We’ve been asked this questions since our first day of Kindergarten. We tried to ignore it all throughout high school and at every family gathering and here we are at the finish line having to face it head on. What do we want to be when we grow up?
I’ve entered my last and final year of school and there are so many mixed feelings that go with that. There’s the excitement of walking that stage and crossing another huge milestone off the list. The sadness that I have to say goodbye to a lot of great friends as they move back to their hometowns and then there’s the bitterness and the fear that I really do have to get my life together.
It’s terrifying on it’s own not to mention when you start listening to outside factors like where our economy currently stands. If you’re as lost as I am take some time to yourself and consider the following questions. You may not find an exact answer to what you want but it’s a good starting point to see where you stand.
- What are my options with my current level of education?
- What assets (work experience, personality traits, achievements) do I bring to the table?
- What am I doing when I feel most inspired?
- What would my ideal day at work consist of?
- Is work culture important to me? Who do I want to be surrounded by?
- Is there any companies in mind right off the bat I would want to apply to?
- What DON’T I want in a job? A boss? A work environment?
- In what ways can I network and create opportunities for myself?
- What do I have left to learn in my industry?
- Am I open to applying outside of my current city?