What would you want to pursue if there were no restraints put on you?
That is one of the questions you should ask when trying to figure out what you would like to do in life. The pursuit of finding your passion can happen at any time in your life, but everyone should really start that search in college. One of the first things that probably went through your head when thinking about starting college is what should be your major. This also probably led you to think about possible careers. Most likely, you had an idea about what career you would like to pursue, but thought to yourself, “is this career really my passion? Will I enjoy it for the rest of my life?” As time goes on, you will want to pick a career that is a passion for you so that you will look forward to going to work every day and not dread it.
Did you know that there is a myth that says what you major in college determines what your career is after you graduate? This is one of the reasons why finding your passion can be difficult. If you thought about that for awhile, you could probably think of several people you know that what they studied in college might have little to do what they actually do in their career. Let’s take for example students who major in History. Most people think that the only job for History majors is teaching. But, according to the GC Alumni page on LinkedIn, recent graduates that majored in History are actually pursuing careers in Business like Sales and Operations. Interestingly, the graduates in Business careers actually make up more of a percentage than those that chose to pursue a career in Education. About 5% of History majors even opened their own businesses pursuing entrepreneurial career paths! How is this possible? It is possible because they transfer and apply all the skills they learned from their entire liberal arts education including those skills gained by studying history. Check out the “What Can I Do With This Major?” resource for ideas of the numerous career paths available to every major. So, if you are having a difficult time trying to find a career that uses your major or worried that picking a specific major that you know you’d love won’t help you get a job because you assume that each major only has one or two career options, try thinking about how the skills you learn in that major can transfer to any career that you would enjoy. Transferable skills, like time management, critical thinking, research, teamwork, communication, or organization transfer to any career.
Another thing to remember is that careers change. The average American worker will change jobs up to 11 times and careers 2-4 times throughout their working life. The chances of you picking a major/career now and having to do it for the “rest of your life” is actually quite slim.
Need help figuring it all out? What careers and majors are out there? Here at the Career Center, we utilize a tool called Focus 2 that can help you start thinking about what your values and interests and how they correlate with Georgia College majors and future careers. The Focus2 consists of 5 career assessments that help you better understand yourself and possible majors/careers that you might like. After taking the Focus 2, you can discuss your results and next steps with a professional career coach at the Career Center. You can make an appointment over the phone or by coming in to our office located in Lanier Hall 110.
I know it can be frustrating sometimes when you don’t know what you like to do and then having to decide on a major and eventually a career. Finding your passion does not happen overnight, so give yourself time to explore every possibility. Your dream job may end up being one that you’ve never heard of before! But, whatever you decide to study or do for work, make sure you enjoy it! After all, this is your life; live it the way you want.