It’s that time of year again, students are graduating from high school and college, and they are suddenly faced with the grueling question, “What am I going to do now?”
For those graduating high school, they may be solely focused on starting college in the fall, or maybe they’ve studied a trade and have decided to begin their life in the working world right away. For those graduating college, yes, there’s always the option for more schooling. Continuing their education could be a crucial part of the career path they’ve chosen. Some are done, they’ve worked tirelessly these past four years and they are ready to begin their career, or at least, hope they’re ready.
It’s completely normal not to have everything figured out, to not be quite sure if the direction you’re headed is the path you’ll continue to follow. What is important is to take a minute to think about what speaks to your soul. It may sound corny to some, maybe even a bit dramatic. But how can you put all your vigorous work and dedication into something you’re not passionate about?
Maybe you’ve asked yourself that question and tried endlessly to figure out what that is. Sometimes, it doesn’t work that way. Maybe you’re working at a job for financial stability and corporate credibility while you figure out what you truly want to do. These epiphanies can happen when you least expect it. You find yourself focusing on one cause or job and that’s all you can think about.
This can take time, but of course it crosses the minds of graduates, both high school and college, right around this time. This is the most important thing, to find something you’re not just good at or understand, but something you can happily put all your hard-earned energy into and continuously grow from there.
That may sound like a lot of soul-searching and self-discovery. But like most things, that’s not all it’s going to take. The world is going through a time right now where everyone needs to look past themselves. Past what they want individually. There’s such a huge divide in a nation that needs to stand together as one.
So, when you’re racking your brain and trying to figure out what it is you want to do and need to do, think past your personal interests. Use those are a starting point and grow from there. You love cooking? Don’t just limit yourself to working in a restaurant or even opening your own. Think of all the people in the world who are starving, and all the people you could help if you don’t just think outside the box, but completely past it. There’s no box when you’re following your dreams as well as benefitting the greater good.
This sounds like a lot of pressure. And some of these things may take years. Beyond what you’re even expecting it to take. But if you can benefit yourself as well as benefit a world desperately in need of support and unity, what’s stopping you?