(Closed) How did you figure out what you wanted to go to school for?

posted 8 years ago in College
Post # 3
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I completely understand!! Honestly, I still don’t know what I want to do, and I have a bachelor’s degree and I’m working part time on a masters…

I worked in my bachelor’s field for a few years, then changed fields completely, then started my masters and now I know I will not want to work in that field either.

Today, I am in my dream job that doesn’t have much to do with my bachelors or masters; however, both diplomas had me work hard and learn to analyse and write, and do all kinds of things that I have to do now for my job. It is never lost.

You get out of it with more knowledge and it gives you perspective.  so what if you change fields from time to time, it’s just how it goes! I’m in my dream job today, but it will probably change a few yeard down the road… And it’s ok. 🙂 All I’m trying to say, is it’s normal to be confused and anxious about this and you’re not the only one going through this. Try not to worry too much though; you can choose a path for right now, and if you eventually decide that this is not something you want to do all your life, you can change careers and the background that you bring to your new field is unique to you and you can make it work for you. It’s all good.

Maybe you can talk with a job councellor (I was one at one point!), they can help you pin point what is important to you in jobs and give good information on possible career paths that maybe you didn’t know about; and show you what education you need to access the market.


Post # 4
4824 posts
Honey bee

I did what I thought I was supposed to do and now it sucks. I make good money, but I hate it and am actually hoping to change careers or make the move to be able to change this year after the wedding.

My suggestion is to think about what you think would like to do and then call up someone in that profession locally and ask to job shadow them for a day or two (you dont have to know them dont worry!) Many people will let you because they understand your position.

The best way to figure out what you want to do, is to start eliminating what you dont want to do and by experience. 

I strongly recommend going through this book.

What Color is Your Parachute

Post # 5
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Here are some of the things I did when I was picking my career path:

  • Made a list of all the different careers I was interested in (even just a little bit)
  • Identified what the minimal entry requirements would be (education, training)
  • Narrowed down the list based on what type of training requirements I would be willing to do
  • Found people who were working in those fields and shadowed them (could be a day, a week, etc)

Post # 6
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I got a general business degree so I didn’t have to decide!  Now I’m in a field that I never thought I would end up in, and its awesome.  I thought I had it all figured out too – I was going to get my MBA in Sustainability Management and become a Sustainability Business Consultant (just figured this out about a year and half ago) but now I think I am going to stick with what I am doing now in the insurance field.  Luckily, I hadn’t started my masters program yet

Post # 7
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Funny story. For my 12th grade Marketing class, you either had to attend a local marketing competition or write a 20 page essay. Kinda a no-brainer. I went thinking I would just blow it off. We had to take a written exam and do some case study problem solving. Without trying, I won my local division, so I went to regionals and won, went to states and won, and then went to nationals and placed 2nd.

I thought “hey, maybe I’m onto something,” so I majored in marketing in college. 10 years later, I’m an Event and Sponsorship Marketing Account Executive and I LOVE it!!

Post # 8
535 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My senior year of high school, I took a “class” where I basically went to the local elementary school and was assigned a classroom to help out in.  I was in a kindergarten class for an hour each morning and I LOVED it!!  I ended up being placed with MY kindergarten teacher from years ago, which was fun.  Then, I went to college and graduated in 3 years with my bachelors degree in elementary education.  Last May, I got a job teaching preschool, but I miss the elementary school setting.  During my internship last year, I was also placed in a kindergarten class, which solidified my desire to be in a K-2 classroom.

Recently, I have decided to go back to school and recieve my Master’s in Language and Literacy.  With that degree, I want to be an elementary school Reading Specialist.  Reading was my favorite subject to teach in my experiences.  Also, I did a lot of volunteer work tutoring children throughout college, which helped me realize that teaching was for me.

Post # 10
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Okay, it sounds like you do best working for yourself.  You sound creative.  What is it that you feel is missing from what you do now?  Would you prefer to be more social in what you do?  More challenging?  Do you crave something specific you feel is missing in your current business?  I would explore that- maybe that will help you get a vision of what direction you should head.  😉

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