Who says that my dreams have to stay just my dreams?– Ariel, The Little Mermaid
My Personal Testimony
I took a year off school after high school for my personal health. I needed to figure some stuff out. After the year was up, I went to a junior college. I had zero idea what I wanted to go to school for, but I knew I wasn’t going to figure it out sitting at home. So off to school I went. Like most of us, that is the “next step” after high school. But I didn’t go because it was the “next step”. I went because I knew that I wanted a career that required higher education. I knew that I wanted to go back to school because I love going to school.
During my first semester in my first class – Introduction to Business – I found my career choice. We were working through a new chapter about Accounting and I felt like the only person in the class where the information clicked. Everything made sense and it was funny because it was completely backwards to the type of thinking we are taught. It felt meant to be.
Now I am here. I am a Senior Accountant working for an amazing company and enjoying my life. I have learned so much about my career and my own abilities. Lately, I have noticed that some of my abilities have seriously improved my work performance. My boss noticed it too. So, he moved me out of accounting and into projects. It was an opportunity I decided to run with, and it has given me more enthusiasm and inspiration.
Choosing a Career
I will admit to being an exception to the rule. A career choice just jumping on your lap is not the norm. Sometimes it takes real work to discover. Luckily, there are multiple ways you can get a glimpse into what you might be good at.
Reading this article called How to Make a Career Choice When You Are Undecided provided an amazing list of things you should do to make a career choice. I think it is phenomenal and a great resource. I will highlight on a couple of the items on the list:
Assess Yourself: I took this Career Test that gave me a list of my qualities and personalities. The quiz took about 30 minutes and it only cost $9.99. I have the ability to save my results and take the quiz an unlimited amount of times. The number one career choice on my results was Lawyer. It did cross my mind earlier in life. I will say Accounting was not even on the top 5. Just proves these results should not box you in, but just give you some guidance.
Make a List of Occupations to Explore: Use your list provide by your quiz results as a guide. Also, talk to family and friends. Get their inputs. They know you better than you know yourself and could help you determine your strengths and weaknesses. They probably already have some thoughts and opinions about your choices.
Choosing a career can be stressful and overwhelming. I highly suggest checking out the above article and taking the career quiz. You could learn a lot about yourself and get a jump start on your dreams.