When I was making a decision about what to major in in college, I was convinced I would mess up the process.
I was sure there was ONE right decision; one that was best for me to explore my passions, learn everything I could, and land my dream job right out of college.
The pressure was overwhelming.
So I decided to ask around. I found people doing things I thought I would love. I asked them how they got into their field. I asked for feedback on my degree choices: would you be more likely to hire me if I had Degree A or Degree B?
Their answers surprised me. Instead of a detailed list of do’s and don’ts based on other’s experience, the messages I heard were a lot more encouraging.
Study something you’re passionate about.
Get a degree—any degree—and focus on your work experiences.
Do what you love and you’ll never regret it.
To be honest, I was confused. Was it really that easy? Did I really just need to “do what I loved” and the rest would sort itself out?
Well, it may seem like the easy answer, but it’s one that worked. I chose to major in Social Sciences, a degree that summed up all my passions. Since then, every job, training, and educational opportunity I’ve pursued has lined up with those same passions.
Whether you’re choosing a major, deciding on a career, or just figuring out which job application to fill out next, take the time to step back and decide what you really want.
In the words of Howard Thurman…
“Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
What’s important to you? What are you passionate about?
Founder of StudentHero, Brittany Barden is a Professional Certified Coach who has worked with more than 200 clients. She comes alongside college seniors and recent college graduates as they transition from the intensity of school to a successful and fulfilling job. She enjoys exploring the wilderness of Colorado, travel, laughter, life coaching, speaking to teens, organizing, dark chocolate and chai lattes, history and allegories, friends old and new, and learning to embrace this crazy, beautiful thing we call life.