I think it’s pretty clear now that just having a college degree, any college degree, is no longer enough to get a career started. Companies are being a lot more selective with who they hire, and why. This means that people who are considering a future career need to also be more selective. I don’t think anyone can slide with just a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts anymore and think they can make a career out it. Also not everyone is suited for college either, and there should be no shame in that.
I’ve always advised people to try and figure out what they enjoy doing – what is their passion? Try to build a career around that. Perhaps that leads someone to majoring in medicine, or it leads them to going to a trade school to become an electrician or plumber.
Bottom line, find something you can enjoy and earn a living doing.
That isn’t to say you can’t (or shouldn’t) take a job you won’t enjoy – but a job is a job. They don’t have to turn into a life-long career. They are good to keep you on your feet until you can get a position in your career of choice.
I originally wanted to be a teacher, but after moving to Colorado in 1996, I could’t find teaching work and I didn’t know what else I wanted to do with my life. I still had bills to pay and needed to put food on the table. I took a job at JC Penney to do just that. I certainly never enjoyed that job, but it paid my bills and that’s what counted. While I worked there I began to learn how to create web sites, and learned that I really enjoyed working online. From there I ended up interviewing for, and getting, a paid internship for tech writing. That job eventually led me to getting a full-time position as a “webmaster” at another local tech company. My career then evolved from there and I couldn’t be happier.
There will be bumps along the road, but don’t let them stop you. Keep going, don’t give up – you may be surprised where life, and your career, will take you!
So, share with me in the comments – what are some of your passions? Are you working in a career that incorporates your passion, or are you just working at a job to pay the bills right now?