What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be the host of The Weakest Link. Then I wanted to be a vet. At least that’s what I told all of the adults when they asked.
Truth be told, I had no idea. I just knew that I loved animals and a vet was the only profession I knew of which involved animals. I also watched The Weakest Link every night.
About ten years down the track and I still have no idea what most career paths involve. Not only that, but I’m pretty sure there are a tonne of jobs out there that I don’t even know exist. Anyone in need of a dog surfing instructor? Because they’re out there.
The only way I was able to come to the realisation that I definitely did not want to work with animals, was to work with animals. I did work experience for a week at an animal shelter and it was the worst. Unfortunately, the animals we had to put down took majority over the animals we could help and release into the wild. This had never occurred to me before I was in the situation.
Get as much experience as possible, in as many areas as possible. You may like the idea of doing something, but you never really know until you do it. Anyone else have friends who have studied for an industry for 3 years, only to find out that they hated it after being out in the workforce?
Time to put yourself out there. Do some volunteer work. Do an internship. Be around industry professionals and see how they operate. Can you see yourself doing what they do?
There are also a heap of personality tests online that you can take to see what career paths you could do well in. I’ve found this one pretty helpful. Tests like this one can help you figure out what you need from your workplace. Should you be working alone or with a team? Do you need to feel like you’re making a real difference to the world, or are you just happy making your boss happy?
Don’t forget to take notice of your role models. What if I told you that you can, if fact, be like them? In your own way, of course. You’re drawn to them for a reason. What is it that they do that makes you admire them so much? Why not become your own role model?
Never forget that it’s never too late to change your mind. I don’t care how old you are, how invested you are, or how inexperienced you are. Anything is possible. Put your mind to it. Try it out.