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Old 05-01-2015, 11:31 AM
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In addition to the good advice above, I offer you this...

Originally Posted by pilot0012
I keep having constant doubts as to whether this is really the career I want to go into.
1) Realize this is completely normal... that most people have such doubts, regardless of career choice. It is the exception, not the norm, for a person to be blessed without doubt in this regard.

2) Realize, too, that MOST people will go through 2-3 careers in their lifetime. if you work from 20 to 60 years old, that is equivalent to 2 twenty-year careers. (Read: life is long and you have the time to make mistakes and recover from them if you do make a mistake).

3) Relax. Take some deep breaths while you re-read #1-2 above.

4) Focus on earning a degree in a discipline that can be used and have value to almost any career you choose REGARDLESS of what it is (like finance or marketing, for examples).

Whatever you do, avoid liberal arts degrees like the plague. They are for the dilettantes and idle wealthy, are utterly useless to real world employers, and employers know it.

5) No matter what you choose, understand that you will always have to make sacrifices to get where you want to go. Examine those sacrifices carefully. Look before you leap.

6) Most important of all, examine your "self" (not "yourself") at least 2x as hard as any career you might be interested in. The only way to know if a career path is right for you is to know your self FIRST. Only then can you reasonably understand when one choice is better for you than another. For example, if you hate to travel but love airplanes, being a professional pilot is a bad fit.

You've got to know your self, FIRST, before you can make a good choice for yourself re: a career path.

I've found this (#6) is the thing that most "utes" today get hung up on. They don't know themselves, mainly because they haven't taken the time to truly understand what makes them tick. Always looking outward, rarely inward. IF this is you, start here. And realize, too, if you haven't done any work in this regard, it's going to take some time. You won't figure it out in a week or two. More like a year or three. Maybe longer. That's the beauty of college. Spend 4 years earning a degree you can use almost anywhere while having the time to figure yourself out.
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Old 05-01-2015, 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted by SayAlt
In addition to the good advice above, I offer you this...



1) Realize this is completely normal... that most people have such doubts, regardless of career choice. It is the exception, not the norm, for a person to be blessed without doubt in this regard.

2) Realize, too, that MOST people will go through 2-3 careers in their lifetime. if you work from 20 to 60 years old, that is equivalent to 2 twenty-year careers. (Read: life is long and you have the time to make mistakes and recover from them if you do make a mistake).

3) Relax. Take some deep breaths while you re-read #1-2 above.

4) Focus on earning a degree in a discipline that can be used and have value to almost any career you choose REGARDLESS of what it is (like finance or marketing, for examples).

Whatever you do, avoid liberal arts degrees like the plague. They are for the dilettantes and idle wealthy, are utterly useless to real world employers, and employers know it.

5) No matter what you choose, understand that you will always have to make sacrifices to get where you want to go. Examine those sacrifices carefully. Look before you leap.

6) Most important of all, examine your "self" (not "yourself") at least 2x as hard as any career you might be interested in. The only way to know if a career path is right for you is to know your self FIRST. Only then can you reasonably understand when one choice is better for you than another. For example, if you hate to travel but love airplanes, being a professional pilot is a bad fit.

You've got to know your self, FIRST, before you can make a good choice for yourself re: a career path.

I've found this (#6) is the thing that most "utes" today get hung up on. They don't know themselves, mainly because they haven't taken the time to truly understand what makes them tick. Always looking outward, rarely inward. IF this is you, start here. And realize, too, if you haven't done any work in this regard, it's going to take some time. You won't figure it out in a week or two. More like a year or three. Maybe longer. That's the beauty of college. Spend 4 years earning a degree you can use almost anywhere while having the time to figure yourself out.
Well said. Only question is, how do we really look inside and get to know ourselves and who we are? Simple concept, hard to do...
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