At some point this thought crosses everyone's mind: what am I supposed to do with my life?
We inevitably ask ourselves this question all throughout our life, but it seems to be most pressing during college, and surfaces even more questions along with it. What should my major be? What about minor? What if I graduate and I can't do anything with my degree? Is this even what I want to be doing? It's easy to get overwhelmed.
When I feel this pressure, I try to return to what my great-grandfather always said about careers. He said, "Do what you love, and you'll never work a day in your life."
I'll use myself as an example. I love to write, and so I chose to be an English Writing major. Now, I know that my passion for writing does not mean that I inevitably should've become and English Writing major. But I am aware that God has given me this gift and I would be foolish not to use my abilities. Does that mean I should base my career on writing? Not necessarily. But I believe anyone who does what they are passionate about for a living will be better off for it.
For some of us, doing what we love seems impractical, too idealistic. And in some circumstances, that might be so. How do we discern how to properly do what we love?
For one, you must be willing to accept adversity in your desired field. If you're passionate about being a doctor, then you will have to accept the academic burden that is Pre-Med. You will spend more time studying than most other majors, and there might be times when you are stuck studying while your friends are out having fun. But, if that is what you are passionate about, then the commitment is worth it, and you will see the fruits of your labor. It might not happen immediately, though.
Your dream job is almost never going to be the first one you get right out of college. Doing what you love is fantastic; but sometimes it takes time. For instance, say your goal is to run your own advertising company. If you don't have the capital to start your own business, you have to save up for it. Also, you need experience in the field, not just in the classroom. You might start as a junior graphic design artist and learn the craft and how an ad agency operates before you start your own company. Patience is valuable when pursuing your dreams.
Often, people pursue certain careers for the sole intent to earn money. Obviously, the main point of having a job is to have money, and a good income is important. But don't let your happiness suffer for your paycheck's sake. I've heard several stories of people who work in high-paying fields, yet hate going to work and admit they wish they had done something they enjoyed for a living. The promise of more money can lure you into a major and career that is not satisfying for you.
The bottom line is this: find some type of work you enjoy, and figure out how to make a living out from it. Easier said than done, I know. Honestly, I'm still trying figure that out myself. But, it's ok to not have everything mapped out just yet. As long as you work hard and use the gifts you have been given, you will find something that gives you satisfaction.
P.S. MC has a career services which can help find your strengths as it applies to jobs. It can be a useful tool for MC students. Here's the link to the career services website: https://www.mc.edu/career/
Evan, Excited for what the future holds