for all those teenagers and even people my age or older, who are finishing school, starting uni, half way through their degree, just finished their degree or people who straight out do not know what they want to do.
Hang in there.
Facebook just reminded me of a status I shared 3 years ago. . .
“That utter depressing moment when you are at the end of your degree and realise, one: this isn’t really what you want to be studying and two: you live the completely wrong areas to get jobs in A: the degree you are about to complete and B: the one you really want to do, fuck.”
I wrote this 6 months before I graduated from my degree. My Bachelor of Business and Convention and Event Management. A degree that I wanted to change to marketing, and that I thought I was never going to get a job from.
Another 6 months after I graduated from that degree, I travelled on my first big adventure with two girlfriends, not knowing what the hell I wanted to still do with my life, and feeling really down on myself. I felt like all my friends had it sorted and that I was just the drag along who was going to work behind a bar forever.
Half way through that trip I decided I was going to be a travel agent. The first thing I did when I returned was applying for as many jobs as I could. Success! Travel agent job was acquired within 1 month and a half!
Did my degree help? Yeah to a certain extent. I knew how to sell myself to a professional panel, how to deal with accounts better, the basics ins and outs of the business, and yeah it definitely helped overall.
However, I’m not ready for the office lifestyle, and I realised this while travelling on my next big solo adventure that I wanted to be a tour guide.
In three years, my career path has changed, many times. I’m not writing this to say that the way I did it was the best way. Not at all. I am writing this to remind people, especially teenagers and other young adults, that it is okay to not know what you want to do with the rest of your life. That it is okay to change your mind every now and then and that as much as your degree might seem worthless at some point in time, I can guarantee you that it will help down the track, AKA when you’re roaming through Europe trying to do accounts for your new job.
If you asked me three years ago, where I thought I would be today, I would have said: “Either working full time in an event management firm or marketing, possibly engaged and living out of home.”
Well, I am living out of home, however, do not have a residential address, nor a proper full-time job and definitely don’t even have a boyfriend!
What I’m trying to prove here, is life doesn’t always go the way you plan it too. And when you begin to freak out, breathe, it will be okay.
Do I now know what I want to do for the rest of my life, hell no. But I do know for this season, I am going to be a tour guide and probably next Summer too.
Do I know what I want to do over the winter when the season ends? No clue, but I have realised that’s okay, it’s okay to not know and just embrace the journey you get taken on.
Things change in life and you change too, don’t stress too much and embrace every damn second of what this crazy life has to throw out you. I promise you will not be disappointed.
Hang in there, it works out in the end, or in my case, the middle, this journey is still writing itself.
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