Growing up, did you imagine yourself as a professional baseball player or firefighter? Maybe you wanted to be a ballerina, movie star or princess. As children, we all have dreams and fantasies of what we’ll be like as adults. As we approach our teen years, we tend to start giving it more thought and consider being doctors, veterinarians, or other jobs we hear about.
When did you know what you wanted to be?
I heard a 23 year old young lady tell the story of how she went off to college completely unsure of what she wanted to do. She couldn’t decide. Now, at 23, she had dropped out to figure it out. She was frustrated it didn’t just come to her.
Some people have a calling, some of us are told what our parents think we should become, and some just have to figure it out. I am quite certain I had no idea what human resources was as I was growing up so it would not have been a career to consider. It wasn’t until half way through college that I figured it out.
On the flip side
The other side of the coin is that maybe it’s better to never get settled into something to the point you get stagnant. In the HR industry, there are so many options of how to use your skills that you can start out working in recruiting, move to compensation analysis, choose another job in benefits and wind up leading HR for a company.
So, how would you advise that 23 year old? I’d tell her to:
- Ask herself what she really loves doing, not for money. Then, try to find a job that incorporates that, or skills like that, into a job.
- Finish her education. If nothing else, make sure to get a good general education. It’s not so much about learning the subjects, it’s learning how to think and process information. It’s learning how to organize and plan. All good skills for many careers.
- Job Shadow. When in doubt, find several jobs that seem interesting and ask to shadow someone who does that job.
What advice would you give? Share in the comments….