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I know I’m only 20 but there are things that I truly need to come to realize I’m not getting any younger and yes I’m supposed to have fun during my 20’s but at the same time your 20’s are a crucial time period. I really have no sense of direction career wise. It bothers me so much because I am such a planner, I love to see my life getting from point A-B , B-C, and so forth but I’m in college now finishing my 2 years in liberal arts but now I need to find out what major I want to go into. Here is the thing that also gets me thinking, say I invest about 4 years in studying something in college that does not relate to the career or path I end up with. It’s so hard in this society especially because some think it’s okay to be confused about these things and it’s not every time I talk to people about this they tell me “your young you will figure it out” or “everyone goes through that”. I basically want answers that if someone asks what are my plans I will be able to draw out a blue print for them at least. Maybe before school starts I need to take a week to just think out different possibilities and paths. Become more open-minded and try to find my passion. Things that I love to do such as fashion, expressing creativity, helping others, traveling, learning about different brands and cultures see how some way or another I can come up with something. Or make a list of the possible majors that interest me such as psychology, marketing, advertising, criminal justice, forensic psychology, or counseling and also see the career outlook because that’s something that is also a burden for many. For example in some fields it would be easier to get jobs after graduation. If anyone can give me advice or tell me any books or even refer me to someone to talk to that will be great, thanks for taking the time out to listen.

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Joelle Brinkley

Please know that you don't have to have it all together! People always try to push pressure on you to "act your age" and sometimes push you to places you never wanted to be or go. I have just reached my 20s and 30s and after a Bachelor's degree and then a Master's degree, I'm still looking for my dream job. I think I'm closer now that I've put some things in my past behind me. I figured out a few years ago through reading a book that I have way too many passions and that I don't have to do one thing or another but I can do as many things that are combined to bring me the most joy. I would write down a list of things that you really like to do and then go to your local library or check online to see what fields might be of interest to you. I researched jobs that aligned with things I was good at. My concern was not in the salary but how I could make a difference and where could jobs lead me down the road. Again, you don't have to have it all figured out but try to narrow down a good major that best fits you and classes that you'll be happy taking for the next 2 years. It doesn't what major you get, the sky is the limit as to what you can do with it!

Answered 3 years ago

Joelle Brinkley
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Stephanie Cooper

Okay, this is going to sound harsh - but the first thing you need to do is to write more professionally. (And I totally get that this doesn't have to be a formal website for professional writing, but it's bad practice, and you should always strive to use correct grammar and punctuation in all of your communications - it will help you go so much further.)
Second - most importantly, just get a degree. If you're unsure - get something general that can be widely applicable. But if you're really stressing about your major - take a piece of paper and write down the three things that motivate you in life - whether it's money, friends, family, status - whatever. Then write down the top three things that you like to do more than anything - it can be writing, singing in the shower - again, whatever. Then see if you can think of a way to make something on the two lists work together.
The other thing - if you think there are things you could like doing, find people in those jobs and ask them 1) what they like most about the job, and 2) what they like the least, or don't like at all. That might help you narrow things down a little.
Last - if you end up changing jobs or careers, it's ok. Just learn how to sell the experience you gain to propel you into the next opportunity.

Answered 3 years ago

Stephanie Cooper
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Angela Riehle

I would tell you that if you end up choosing a major and not liking it, it is not the end of the world. I changed my major at least four times before deciding on Communication Arts. Utilize this time to discern what your interests are, find what your true passion is, and go from there. Make sure to knock out your core classes first before tackling things like electives and such.

Answered 3 years ago

Angela Riehle
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Matt Dodd

I thought the same thing and I still do not know if I am doing what I want to do. I do know that I enjoy doing what I do and I could see myself doing it for the next 20 years. I would tell you to think of things you enjoy and try doing different things. If you are not sure get a degree in something that could work for multiple industries, such as business, marketing, communications, ect. You are young and you can always further your education later and find a field that you enjoy after try different things. I would try different jobs in school and internship at different places so you can see if you like something. I know so many people that have degrees in a field that they are not working in; at the end of the day it is all about showing the commitment to get the degree. I would tell you not to make yourself crazy over it and keep you options open. Hope this helps a little.

Answered 3 years ago

Matt Dodd