This can be one of the most stressful and confusing decisions to make because everyone’s different. If you’re one of those people who have always known that a career in medicine or law was the path you wanted to take (and you have a passion for it), then great, you’re sorted!
For those of you who have never thought about what you want to do or where you want to be until it’s come to choosing classes in school, or having the careers talk, or have even ended up in an industry that you don’t enjoy working in, then don’t worry, TMB might be able to help in a small way! This can also apply to those of you who may want to study an evening course while working full-time, or even choose a different career path completely (it’s not against the law to do that).
Our top tips are:
1. Choose a subject you know you will enjoy.
2. Consider being slightly practical too; think about what career you can get out of that subject.
3. Research. Research. Research. Google the hell out of your area of interest. You may find an area of that subject that you know you will hate, and some degrees can be quite specific.
4. Don’t follow the crowd, do what you want to do.
The first point of advice is to choose something you enjoy. If you’re good at maths, but indifferent about how you feel towards it, then do you really want to study that for a number of months or even years? There’s nothing worse that getting to the middle of your course and thinking, “shit, I really hate this.” If you’re average in English, but really enjoy it, then chances are that you will become better at that subject.
Being practical is also very important. If there’s the option of combining, for example, Business Studies (practical) and Computing (what you enjoy) then consider that as an option. This is where 3 comes in… RESEARCH and we can’t stress this enough. If you don’t do the research, then how will you know your options? Look at institutions that give you a lot of options, especially when it comes to combining subjects. If you’re planning on doing an evening class, consider the time frame of combining two subjects and if that suits you.
At the end of the day it’s not easy, because you have to make that decision and it can have a big impact on your life. Think carefully, consider the consequences and think about the future. If you can really see yourself working in a professional environment with the subject of your choice and know what career you can get out of your course, then you’re heading in the right direction.
If anyone has any other ideas or tips on helping to decide your career path, then please share in the comments. We will leave you with one of our favorite quotes from Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen”…
“Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life… the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.”