Imagine completing a 4 year degree, landing a great job with a great starting salary, and realizing, after a year or so of working, that you do not like the profession that your degree prepared you for. This happened to me.
Imagine switching to a new profession, earning a master’s degree in that profession while working during the day and attending school at night, and earning great money in the new profession. Then imagine that you come to the conclusion that you did not like the profession that your master’s degree prepared you foreither.
This happened to me too.
I repeated this a few times more, going into a new job and new industry for a few years at a time, only to find myself bored, exhausted, and needing to switch careers again. And keep this in mind. I was the lucky one! I was fully employed and making money the whole time while I kept on “figuring it out.”
I started to feel like the Mad Hatter in Lewis Carroll's novel, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
By the time I was 38 years old, I finally figured out what I wanted to do when I “grew up.” It only took me 16 years in the work place after college to get there. At that point, I realized I could have bypassed many years of trial, error and frustration if I had understood my natural strengths in the first place. Focusing on my strengths would have allowed me to get on my path much sooner.
I Am Not the Only One
We interviewed hundreds of people who experienced this problem in their lives. Plenty of Mad Hatters like me. We found that taking many years to “figure it out” is more the norm rather than the exception.
But it doesn't have to be that way. Can you imagine what it will be like to jump out of bed in the morning and know EXACTLY what path you want to be pursuing and why? When you know where you are going and why you want to go there, your grades will be better and you will be happier.
There is no question you will continue to modify the path, but you will not be wandering in the dark like so many students in college today. And think about all the time you will NOT waste becoming "less worse" at certain things when you understand why they will NEVER interest you. That just frees up more time to aim your energy at those things that excite you!
Or would you rather wander around in Wonderland racking up tons of student loan debt having no idea where you are going?
As I wrote in a previous blog post, your future career is the “destination” and the choices you make in terms of colleges and majors is “the journey.” If we can first help you find your strengths, we can help you figure out what your “destination” might look like. And just as important, what your “destination” will not look like.
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In the words of Lewis Carroll, get "curiouser and curiouser!"