What do you want to do for the rest of your life? This is a question that we’ve heard a lot in the last two months. “It’s all about following your passion, and doing what you like” they say, “you wouldn’t want to end working in something you don’t like”.
Truth is we are only 16 years old; how are we supposed to have an idea close to what we want to do for the rest of our lives? Yes, we are all passionate about something, but passions come and go, they can change and vary, it’s completely normal for a teenager to change passions or interests constantly, because we are constantly exploring different fields and topics. What are the chances that you can actually know exactly the profession that fits you best, if you haven’t even had the opportunity to explore all the areas that interest you. What I’m trying to state here is that, for example, how am I supposed to know that I want to have a psychology-related career, if I haven’t had any experience in psychology, or psychology related topics?
But think about it, why do we have to make that decision now? In class, like in life, you can always decide to pivot and take another road. Nothing is set in stone, we should always continue exploring, and keep our options open; remember, you can change your career whenever you like. Actually, most people end up working in something completely different to what they majored in college. We shouldn’t think about what we want to do for the rest of our lives, that’s extremely hard to know, and almost impossible to predict at this point in our lives. Instead we should be thinking about what are our interests NOW, what brings us joy, what motivates us, what makes us happy; these are questions we should ask ourselves.