Part 2 of my story.
21, senior in college, finance/marketing major.
My interests included cute boys, sparkly shirts and if my weekend plans included dancing.
I needed to grow up fast and figure out what I was supposed to do with my life.
But, I had no idea.
So I followed the crowd and went to the career fair.
I interviewed with 30+ companies over the course of 6 months and was offered 1 job.
I was rejected 29 times before being accepted.
Looking back now this makes me laugh, because it makes me realize how it is not a big deal. In fact, I wish I would of interviewed more, because those interviews taught me more than any college class I had ever taken. They gave me insight into different jobs (i.e. analyst, sales associate, marketing associate, product analyst, consultant) and company cultures and serve as great learning tools.
I accepted my one job offer and began my career in sales.
What if you don't know where to start?
Try to find something that aligns with your talents and what you like to do.
Write out 100 things you like. Do you like working with lots of different people? Do you like a certain subject? Do you like structure or an environment that is constantly changing? Also write out what people say you are good at. Try to align those things and start from there.
Also, take this time to learn other people's stories and how they decided on their profession or occupation.
You are not alone if you do not know. I didn't know. But I needed to start somewhere. And starting somewhere is better than starting nowhere.
What does God want me to do?
God does not care what you do. He only cares that you do it well, you stay present with Him and love others. You can do that in any profession. You can make a difference in any profession. You can fulfill God's will in any vocation.
Do not be frightened if this is not your dream job or what you expected it to be. Learn as much as you can from the experience and continue to foster and grow your skill set.
If you want to be successful, happy and fulfilled I suggest the following:
Persevere when everyone else is changing course.
This was the lesson I had to learn. Even though I didn't love my job at first, showing up was the lesson. Showing up consistently and working hard every day is the lesson for success. If you can focus on one thing and do it continuously for not a day, or a year, but for many years I guarantee you will succeed. It is not a sprint. It is a marathon.
What I know now that I wish someone would of said to me at 21.
Find a job that matches the talents you have been given.
Then stick with it and be consistent.
Learn a skill.
Master the skill.
Absorb as much as you can.
Do your best.
Believe in a miracle.
What no one tells you...
It will be hard.
It is ok to not know.
You will have to live with uncertainty and have faith that God has a great plan for your life.
How you live with the uncertainty will determine your success later on.
Prayer will give you comfort among the worry.
Here is a great prayer when you are undecided,
“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.” - Thomas Merton
One rosary a day will destine you for a great future.
If you have any questions leave them below. I am happy to help!