Confused Career

Lately, I’ve been in something of a crisis when it comes to deciding what I want to do with my life. Most college degrees, it seems like, require you to know exactly what you want to do within the first two years for you to make it out within four years. That did not happen with me….haha. I went into my Freshman year of college as a Criminal Justice major. Then, at orientation, I changed it to Nursing. Sophomore year it switched to Chemistry. Once I switched colleges a third time spring semester of Sophomore year, it became Science Education with an emphasis in Chemistry. Junior year that became Science Education with an emphasis in Biology. Towards the end of Junior year it started inching towards Biology in order to become a Physician’s Assistant.

Phew….I got a little stressed out just typing all that….

Anyway, it is incredibly apparent that from the beginning of my college career I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Not much has changed since then. I’ve gone from major to major searching for that one career path that will make me excited to get up and go to work every morning. It wasn’t until recently, though, that I realized my search has been less about what I really want to do/feel good about doing and more about what my family and others expect out of me.

My generation is the first in my family to go to college. Out of them, I’ve always gotten the best grades, so my family always expected me to get out of college and make lots of money by being a doctor, PA, lawyer, chemist, etc. My mom on the other hand, always wanted to be a teacher, but without a college degree or the willpower to go back to college has instead focused on trying to get me to become a teacher instead. Now, I am definitely a people pleasing type of person, especially when it comes to my family, so all of this has very much caused me to wonder if my degree changes have been entirely my pursuit of happiness or my desire to please someone in my family. Honestly, it has been incredibly frustrating and confusing.

Last night, I got so depressed about it and the way I felt my life was heading that I completely broke down to my boyfriend who suggested I write down a list of 50 career choices I think I would like doing (even if I didn’t have the talents at the moment or it seemed impossible) or have wanted to do going back to my childhood. 50 is kind of a lot, so the career choices started becoming a bit crazy. You would think writing down so many options would be overwhelming, but surprisingly, it helped a lot. Allowing myself to dream and imagine new possibilities for my life other than just what would make me lots of money helped to give me a better outlook on life and what it could be. I actually started believing in myself a bit more!

Because it helped me so much, I decided to post it on here. I know some are a bit far fetched, but that’s what makes it fun!

  1. PA
  2. Cake Decorator/Baker
  3. Shamu’s Trainer
  4. Actress
  5. Blogger
  6. YouTuber
  7. Teacher
  8. OBGYN
  9. Stay at Home Mom
  10. Journalist
  11. Counselor
  12. Author
  13. Wedding Planner
  14. Web Designer
  15. Disney World Character
  16. Duck Farmer
  17. Chef
  18. Script Writer
  19. Model
  20. Wedding Dress Store Person
  21. Nurse
  22. Midwife
  23. Nonprofit for Aged Out Foster Kids
  24. Medieval Times Character
  25. FBI agent
  26. Penguin Keeper
  27. Singer
  28. Dog Breeder
  29. Lawyer
  30. Judge
  31. Photographer
  32. Investigator
  33. Genetic Counselor
  34. Press Secretary
  35. Paralegal
  36. Crocheter
  37. Editor
  38. Therapist
  39. Zoologist
  40. Reality star
  41. Assistant
  42. Interviewer
  43. Professional Couch Potato
  44. Birds of Prey Specialist
  45. Makeup Artist
  46. TV Show Host
  47. Disney Cast Member
  48. Party Planner
  49. Match Maker
  50. Foster Parent

4 thoughts on “Confused Career

  1. Kate says:

    I was kind of opposite. Before I started college I was adamant on taking Accounting because it felt really great to be a corporate woman. Now two years in, and I’m starting to doubt if that’s a working environment I’ll want to be in. This is a really great and inspiring post!

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    • aliceboyd713 says:

      Really sorry I’m so late responding. I’ve been off the grid for a while trying to spend time with family 🙂

      My boyfriend is going through something very similar, but the good news is that I’ve heard of a lot of people who got a college degree in something and ended up doing something completely different. There’s definitely hope if you want to change! Best of luck!

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