Tue Apr 4th, 2006 at 05:36:08 PM EST
Did you ever wonder what you were going to do when you graduate? Or you knew from the very beginning what your path in life will be?
Some of us are now at the threshold of graduation. And it is getting more scary as the end comes near. The question "What are you going to do now?" comes up often. But clear answers are rarely given.
Please, share your own experience! Do you have passion for what you are doing?
What is your advice to people fresh out of college? What are the Dos and Don'ts?
I have always admired people who know what they want to do in their lives - people who have a passion for something, people who have a direction and a purpose. It seems so much easier when you know where you want to get: you "just" need to find how to get there.
But what if you don't know what you want to do? I guess there are several options here:
1. Do what you are good at.
Find your field and develop your skills and knowledge in it.
2. Do what you enjoy.
I believe there is nothing better than enjoying your work. After all, you will be doing it for the most part of the day.
3. Do what brings money.
You may not enjoy your work, but it may bring good money. A matter of choice. Or you may enjoy your work and get a lot of money. That would be nice.
4. Do what gives you experience for the future.
Some jobs are just a step you need to take to get somewhere else. Experience from one job may prove very useful even in a very different setting.
5. Decide whether you want to work day and night or you also want to have a personal life.
Deciding the type of work you want is way to approach the situation. As the cliché goes, some people live to work. Others prefer the other way.
6. Do something that makes you feel useful.
Work for what you believe in. Make your contribution.
This list may go on and on...
And all these choices come over your head... An internship position? Part-time? Full-time job? At home? Abroad? Go travel for a year first? Get straight down to serious work? Priorities? Which field? Government or private? NGO or MNC? Big corporation or your own enterprise? Follow what your parents say? Or look for your own thing?
How did you decide your path?
It is true that today the working place is much more flexible than before. People often change jobs, even careers. I guess there is no best option in choosing your track.
But there should be something that drives people one way or another. The priorities of the day, the financial side, the love of an activity, self-actualization (using Maslow's term), the desire to make a difference?
What is it in your case? What are you doing? Do you enjoy it? Would you recommend it? How did you get there?
Your comments will be much appreciated!