“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.”- Margaret Atwood
According to Atwood, having no plan is a good thing. There is the opportunity to be whoever or whatever you want.
I can relate to the hours spent staring at the job section of LinkedIn, only to leave you feeling discouraged and stressed over your impending future.
“Can’t I just live at home forever?!” I have repeatedly asked my mother. I have contemplated making a career out of my part-time job as a barista, so I do not have to deal with the uncertainty or possible rejection that the future holds.
Is it because I am underqalified for the positions that I am applying to that is making me feel inadequate and incapable of finding a career? Or is that I am afaid to make that next step that I am making excuses as to why the position won’t work out?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
We seem to forget how beautiful of a position we are in right now. We can do anything we want right now, and apply for any job we are interested in.
Do you want to move to Cali? Apply for jobs there.
Do you want to go back to school and pursue a completely different major? Why the heck not, go for it!
And if any of your first options don’t work out, try something else.
Instead of feeling held back by not knowing our next move, we need to feel energized. We need to realize how many doors are open for us. We have the power to choose which door we walk through.
We need to move confidently in the direction of our dreams. The key word there is “confident.”
Confidence is something everybody struggles with at some point or another, and is a character trait that is necessary to have as we begin our career search.
Feel confident about your passions, rather than embarrased. Feel confident about your past experiences; they shaped who you are today. And feel confident that you are going to make it out there in the real world, because you are.
For additional help with your career search, stop by the Career Services Office in the McCarthy Center 412.
Written by: Arianna Miller