Decisions, Decisions

While I am only 18, I am in the process of deciding what I want to do for the next 50 years of my life–what?!

I have probably changed my mind about potential majors at least 20 times in the past 2 years of high school. I have varied from journalism, human resource management, business administration, accounting, finance, to psychology and so many others I can’t even begin to list them all because I’ve forgotten so many. Regardless, today I (once again) came across a major/career that really stood out. Struck a chord in my heart, even. And that field is public relations. Perhaps I will change my mind again, but my fingers are crossed that PR will be what I actually end up majoring in. PR combines my two true loves, too (journalism and business). I’m definitely not someone who wants to sit in a cubicle all day, I absolutely adore writing, I’m fond of the business world, and I love being around people and planning and organizing different things. What a great fit, right?

Sometimes it can be so difficult deciding on things in the future. Especially when, right now, the future seems so far off. Fortunately, I know that I have an amazing God who, if I allow him to, lead me wherever I’m meant to go. For now, I am simply being my normal self and keeping an open mind to any and all majors and really just trying to discover myself and what I like to do best. I guess it’s not exactly a bad thing that there are so many things I’d love to do, at least that means I’m good at something!

What I am sure of, however, is that I want to choose a major that will lead me to a job that I simply adore and love. I know it’s a bit premature and perhaps unrealistic to even utter such a thing, but I want to be able to love going to work and actually enjoy what I do. I don’t want to be stuck cooped up in an office for eight hours a day moping around. After all, a teacher recently gave me some pretty awesome advice. She said, “Never settle for a job that you don’t love”. I plan on doing just that. So perhaps public relations really is the right career for me, but who knows? Only time will tell.

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2 thoughts on “Decisions, Decisions

  1. nir2thee says:

    Sammi,”if you allow Him to” is right…seek God on this issue and ask Him to show you which way to go…and as you said, “keep an open mind” on what He reveals to you. I wish I would have done that before I entered college–instead I sought prestige and status over Him….and a long road it was…
    Proverbs 3:
    5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
    6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

    God bless!
    ~Nir

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  2. terrygarrity says:

    The job isn’t to decide what you want to do. It is to decide what God wants you to do. Our culture has taught us to think of only our own wants and needs and passions but virtually every job is far more than just job: it is vocation, and that encompasses something far more than career. Our vocation is always, first and foremost, about being in service to others. If we turn this over to God in prayer and listen to His still, small voice, we will find how we wills us to use the gifts He has given us. Oh, and I passionately disagree with your teacher.

    The advice to consider only what you love has been handed out for some time now, with disastrous results. It IS true that you may be a major involving writing but are you willing to make the sacrifices necessary to find work in a field where demand is weak? Will you work at McDonald’s (or similar) for a couple of years while you field resumes? Can you explain to a landlord that you will be late with the rent payment because your rust bucket of a car needs new tires? Will you mind going without health insuranjce for a time because paying the $750 fine for going without coverage is less expensive than acquiring Obamacare?

    Can you understand that in a field overloaded with multiple talented candidates, that luck and odds can determine whether or not you get the job you want? I’m not saying not to go into PR, or a writing field, but go an extra step and DO question what your teacher is telling you. A friend of mine applied for a single job opening with 30 finalists and was not chosen for the position. That process is brutal, demeaning and discouraging and it can extend for years.

    On the other hand my wife became a nurse not out of some intrinsic love for the idea of nursing. She did so because nurses were in huge demand. In trading passion for security, she became a nurse and grew to love the job passionately and today is a nurse practitioner and loves her job dearly. And it has helped here grow in unexpected ways, including deepening her faith as a nurse practitioner specialized in caring for the chronically ill and dying.

    Certainly it is important to avoid something you know you dislike. On the other hand, be sure and involved God in the process, begin to see career as vocation, seek to understand the deeper meaning of vocation, consider realistically the demand for the college major you seek, do NOT look at the later sacrifices through rose colored glasses, and be sure and involve God in the selection process. Peace.

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