From my own college experience, I tired of my degree path during my last year of school. I felt that nearly four years of one subject was more than enough for a lifetime, and I was hesitant to make a career out of it. When this happened, my options were slim. I could either take out a student loan and continue along a different path, or stick it out and use my degree to my advantage, whether I wanted to pursue a job in that field or not. I ended up choosing the latter.
I struggled for a long time believing that I had wasted my time on a degree that I would never use. I’m here to tell you that no matter what you major in, and no matter what career path you choose, your education will always be the backbone in your dedication and perseverance to work.
To be clear, choosing an appropriate field for yourself in college is very important. Getting a degree “just because” probably isn’t the wisest of decisions; nonetheless, it’s a vital accessory to ones’ resume when applying to above-entry-level positions. While some students will stick with their major of choice from the moment they start school, some change their minds two, three, maybe five times before settling. I changed once– from biology to public relations. My current job is in business management. I’m also a barista at a local coffee shop, but that’s simply because I love the coffee culture.
There is a lot of pressure put on millennials, including myself, to be more diligent in our work and less privileged in our words. I think we are a pretty darn agile group of people whose interests differ from those of previous generations, and we tend to change our minds a lot. I enjoy my indecisiveness. It lets me know that the choice I make, whether it be work, school or play, I know it will be something where I put my best foot forward, even if it takes me a little longer than most.
Taking the knowledge acquired from the changing of majors can actually make for an intellectually rounded person. Skills from many fields can be transferred and applied to other fields. In my case, what I learned in public relations has helped me greatly in the marketing and advertising portion of managing my farmers’ market business. Quite a few people don’t even pursue careers in the same field as their degree, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you’re feeling confused, use your resources. School counselors, advisors, mentors, professors and even bosses are there to offer you guidance.
My point is this: education should be a tool that guides you forward, not one that drags you down. If you are struggling with choosing a degree, finding a job or even maintaining a job, remember that you went to school to open doors of opportunity, and sometimes that includes change!