it’s okay to not have your entire life figured out

Ever since I could remember, I have always been asked by aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers etc. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My answers changed over the years from princess to mommy to teacher to author to journalist etc. But, as I write this post I am still not entirely sure of what is going to be my path. I am in school for Child & Youth Studies, when I accepted my offer I had plans to become an elementary teacher. But even over these past couple of weeks that I have been in class, I am slowly changing my mind. What other opportunities are there? What other careers can I strive for? I don’t want to waste my money on tuition, books, parking etc (however, I am so so thankful that this university in particular has free parking!!!) and then end up not knowing what the heck to do at the end of it all. It is scary. But, we have time. It may feel like time is running out, and that quite possibly you may be nearing the end of your current school program. But, do your research, find different options, try different things out and keep focused. I have found it’s also really helpful to ask different people who are already in the field you may be thinking of what their experience is like among other questions. I have a couple family members who are teachers and I’ve learned a lot of different things that I didn’t know before and I’ve gotten a lot of insight. Networking and making those connections can ultimately lead you to greater opportunities, doors that were never there before and also an opportunity to get to know the career choice before getting too far in. I think that may also be another factor in to why I am re-thinking becoming a teacher because now I have some insight as well as I am a little bit more knowledgeable about other career choices that I didn’t even know there were. I think that the ability to be open minded will lead you to doors that others may not have the chance to open. Go with the flow while still remaining focused. Be open minded, willing to try new things, learn new things and it will change your entire outlook and possibly your entire career path. Something I have also found useful is that when I was in college for Early Childhood Education, I only took it to bridge into my current university program. I knew (or what I thought I knew) that the only career option for that ECE program was essentially to become an ECE. But by the end of the program, I had been involved in placements, presentations and had the chance to talk with people who were high up in the field and I actually found that there were so many more options in this field other than just being an ECE. Moral of the story is, trust the path you’re on. Find out more and try to continuously learn, You don’t have to have your whole life figured out yet because things change and the only option is to keep finding new opportunities and to have that open mindset.

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