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Where will the future take me?

Hello Everyone,

Some of you may know that I’m currently in my last year in college and am graduating next Summer. One thing everyone keeps telling me, is to think about the future and how I plan on taking my career once I graduate…

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Honestly, I’m nervous, I think it’s quite a common feeling when going into the unknown and doing something so different. I talk about it with my friends a lot and it seems that we are all in the same boat… I’m 21, a lot of you may say that by this age I should know a lot about where I want my life to go and I do to an extent. I know what industry I want my career to be in, I know that I want to work with web design/development but what I’m struggling with is figuring out how I get there. Going to college for 4 years like I have, doesn’t mean you will come out of it knowing everything about the course! Don’t get me wrong I have learnt a lot in my 3 and 1/2 years but I’m not at the level to be able to jump into a job and feel qualified enough to do the tasks they ask?

I have loved every bit of college, the ups and the downs, its all made for a great experience and one that I’m so glad that I took when I got the chance. I wouldn’t have known what I wanted to do or that I would be good at web design if it wasn’t for this course. But I feel like I’m not ready to finish learning.. I don’t know if this is a common feeling for 21 year olds just finishing college but its how I’m currently feeling. I do have one semester left of college after Christmas and I’m hoping in that 16 week period that I will figure out what I want to do next as at the minute my mind is a bit all over the place with possibilities.

It’s not that I want to continue on with college and keep the party going because I don’t really want that, but at the minute I feel like I’m in a place that is ready to leave college but that doesn’t feel good enough for the environment of the fast paced full time job life. I’m hoping that in the coming months, I’ll figure it out but at the minute, it’s just been something I’ve been thinking about…

I don’t really know the purpose of this post, other than to inform you all on my thought and to see if anyone is on the same page or if anyone has felt this way in the past. Part of me is ready to take the leap and go into a full time job but part of me knows I can’t afford to move out and there are no opportunities to have a career where I currently live. Who knows where the future will take me, and I completely get that we are not supposed to know, so for now, I’m just going to enjoy my last few months in college, and we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds!

I hope you guys liked this post, even though it was a bit of a rambling one. Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are at the minute and if you feel anything similar. See you in my next post.

Thank you for reading,

Lauren,

x.

31 thoughts on “Where will the future take me?”

  1. When I graduated from my program, I felt like there was no way I was ready to get into the field. I was even 6 years older than you..!! But honestly, we are in a time (and especially in and field of design) where things are constantly changing. You will probably never stop learning.. hopefully! You will find someone who sees your potential and being new means you don’t have any bad habits yet! It’s totally normal to be nervous and scared.. but keep your chin up and your eyes open for opportunity- cause you never know where you will find it! Good luck – and enjoy the last bit of college life!

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  2. I can totally relate to this! I’m in my last semester of uni and i’m quite scared of what direction my life will take once i have graduated. I know i will eventually figure it out but that feeling of not knowing what comes next can be daunting! xx

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    1. Yeah that’s exactly it, I feel like some people have it all figured out but I suppose we all want different things and it will come at different times for everyone πŸ™‚ good luck with the rest of your college and thank you so much for your comment πŸ™‚ x

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  3. Don’t worry, i am on the same page. I graduated last spring and currently struggling to find work but at the same time, i am applying for masters. I feel bad cause all of my friends are working while i am here doing nothing and feeling useless :/ i am sure i will find a job for few months to make myself some money, i just need to be patient and continue searching!! Good luck on your last term xx

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    1. I was thinking of applying for masters but its just so expensive! Yeah exactly, its all about having patients, everyones life is different so we can’t compare ourselves to each other. Good luck with your journey and thank you so much for your comment, its nice to see I’m not the only one feeling this way πŸ™‚ x

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  4. I remembered feeling so pressured to know what I wanted to do with my life. It took me half way through college to realize I did not want to pursue that career, I finished the 2 years of school and took me another 2 to get a job in something I was more interested in. I took social work for immigration and now I’m working in long term care doing recreation. I still get people asking me when I’m going back to school, and if I don’t plan on doing anything else or “better” with my life, and at the age of 25 I still don’t know. So far, I love my job but I’m not completely sure I want to do this for the rest of my life but there is no thing else that interests me as a career and I am okay with that for now. I think it’s okay not to know and let things happen the way they should with time, don’t let other people make you you feel like it’s not okay. And don’t feel bad about your friends working , maybe it’s not your time yet but will find something when you’re ready, don’t pressure yourself.

