Are you currently in a field of study that you’re unhappy with? Are you currently in an undecided major right now? Finding a passion is hard for everybody, no matter how old you are or where you are in life. There are billionaires who feel like their lives are unfulfilled, and this is probably because we live in an age where we're allowed to be apathetic in the things we do. But being a student in university or college makes this much harder.
If you’re struggling to find what interests you, here are five simple steps that can help get you started.
1. Make a list of things that you enjoy doing
This could be as simple as writing or playing with your dog, but make sure to think seriously. I recommend that you imagine you had to do each task every day for the rest of your life. If you don’t think you’ll eventually get bored, then add it to the list. Order the list from things you like the most to things you like the least, and then narrow it down to five items.
2. Narrow down your list
Once the list is narrowed down, research careers that involve the things you listed. Make sure you think big, you’d be surprised how invariable skills can be. For example, if you said that writing music is a passion of yours, that doesn’t mean the only career for you is to be a musician. (Yeah, I’d save that trip for hollywood for another time, preferably after university!) For someone who’s interested in pursuing music, you could look into audio engineering, go into teaching, or aim to work for record labels. The options are endless, you just have to keep an open mind.
3.Is the field of study worth going the extra mile?
No matter what you choose, you have to pursue a career that will keep you motivated in what you do. So make sure you remember what’s important to you. Do you value financial stability above all else? Is it ok if the job consists of long hours? For example, being a doctor provides great financial benefits, but it also requires years and years of schooling, are you prepared for that? Keep these questions in mind, it’ll help narrow down the search.
4. Find a way to get real life experience
Now here’s the fun part! Remember that list you had with the five items you enjoyed? Try to find an activity or student group that relates to each one of the things you enjoy to do. this is where being a student comes in handy. Look for groups and clubs on campus that peak your interest, being around like minded people will help keep you on the right path.
5. Make a 5 or 10 year plan
Finally, take in what you've put together and set a ten year plan that'll set you on the road to being successful. It helps to keep the plan a little bit obscure, you don’t want to stress out about all of the little nitty gritty details. It’s important to keep your mind focused on the main goal to help keep you motivated.
By Lidia Abraha