Just what the hell am I going to do with my life?
This is the question that ominously looms over young adults. There are two factors that charge this question full of stress.
Firstly, career options initially seem endless. This, of course, is a good thing. But anyone that has Netflix knows how difficult choosing can be, when presented with a wealth of options. However, if you chose a dodgy movie it might ruin your evening, but the wrong decision career-wise will affect the next years of your life! It is easy to see how this choice becomes overwhelming.
Secondly, the more you look in to a chosen field of work, the more it seems as though the doors are locked. Grad schemes have a thousand applicants, internships do not pay enough and other jobs require an unfair amount of experience.
The whole process can become disheartening. As a result, people end up in careers they do not necessarily enjoy, or without employment at all.
But, here at Spiela we want to communicate one simple message: Don’t worry!
We know there is a lot of pressure on young people to find their dream career. However, this article will provide two main points to remember, when the career hunt becomes tough.
Firstly, you do not have to stick with one career for the rest of your life. As the retirement age continues to climb, more and more people switch careers. They achieve this by retraining their skill set, and refocusing their priorities. It is a highly regarded move, as it helps an individual keep their work life fresh. If you find yourself in a career that you do not enjoy, there is no shame in doing something different.
Secondly, it is never too late to pursue your dream. People often feel that time is against them, but lack of time only functions as an excuse. The best example of this is actor Dorothy Steel. Steel retired in 1984, but at aged 88 she took up acting. By the age of 91, she had secured a role in Black Panther! This serves to remind us that, just because your ideal career may not be available now, you will get your opportunity one day. Therefore, there is no need to rush in to the wrong area of work.
Here at Spiela, we understand the stresses of starting a new career. We hope that the advice provided will help put some minds at ease. Just remember, you do not need to stick to one career, and you never know when your opportunity might arise.
What would your dream career be? Let us know in the comments below.
2 Feb 2021