As soon as you think you know what you want to do, the next step seems to be to jump straight into doing it. Following the rulebook would tell you to get as much experience in the career you desire as early as possible, and to map out your future as soon as you can. While there’s no way to argue against experience being great, your younger years are the time to be unapologetically indecisive, so trying a career you have never considered is a wise choice to make.
If you still have your doubts, here are 5 reasons to help you change your mind:
You’ll learn what you love, by learning what you hate
When it comes to finding out what we want to do in life, we try to settle into the career of our dreams as quickly as possible. While we frantically search for enjoyment, we forget that finding something to love can be found in that which we do not. Through discovery of what you dislike, what you would like instead becomes instantly obvious, and you may just find exactly what you’ve been searching for.
Your ideal career may not even be on your radar yet
The trouble with a dream job is that it’s exactly that… a dream. You might not know that a career is perfect for you until you’ve experience it. You’ve heard them many times but ‘you don’t know until you try’ are words to worship when it comes to your career. Trying all that you can before you become settled in a job may be the perfect solution to finding something unexpected that you love.
Working your way up will be worth it in the long run
You won’t be surprised to hear that even some of the most famous names won’t have started their career where they are now. Brad Pitt delivered pizza before he owned Hollywood, Madonna wasn’t always a material girl, dishing out Dunkin’ Donuts on the streets of New York and Eva Mendes served up her fair share of fast food before she became a goddess of the acting world. It’s only natural to want your future lifestyle as soon as possible, but working your way up will be far better for you in the long run.
There’s plenty of time to settle, but little time to explore
If you are sure of your career, then there’s plenty of time for you to spend your whole life doing it. Once you are settled in something that you love, you’ll want to stay there for as long as you can, so make the most of the time before that. To be able to enter a career without any doubt, you have to spend some time exploring outside of your comfort zone. Now’s the time to take that ‘well I could try being’ thought and run with it, you’ll only regret it if you don’t.
You’ll appreciate the right career once you get there
It’s easy to take things for granted, and be completely oblivious to a good thing when it’s right in front of you. Take time to spend doing something that won’t be for the rest of your life, and you will be all the more appreciative when you find something that will.
The time before your career is the time that counts, so don’t be in such a rush to get it over with.