Hi there, I know this isn’t a serious problem but it’s really stressing me out. I can’t decide what I want to do my future, what a-levels to take, what job I might want etc. I swear nothing interests me, nothing gets my attention, I can’t find anything to be passionate about. It’s so stupid but I just want to know which direction I should be taking or even one definite a-level choice. Does anyone know how to help work out what path you should be taking?
Hey! First off, shush your little head when you say "I know this isn’t a serious problem…" it's bothering you, so you go right on ahead.
Right, I used to be exactly like you. Didn't know what on earth I wanted to do and I've only just found out now I'm 20.
The first thing you ask yourself is this:
If money was no object, what would you do?
For example, lets say that you say horse riding. You would love to spend your life on a beach, riding horses. Cool! Sweet! Sounds chill. How do you turn that into a job? How about being a horse riding teacher? Starting up your own school? Who knows? Perhaps a business subject then. A Levels can lead you into all sorts of things. Want to travel the world? Pick a language to learn. Most people don't know what they want to do, just remember that you don't have to pick one job and stick to it. My mum went from Dentist to Stage Hand to PA for the Royal Family at one point. Now she's a chef. She actually failed her cooking A Level but she's a damn good chef and makes cakes for fancy functions.
My point is, you have no idea where your life is going to end up. If you still have no idea what subjects to take, just pick the one's you're good at. Can't really go wrong there!
The other thing you can do for now is to take any prerequisite courses that you'll need to get out of the way, writing, science, math, etc. Also, look out for any career classes that your college might offer. Those could also provide some insight. Lastly, in your first couple years especially, don't sweat it too much. I know that's easier said than done, but you can do it! Make friends, join new clubs and try new activities.
It's ok if You don't know what you want to do. Just start from your hobbies, what do you like to do and what are you good at? what don't you like? start from there. Pick a job you like and you'll never have to work a day in your life!
Close your eyes and imagine yourself at 40. what time do you wake up? How do you dress? where do you go? what do you do? and then go ahead at start working for that life. I'm not sure you have to consider money not an issue, being poor is not fun at all. Think about that also. Do you want to kids? Do you want to get married? to you want to be able to spend alot of time with your childre? Think about that also. In an idealsitic world you would follow your heard and wait until you discover your true passion. but in the real world, there are more kindergarden piano theachers then piano performers at the Opera. so chose wisely and maturely.
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