You Don’t Have to Decide Right Now

Back when I was in high school and trying to decide on what university I wanted to go to, I was going through all the questions in my mind and I ended up at a standstill based on my rational self and what I wanted to pursue.

My rational self (as well as parents and teachers) kept on telling me I should choose the path that would mean an easy time trying to get a job and getting a good salary. Thoughts about choosing programs like biology, math and computer science started to cross my mind, however, the same question kept coming to my mind: “Is that what I really want to do with my life?” After all I was good at subjects like math and they would allow for me to have a good job along with a good paycheque, but I couldn’t help but think “Will I be happy doing a job in this field for the rest of my life?”

The actual answer to these questions isn’t always easy. You don’t have to choose what you want to do with the rest of your life right now. Yes, it may seem that a certain subject area or degree is the holy grail and will open up any and all possibilities for future employment, but it really isn’t that simple. For one, you just can’t keep telling yourself you love to do something when studying it over and over for four years straight is making you miserable. One thing that many teachers and parents will never tell you is even if you don’t choose the most “rational” program to study, you can still find a job.

As an English major, I was told over and over by friends, family, and even random strangers that I will never find a job. And yes, at times it did seem like I would be a struggling graduate desperately looking for a decent job, but then I started to do research (crazy right?) and I found some of the most reassuring articles and information. I could teach abroad, be a journalist, even work for big business companies.

The lesson I want all of you to take-away from this is, don’t choose a subject or program purely on what will get you hired quickest. Choose something you’re actually interested in and what you want to do with your life, if you start studying it and find out it’s not for you, that’s fine! Changing your major or field is more than okay. Don’t feel that you need to decide on what you want to do with the rest of your life right now.

People evolve and grow and change, so you should be allowed to do the same.

– Jenn