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    1. Thank you so much for this comment, its so true that the pressures of other people affecting you can be half the battle. It can be hard not to plan your life out sometimes but you’re right, it all has to happen in its own time, naturally. Thank you so much for this and good luck with your future πŸ™‚

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  5. I’ve been in that stage before and will be a lot worst after graduation when everybody is expecting you to land a job right away (Mine was my family). With my experience, I took a vacation off for a few months until I was able to prepare myself and completely bid goodbye to a carefree life. Working could entail a more serious responsibility but for the past years that I’ve been with my career, I could say that I enjoyed it a lot more than university life. So, just relax. Take your time and you’ll definitely be better with every work you’ll gonna have in the future.

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  6. Hi Lauren! I just found your blog and can’t believe we are the same age!
    I’ll be graduating next year too and I feel like I’m not really ready to dive into the real working world but at the same time, feel that I’m ready to leave uni. Good luck on everything~

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    1. Yeah that’s how I feel sometimes, it can be so daunting not knowing what feels right to do and with masters costing so much, the only other option is to start working full time and trying to work out what career you want to do that in. It will all work out in the end for us though and we will just have to enjoy the journey as it goes, good luck with your journey πŸ™‚ x

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  7. I’m 22, almost 23, and I still get confused about if what I’m studying is what I’ll want to do the rest of my life. I’ve tried different educations, and switches between a few of them as well, and just like you I tell my friends all about them. It’s definitely not easy, and there’s so many options out there that it can be hard to chose just one. I’m currently studying social education, and so far I’m quite enjoying even there’s always a little bit of doubt in the back of my mind. I hope you’ll find the path that’s right for you ❀

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    1. Thank you so much for this comment πŸ™‚ I completely agree it can become overwhelming at times as there are so many options and its hard to know which one is right for you when you have never experienced working in them in the “real world” it can be so hard to decide what you want to work in for the rest of your life just by sitting in a classroom listening to a lecture, but I completely agree, it will all work out for everyone in the end πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for this comment and I wish you all the best in the future too! πŸ™‚ x

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  8. Best of luck to you! I graduated this past May and it was a roller coaster of emotions!! You have the entire world at your feet but no one to tell you which way to go… just trust yourself and know that you’ll find your way! ❀ xo Jess

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  9. I don’t think most people know where they want to go or what they want to do with their life. That’s totally normal. We have so many options and choices! I graduated a long time ago, worked a while, went back for my masters, did the roaming biology thing for a bit, back to working in microbiology and currently going back to school for accounting. Best advice I can give is don’t make yourself stay somewhere if you feel like it’s not a good fit. Get plenty of different experiences doing different things and never stop learning. That doesn’t mean you have to go back to school but there are plenty of books, podcasts, Ted talks etc to keep your brain activated.
    Best of luck to you in your endeavors! πŸ™‚ hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much for this comment, I completely agree there are so many options out there it can be hard to narrow it down, especially when you don’t know what they will be like to work in day in day out. Thank you so much for this comment and good luck with going back to school for accounting πŸ™‚

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  10. I was in exactly the same position when I finished university. I had an idea of what I wanted to do but was not 100%. It is definitely worth taking time out just to figure it out and also taking time to gain experience in different fields so you can really understand what would work best with your skill set! Good luck though x

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  11. Wherever the next year may take you, there will always be opportunities for you. They come and they go. Just jump on them whenever you get the chance! πŸ˜‰ I am lucky that after my five years at uni studying law, I will have to do a three-year internship in order to become an advocate where I can still practice a lot! Looking forward to seeing what you will be doing after graduation! πŸ™‚

    -Jennifer x

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  12. Hi Lauren,

    So I just stumbled upon your blog, and yes this is the third post I’m reading. The others are interesting in terms of blogging and social media visibility, Much appreciated FYI!

    Though for this one, I want to tell you that I was in your shoes three years ago, the confusion stays but you need to learn and love living with it. Keep tuning into the many motivational speakers out there, listen to all the free advice, and know that you are in immense luck because if you already love what you are doing, which I think you do (after checking out your blog) then you will be heading towards amazing things. Even if you have no idea where and what those things are!
    Keep at it, and enjoy the ride πŸ™‚

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