YELP! I don’t have a career choice!
I’d like to think that whilst you’re still an exam taker with lectures and tutorials dictating your life, it is still okay to not know what job you’ll be doing after uni. However I also think it is a time to try to dabble in a thing or two and pull out your magic hat of hobbies, to look at what things leave you giddy with joy and what things leave you craving some more time dedicated to it.
Hey, if people can make a career out of just sat in front of their computers playing video games for the pleasure of others, then by all means all rules about career should be thrown out the window. Uni is a time and tool I believe where we acquire knowledge and transferable skill sets for the future. Your degree title doesn’t necessarily dictate what your future career is.
I think though, the all too important decision is to find out which of all your many eccentricities could be worth dedicating a lifetime to, and that can translate well into a sustainable “income provider”, to foster your tendencies of indulging in fancy high-priced cuisines in unique cities – I’m that girl – or the all so ever gadget black hole.
Which brings me back to my predicament.
I don’t have a definite career choice.
I have had people ask me numerous questions about what’s next after uni or what the future plan is. My problem is not the lack thereof of dreams and aspirations; it is that there are quite a few of them with no common ground, so I can’t merge it. I am glad I finally took the plunge to study Journalism after years of wanting to do it, but then I also love diplomacy and I have an interest in International development.
So the question is, do I take the plunge again and find a way to merge the loves of my intellect – Economics, Journalism, International development all wrapped with the bow of diplomacy and international affairs – or do I have to choose one. My ultimate dream someday is to join the gang over at the UN to help change the world one resolution – or a few actually at a time.
Now if you recall I did mention that I have a few career choices. The creative dragon in me – which breathes with a ferocious fire – will just want to travel the world, learn it like the back of my hand, visit places that are not even on the maps and try cuisines that will make even the most experienced chef “salivate” with wonder!!
And after all that, write about it! Share my adventures through words. My encounters with people and the things that I have learnt.
This is whilst of course also writing books – BTW I have also taken another plunge and started working on my book, my friend Amina said that she believes I’ll be a famous writer in 5 years. Whether that is going to happen or not, I need to write the book to find out don’t I 😉
Also blogging has been a thing for me the past 3 years, it is something that I wish to continue so that is already a side career for me, I don’t know if it will be my job someday. But then that means I have an added career choice.
I think though the best thing about having all these interests is that I get to have a well-rounded view about certain things in the world. I find myself at Model United Nations conferences making use of my knowledge on one of my hobbies in a debate. This makes me also realize that the world is becoming so interconnected, thank you globalization.
In my mind I believe it is okay to try everything out, so you get to experience everything you wish for. But for some reason I find people expecting me to have a clear and defined goal at this stage in my life. I don’t think that is fair, not everyone is wired the same way. Besides don’t we learn as we go through life? Isn’t uni just a stage in the process?
You may think I am wrong in my thinking, please share your thoughts in the comments. I am dying to read it.
In conclusion, dear Angels who have waved magic wands for millennials gone by, I need your input to help me in figuring out life after Uni. As for millennials – and even Gen X – how is it going for you? Any input to this post? Let’s have a conversation in the comment. I also want to find out if anyone can relate to this!