I was at a concert last night (In case your wondering, Pat McGee Band and Sister Hazel – and a Shameless Plug, it took me just about fifteen minutes to get from campus to the incredible Wolftrap National Center for the Performing Arts). My wife ended up in a conversation with a young lady next to us named Melanie. She’s just moved to D.C. after finishing her undergraduate degree, and we had a great discussion about graduate school. Even though she loves her new job, she said she was surprised to graduate still unsure of what to do with her life.
I hear this all the time. I’m a “channel expert” on quarterlife.com, which is a site pretty much dedicated to the issue. It always suprises me that there is so much stress from students thinking they have to know what they want to do with their life even BEFORE going to college, or they think college will answer the question. I think college is a great way to explore your options, but that doesn’t stop just becuase you get your degree. No doubt, quite a few people have their whole life planned out, and are chasing a clear career goal with unwavering dedication. For most people, however, that isn’t the case.
In other posts I discourage you from obsessing about finding the perfect school. I feel the same way about career paths. Unlike searching for a dream school, I do think dream career paths are out there, and if you have one, that’s great. If you don’t, however, you’re far from alone – actually the studies on “millenials” would say you’re in the vast majority. So relax – having options can be exciting, instead of stressful. Be seeing you.