Happy Friday COB! Last week I talked with you all about life as a second semester senior and all of the simple pleasures that it entails (online classes, more free time, making a senior bucket list, etc.) This week I come to you with something I would not call simple by any means. That is how you must respond to this question, which seems to be asked to you every 15 minutes or so: “So what do you want to do with the rest of your life?”. That is a loaded question if I have ever heard one. A question that is not only loaded, but also one that usually causes panic, anxiety, moderate sweating and if you are like me, some slight stuttering.
Last week I was sitting in my leadership capstone and a speaker came in to talk to our class about his career and his experiences with becoming a leader. At the end of his speech he looked at each of us and asked what our dream job would be (insert panic, anxiety, etc. here). I know it should be a simple answer and for me, a girl that has over-planned her entire life, it should be a VERY simple answer. However, it triggered a nerve and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since then. If someone had asked me that question a year ago, I would have said “an account executive at a big advertising agency”. Since my experience this summer interning at an advertising agency, I have changed my mind and, honestly, advertising is not something I could stand to do for the rest of my life. I am thankful for having that realization prior to getting out into the real world; however, it still leaves me with the unanswered and daunting question.
As a way to combat this question I have tried to figure out how I am going to answer it. The only way that I can think of is to talk to people and hopefully have the opportunity to shadow them in their line of work. I think this will help me get a better feel for different jobs and what I enjoy. Today I am spending the afternoon with a friend’s mother who owns a very successful interior design business assisting her with appointments and administrative tasks. Next week I plan to speak with a few different professors that have retired from jobs in sales and B2B marketing. Hopefully this will help me gain some clarity and maybe even a little bit of confidence. Either way, I know at this age I cannot have it all figured out, but wouldn’t it be nice?!
I would love to hear from all you students out there! Are you experiencing the same or are you one of the lucky few that know? Comment here and enjoy your weekend everyone!