I wasn’t one of those people who knew what they wanted to do before entering college. I used to envy them, but now, there’s nothing I enjoy more than having different interests and being able to pursue them.
It’s crazy how there is so much pressure to know your major before you start your freshman year of college. It’s good to have a plan, but at the same time, it’s important to know that things don’t always go as planned, and learn how to embrace the detours. You might get a college degree in a specific field, but it doesn’t necessarily pave the way for what’s to come. Keeping an open mind will allow you to learn the most from any situation.
I wish high school prepared students more for post-graduation life. All of these resume building, cover letter writing, job searching and career seminars; I’ve only known about them when I entered college. More schools should make an effort to include these classes in their core requirements because they prepare you for life. Being informed is invaluable for facing challenges and it only requires us to have an open mind and pay attention to everything. No matter where you are in your career development, I recommend you to stay proactive. Volunteer in multiple occasions, take different classes, pick up new hobbies; these activities can help you expand your network and acquire knowledge and skills that you can show in your resume.
Whether you're in high school, college or already settled in your career, I’m encouraging you to connect with yourself and pursue the things that you love. I know many people can’t afford to do that because it doesn’t guarantee instant financial gratification, but if you don’t live to do what you love, you’re not so much living as merely existing. We all long for the security of a stable job, but there are practical ways in which you can pay the bills while still following your dreams like starting a side hustle or completing gigs regularly. Explore all of these options.
Wherever you go, make sure you take your passion with you. It’s a part of who you are. Let it be the driving force behind everything you do so that you can feel fulfilled at the end of the day. It takes a lot of courage to go after your passions when no one in your direct surroundings seems to be in favor of it. People always tell you that it can wait or that you’ll have time for it down the road, but the truth is, it can’t and you won’t. Now is always the right time to start and keep pushing. I’m not saying you should just drop everything, but I’m inviting you to take calculated risks in pursuing your passions. Maybe this means starting an internship while in school as a way to gain greater insight into your target industry. Once you gain a great understanding of the ins and outs of your dream career, you’ll know what to look for and use your free time to acquire more skills for a more competitive resume. Most importantly, remember to surround yourself with like-minded fellow and mentors, and stay open. Seek every opportunity to learn and hone the skills that you’ll need.
Life is too short to be passive. Once you open your eyes, you will encounter many opportunities to keep growing and becoming the truest version of yourself. Don’t hesitate to grab them all! There is never a better time than the present moment to start making the changes that you want to see in your life. Nothing is ever too big to accomplish. It’s all about your mindset and how much effort you’re willing to put into accomplishing your goals. Everything will eventually fall into place. You have the potential to create your own reality. Don’t live someone else’s dream. Try everything! Cultivate your passions. Read books. Give yourself time to mature into the person you’re supposed to become and don’t rush into anything that your heart is not involved in. Give yourself time to just be. Decide to be free now.