(Closed) anyone else not know what they want to do for the rest of their life?:(

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2714 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012


I’m in the same boat, but don’t really have any answers for you. I have a BA in history and am an admin right now. I really have no clue what I want to do with myself and unfortunately don’t really have any qualifications either.

I always think about going back for something, but I already have student loans from my BA and I’m not ready to assume any more debt.

In the meantime I’m just kinda floating along, taking it one day at a time.

Sorry that wasn’t very helpful, but you’re not alone!

Post # 4
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I was there about a year ago, but I had an opportunity literally fall into my lap. Never in a million years thought I would stay in insurance (that’s what I did to put me through school but I wanted to be a sustainability management consultant) and I am now a life insurance broker for an awesome company. Money is great, coworkers are fantastic, and I can work as much or as little as I want

Post # 6
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have no idea what I want to do with the rest of my life. But Im not worrying too much about it. It would drive me crazy if I did!

Post # 7
46600 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s not unusual to not have a clear path. Apparently the average person is now predicted to have between 5 and 7 different careers-not just jobs- in their lifetime.

Every job you do gives you transferable skills to do something else.

Post # 8
1506 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Totally hear you. I have a BA in Music Business and I’ve been working a job I hate for the past 3 years. Not sure what my next step will be, but I know I can’t keep doing this!
Good luck to you though. I hope you find some peace of mind in whatever you end up doing!

Post # 9
64 posts
Worker bee

It may be helpful to meet with a career counselor. I believe many colleges offer this service for free. I did this (albeit many moons ago) when I was in college and it helped shape my educational goals towards the career track most suited for me. 

Post # 10
588 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m sorry you’re feeling this way. I’m in the same boat as far as schooling goes. I’m currently in school but I’m basically just doing it to put off having to pay back student loans – not a very good motivation to do well in my classes. I have no idea what I want to do. If you want to get a skill quickly you could look into Certified Nursing Assisstant (CNA/LNA/Nurses Aide) courses. Of course, it depends on what state you’re in (if you’re in the US) how long it takes. I managed to get my certificate within a month. I got pregnant right afterwards though so I never got a job doing it because I couldn’t physically do the work. Or you could look into community/junior colleges that offer certificate programs such as accounting or paralegal. A lot of community colleges have online courses now and many night courses because they’re used to working with students who work full time. Look at the silver lining – this is a time in your life that you get to explore and make mistakes without tons of worry. Just enjoy the ride. That’s what I try to remind myself when I start thinking about the future.

Post # 12
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m in the same boat.  I’m finishing my bachelor’s degree, but I still don’t know what I want to do.  Can you go back to school doing a general major until you decide?  I am majoring in English right now because I like reading and writing, but I have no clue what I’m going to do after I graduate.  Maybe something like that will help? 

Also, research things you are interested in.  That might help you narrow it down some. 

Post # 13
1052 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

I don’t think it’s bad or unusual to not know what you want. It takes us all a little while, and its not worth putting your all into something you’re not sure about.

Spend some time with people who do these jobs, if you can and see if you can narrow down where you want to put your energy. 

That said, you mentioned vet and, as a vet, I wanted to add my two cents.  Vet school is remarkably like med school.  It is demanding of your energy, mind, and time…. for 7-8 years.  I have no doubt that you could do it if you set your mind to it, but it’s something to be really sure of.  Being a vet is fantastic and challanging and fun.  Vet school (to be honest) sucks. 

Post # 14
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yeah most days I don’t either.  I’m moving with my husband to a new city this summer so currently looking for a job there.  Its really hard.  We’ve never lived there so its hard to know what to expect.  He’s going to grad school so I NEED to get a job to support the both of us while he takes out more student loans.  No pressure right?!?

Post # 15
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you’re painfully shy around people to the point of limiting your future prospects, I think that is the most important part of yourself to work on over the next couple of years, as it is what will limit you the most. It will limit the types of guys you meet and the kind of relationships you have, it will limit your education and thus what types of jobs you can do, it will limit the interviewing process. If you are painfully shy, why are you training for a job where you have to deal with parents and kids all the time? A vet, beauty, nursing are all fields that are heavily people-intensive. You’re going to have to get yourself in a position to handle that!

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