It’s obviously very difficult to choose a career. You want something that is interesting, fulfilling, and fits in with every aspect of your life. Some people never find a career like that, but you sure as hell better give it a try while you’re in college and still have the opportunity to.
Now some of you might remember that I’m applying for a second-entry business program, where my university allows me to study anything that I want for my first two years, go into a business program for my last two, and graduate with an Honors Degree in Business Administration. It sounds sweet for any confused college student (like me) who isn’t sure of what they want to do in the future, but it also means that you run the risk of finding something that you’re extremely passionate about and leaving it behind. Sure, there are dual degree programs, but they often fall short and aren’t exactly what you’re looking for.
Anybody who knows me, and anybody who has me on Facebook for that matter, knows that I love applied ethics and ethical theory. It’s something that I considered doing every single day for the rest of my life. In fact, if there were somewhat of a guaranteed income at the end of a Master’s and PhD program, I probably would. You see, sometimes life gets in the way of our passions, and our passions get in the way of our lives. (I’m thinking money and relationships here.)
The point is, sometimes it doesn’t make sense for us to pursue our most prominent passion. You know what else doesn’t make any sense? Putting all of this money and effort into college to end up with a career that you don’t enjoy. I mean, why would you sacrifice so much to do something that you don’t want to do for the rest of your life?
So maybe there’s something else out there that you enjoy. It might not be your favorite thing in the whole world, but you might like it enough to do it every day for the rest of your life. Choose a career based on that. I still don’t know what that is for me, but I do know that I’m much too risk-averse to make a career in Philosophy for myself. So I’ll keep looking. There’s no two ways about it – you have to commit to finding a satisfying career. Commit to it like it’s your job. (Haha! Because it is your job! Literally! Get it?! Okay now.)
Have you found your career path yet?
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