The craziness of on-campus recruiting is well underway. Two days entirely devoted to hundreds of companies in Barton Hall. All of the information sessions a person could ever ask for. Plenty of chances to give out tons of resumes. Free food and networking with recruiters. So many opportunities to land that interview and then that first job, right? But what if you have no idea what you want to do with your life yet?
It’s the age old question that you’ve probably been asked at least ten times: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Does graduating college count as “growing up”? It seems like it’s almost time to make the decision I’ve been debating since I was a little kid playing with Legos. It’s kind of a stressful one too. What do I want to do for the rest of my life? Why do I have to make such an important decision right this instant?
Yeah, it’s great to have goals and ideas about what you want to do, but it’s important to be doing something that interests you and that you’re also passionate about. I’ve watched both of my parents make many career changes. My Mom, who started out as a CPA, and made her way into HR, is still trying to decide what she wants to do when she “grows up”. And my Dad went from dentistry to computer programming to teaching. What are the chances that what I choose to do now will be what I’m still doing ten or even five years down the road? The fact is that things change. What I’m interested in right now may not interest me at all a few years from now.
A few of my friends have been freaking out because they claim that they don’t know what they want to do with their lives. They’ll either be entering the job market or continuing on to grad school next year. So, I understand their anxiety and stress over not knowing what direction to go in. However, I’d argue that maybe they don’t need to know just yet. Find something that you like now, and see where it leads you. There’s a chance you’ll hit the nail on the head and end up in your dream job from day one. But, there’s also a chance that you’ll end up doing something completely different. If you don’t know what you want to do when you “grow up,” that’s okay. You’re not the only one, and you have time to figure it out.