When I was in Kindergarten, I thought I wanted to be a dentist.
In sixth grade, it was a singer. Preferably the Mariah-Carey-famous-level variety.
High school, I wanted to be the next Oprah. Essentially, I wanted to rule the world. (This aspiration has only slightly changed.)
And then in college, I double majored in Marketing and Finance, got an internship in investment banking and landed a job in that before I even started my senior year of college. So right in line with what I always wanted to do...
Fast forward to the present: I have had four jobs in five years at three different companies. And now I started my own. I’ve clearly changed my mind…a lot.
Now, I would not recommend jumping around like a kangaroo from job to job unless you are crystal clear as to WHY you are doing it (which I did, for the record). So if you are feeling like you want to change your mind on your career, here are some other tidbits to make you feel better:
You made career decisions when you were a teenager
As professionals, we set these hard and fast rules for ourselves based off decisions we made when we were 18. And if we’re honest, we were gently nudged in a certain career direction based off external sources (i.e.: well-intentioned parents, professors, peers etc.). Plus, studying something in a classroom environment and actually doing it are two totally different things. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? There are probably elements of your job that you love - and many others that you hate. If you’re like me, you start to realize what you are good at, where you thrive and also - what you stink at. Part of growing and learning in your career is getting to know yourself and how you were designed. It’s no surprise that who you are now is very different than 18-year old you. Cut yourself some slack.
You didn’t waste your degree
So many people keep pushing through the same career path because it’s what they earned a degree in. I talk to so many clients who say, “But I got a degree in [insert every major under the sun]. How can I just pivot into something else and waste that education?”
To which I respond, “What if you stay doing something you hate?"
The way I look at it is I will always have my Finance degree. But if Finance in practice doesn’t make me happy, do I really want to spend the majority of my life (because you DO spend the majority of your time working) miserable and unhappy? I don’t know about you, but it’s just not worth it. And you know what, that degree was not earned in vain. In fact, I think it gives me a better understanding of the world economy, therefore making me a better candidate and businessperson. So I’m telling you, if you change your mind, you didn’t waste your education. It will still be used in some way, shape or form.
You can’t predict the future
Think about it, ten years ago Facebook was just becoming a thing. The entire social media industry was barely a concept! And how many social media-related jobs are there now? How many companies started because social networks burst onto the scene? We’re entering into an age where industries and and job titles are changing daily. How were you supposed to know that you’d be good at and interested in something that didn’t even exist when you were in college? When I was in school, no one was going to work for startups. No one was encouraged to start their own companies. But now, my school has a whole entrepreneurial wing where I would’ve probably fit in best if I were to go back to school! So, my point is. You don’t know what you don’t know. And when you do know, it’s okay to pivot.
So what are you thinking about pivoting into? I want to hear below!
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