Okay, so I just graduated, and I still don’t have a concrete grasp of my future plans. It is SO hard to figure out what you want to do for some, yet so easy for others. All throughout my undergrad I thought I wanted to be a dentist and then in my last year I decided it wasn’t really for me. I have some ideas of what I’d like to apply to but am still quite confused. At times I get so frustrated. I’m a planner, I like to know what my exact plans are for the next five to ten years LOL. I now know that isn’t realistic and this process has actually taught me a lot.
I learnt that I can’t control everything in life as much as I’d like to and also it has helped me learn more about myself: what my goals are and how my future career could help me accomplish my goals, what kind of lifestyle I want, and what my passions are. I mean, all those questions still have a big question mark beside them but I’ll figure it out eventually. I think if I could go back to my first year self, I would tell myself to not stay stuck on a certain career choice until I’ve explored other options and really answered the questions I’ve mentioned above. Another thing I’ve learnt through this, is A LOT of people are still confused about what career they want to choose, and that’s okay.
I’ve been to every “career for your personality” website I could find in the past year, and that’s been a bit helpful but there are a lot of other resources to help you find the career that’s meant for you. You could make an appointment with a career educator at Career Services on campus, or shadow a professional that you hope to someday become. Another important resource you can use in this process is Counselling Services. I found with this career finding process comes a lot of different emotions, and it may be useful to talk to a counsellor about your feelings and struggles in this part of your life. At Counselling Services you can also book a career counselling appointment to explore your options with a professional.
At the end of the day, I think the most important thing to remember is that we all go through this, and everyone figures it out eventually, I mean I don’t know from first-hand experience, but here’s hoping. 😉
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