Please Don’t Ask Me What I Want To Do After College

It’s the age old question, isn’t it? Somebody decides to better themselves by getting an education and the entire world suddenly wants to know, “what’s next?”. Okay, well how about you hold the heck on while I figure out how I’m going to make it through this lecture without my third coffee of the day? Does that sound alright to you, Janice? You’re lucky I sorted through all of these programs, and all of these schools, in all of these cities, and am standing here today in any sort of post secondary program. You can’t possibly expect me to know what I am going to do with the rest of my life when I don’t even know whether I want a hot drink or a cold drink.

I Want To Make Money, Duh’

I want what anybody wants. I want to make enough money so that when it is time to pay rent, I don’t cringe. Is that so much to ask? I want to get a pay cheque and actually be able to put a large portion of it in a savings account. More on that – I want a savings account that exceeds 400$! I’m not going to busy myself with trying to pick a career path just so I can tell people when they ask me what I’m going to do after I graduate. I’m going to do whatever it takes, that’s it.

Last month I told everybody I was going to be a wedding planner. And you know what I told people the months prior to that? I told them I wanted to be a music promoter. 6 months prior to that, I told people I wanted to work for a technology company. Now? Now I’d be happy if my future career included anything that didn’t include the job title “sales associate”. I don’t want to ask people if they want fries with that, or if they want a fitting room started. For now, that rocks! But in ten years? I want to do something that is utilizing the thousands of dollars I spent on an education. I don’t know what I want to do, but I know I want to create something.

I Want To Create Something

I’ve decided to keep my definition of “create” very loose, for a very specific reason. After a lot of thinking, I have deduced that I enjoy creation in all senses of the word. I like to write, and paint, and draw, and build my website. I like planning and creating events, and I like to make music. I know that I want to create things, whatever those things may be. If I create a career that allows me to continuously grow my mind and be creative, I will never hate Mondays – and I think that’s the goal of adulthood.

“What Do You Wanna Be When You Grow Up?”

Well, I’m grown. I pay my own rent, and I pay my own bills. I do my own groceries, and cook my own meals. I’m grown up, and I never decided what I wanna be. In my lifetime I’ve decided I wanted to be many things:

  • Teacher
  • Veteranarian
  • Dog Walker (I was 5, alright?)
  • Camp Director
  • Singer (Living in a dream world)
  • Forestry Technician
  • Wedding Planner
  • Entrepreneur
  • Fashion Designer
  • Hair Stylist
  • CEO of technology company
  • CEO of anything, to be honest
  • Music Promotor
  • Author
  • Blogger
  • Music Producer

These are just a few of the career paths I have thought I may be interested in. Some of these ideas lasted my years, and some of them only lasted a few minutes. I’ve changed my mind countless times, and I will change it countless more. I think that I will probably do any and all of these things in my lifetime, and I’m okay with that.

Every couple of years I may change careers. I feel it deep in my bones that I cannot stay at one job for too long. I will grow bored of my surroundings, and the day-to-day duties, and will need a change. Maybe one day, 20 years from now, I will quit my job as a CEO to write a book series. I’m not a fortune teller, but I know myself pretty well… No matter what career I end up having, I know that my #1 goal is to be happy.

So, the next time you want to ask me “what’s next?”, think again. Unless you want 700 words worth of an explanation, maybe just ask me what I’m having for dinner.

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