There is no one guide that will tell you where to go or what to do with your career. There will always be those, who says that you should follow your passion, the usage of this phrase is still increasing from the 90‘. And it sound nice, isn‘t? But then again, your mom says, that you cannot make money playing your ukulele on the streets. What to do, so that you end up having a successful and fullfiling career? You need to be flexible and find a balance.
I‘m not the one to tell you, but I remember myself, when I was in 9th grade and I was so sure, that I will be clinical psychologists in the future. And then came graduation, applications for universities and collages. I was still convinced, that I will have my own office and will consult people with problems. I was so sure, that psychology was my only option. And now, 6 years after graduating, I have my bachelor degree in psychology and I‘m happy, that I chose that, because it gave so much knowlegde and incredible experiences, but I‘m also lost and confused, because everything end up not the way I imagined. I studied, I worked, I met a lot of new, different and awesome people, and my ideas about career changed. I‘m not so sure anymore. I understood, that what I thought I want when I was 16, is not exactly what is the best fit now, when I‘m 25.
I needed reality check, I needed experience to understand what I want for my career.
That‘s why quite a lot of people, speaking about the topic, says, that career planning is not working. Most of the time peole end up being in different positions or fields than they planned when they were young.
But it is still important to know your interests, needs, strenghts, weaknesses, ambitions, values, so you can find the right directions, and then adapt your career to your experience while you‘re going the distance.
Starting point in thinking (or planning) about your future should be VISTA (values, interests, skills, traits, ambitions). That at least helped me. Once you know yourself better, it‘s easier to understand what would be the best choice. Sometimes following your passion can be tricky. You need to be skillful in the field to be successful and the occupation should be meaningful in order for you to be happy and feel fulfilment in your life.
Then, when you have figure it out what you skills and personality traits you have, which values you appreciate, who you are and what you want, then you can start putting everything together. Gather and consider your option. Internships, volunteering, vocational training, there‘s planty of possibilities in these times. When you decide where you want to go, do proper research on the subject, talk with alumni, people, who finished the studies and who already work in the industry, in that case you will have a better picture of where you are going and what to expect afterwards. And if you make goals, how to reach your destination, make them SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound (timely)). And always work hard for it, even if it‘s hard sometimes, though never forget, that a plan is not a life sentance, adjust to your needs and new possibilities.
- Laura Babaitytė