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As a freshman, the real world seems so far away, but suddenly you arrive at your senior year and you have no idea what you want to do with the rest of your life. Well, at least that’s how I feel. It is scary to think that one year from now I will be graduated from college and on my own with a real job (hopefully). It’s scary because I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THAT JOB WILL BE. But as I think about this situation that I am in, I start to ask myself some questions.

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  • Do I want to do something within the field of my major?
  • What are my strengths and skills?
  • What have I really enjoyed doing in past jobs?
  • What are my passions?
  • Would I rather earn a lot of money or enjoy what I am doing, or both (bonus!)?
  • Would I rather be at a desk or working with people face to face?

I know I’m not alone here. A lot of you are freaking out… right? Well, I think what we need to do is just start thinking about it now. And ask ourselves those questions. Let’s not wait until the last minute.

As you go through college, you think about all of the different potential futures you have. Look back at those ideasand try to remember what really peaked your interest or what you wanted to do, but weren’t yet qualified for. Perhaps the internships you’ve had have demonstrated what you don’t want to do! Thats a good sign–at least you tried it out before getting into it for the long haul.

As you have developed your resume, you have figured out a certain skill set you might possess. As you think about what your good at and what makes you happiest, keep in mind the way you felt being at a certain job, or doing a certain activity at school, or a particular class you enjoyed. Something that has really helped me is talking to my friends and family about what they think I am best at and where my skill set lies. Know no bounds when you start to think about your future!

What concerns do you have about graduating?

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