy in a career will eventually show in your work and can even show in your personal life! Some people may know right after high school that they want to be a doctor, teacher, or a lawyer. But actually a lot of us don’t. So don’t beat yourself up about it! It’s better to take time to decipher your options than to regret a career path in the long run. If you have an advisor or mentor – talk to them! Or take a class you always wanted to try, it might just end up being your next career.
Another thing to remember is that you are still young and have so much time! My best advice is to embrace the fact that you are unsure about what you want to do. Because I believe college is about discovering yourself. Ask yourself questions, explore, try to discover new things that inspire you and make you happy. You never know when something will inspire you so try not to pigeon hold yourself our pressure yourself that you have to get done school in exactly 4 years, try to let it come naturally if you are unsure.
I can relate to this topic because I had a similar experience. I started out as a fine arts major, then went to interior design, then graphic design. I eventually embraced the fact that I was unsure so I talked to my advisor, I took classes I was interested in. I realized what I liked and what I didn’t like. I ended up with a degree in advertising from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. And I now am a graphic designer working in Philadelphia, and I could not be happier with where I am at. It may have taken me a little longer than some of my friends to graduate. But I have a ton of friends who graduated on time and are still not happy in their careers! So I’m glad I took this time to get to know myself better and began to discover that “best version” of myself. I’m actually glad it took me some time because once I started to feel like I was on the right path, it felt great! And you can be too!