How Do You Know ‘What You Want To Do With Your Life’?

As children, we all talk about what we’re going to be when we grow up. It’s a dream, something we never think will happen, something we can put off for years and years. Then one day you are sitting in the careers office in your last year of high school, and they’re asking you: “what do you want to do? What do you want to pursue? What do you want to study at higher education?”

And for some people, it’s a straightforward answer. Those who have a creative flair for drawing will maybe choose the path of interior or graphic design, or those who love science may take a course in medicine.

But for the majority of us, it’s a big fat “I don’t know.” We have not a clue what we want to do. There is serious pressure for lots of young people to make a decision about what they want to do for the rest of their lives – and for most of us that’s a scary choice! To imagine that what we choose as a naive 18-year-old is what we will spend the rest of our lives doing! Well, that doesn’t always have to be the case.

Too many options!
The reason many of us struggle is to do with that we simply cannot choose what would be best for us. The world is such a big place and there are so many options! Maybe you want to a teacher, but you also want to be a music producer and dancer too?

There aren’t any rules that say you must go to university and study a practical subject – there are so many options people are unaware of that need to be shared! Young women struggle with deciding what to pursue simply because many of us don’t know all the options that are available to us and don’t think that what we choose will be “good enough.”

Do what makes you happy
Any career you choose and you are happy in is worthy of you. Many people pursue music and they enjoy it. Many people pursue accounting and enjoy it. There is no one to say that what you choose isn’t good enough, and the main thing about choosing your career is to pick something you are passionate about. There is no point in choosing maths if you hate it – you won’t enjoy it and you will be miserable in your studies and job! Pick something that makes you look forward to going to work, something that makes you passionate!

University isn’t for everyone
What if you do a degree or course in something you decide not to pursue? That’s ok too! You can do anything with a degree, and there are apprenticeships, postgraduate courses and so many other options that you can choose! University isn’t for everyone!

The pressure put on young women to choose a career as soon as they leave high school is so intense – don’t let it get to you. Don’t rush your decisions. Take a year out, travel, do a course at a college or dance school. Do something that makes you happy. In the end, you may never end up going to uni – and that’s ok too. Whatever you decide is up to you, and whatever you decide, let it make you happy!

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  • Hannah Lucy

    Perfect post, couldn’t agree more that young people are pressured too much at a young age – especially when it comes to university.

  • Maria Ghidella

    A beautifully written post. It’s so important to think through the process of a career choice and ensure one does enjoy it.

  • Sofia Grey

    Great post. There’s so much pressure on you to decide, when the reality is, life is fluid, and goals change. I know few people who are doing what they planned when they left school! Finding what you love is something to aspire to :-)

  • Aimee Carmichael

    Really great post, and it helped me so much I’m at that stage where I’m just finishing college and trying to decide wither to go on to Uni (I live in the UK) and I’m not sure uni is for me but I still get that feeling that it’s what I’m supposed to do or that I have to do it I order to get a good job. But this post made me realise that if its not for me then I don’t have to do it if it’s not going to make me happy

  • Dani Watson

    Loved reading this. I spent most of my twenties never really knowing what I wanted to do. I started out in Law because it was deemed a ‘good career’ with little thought as to whether I’d really enjoy the daily aspects of the job (Spoiler alert; I didn’t) My biggest regret is not pursuing things I was passionate about earlier as life is way to short to be spend most of the week praying for Friday! Whatever you choose, make sure you enjoy it as it’s doing something with passion rather than chasing the money that will lead to success in the end.

  • Tasya

    Love this! I’m going to university next year and I still don’t have any clue about what I’m going to choose at university/what I’m going to do next… It freaks me out a lot that some of my friends already got accepted at university while I’m still trying to figure things out. This post really helps, thank you!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

  • Emilyn

    Yes!! i am so happy to see your post. it’s to much pressured on young people,money&happy which is more important? what if i choose a career that is i love to do but not enough money to get? im so confused about it, so now i just went to a Virgin Human Hair company to do the learn more about hair business things.