What Do I Want To Do With My Life?

I recently watched the Fresh Meat finale and it made me think about university, my degree and what I want to do with my life once I graduate. The finale was infused with the humour that has graced all four seasons but also encapsulated the bitter sweet moment of the character’s finishing university and starting new chapters in their lives. This got me thinking about my own experiences with university and oddly made me dread the day all the exams, dissertations and coursework is all said and done and we move out for the last time. I haven’t always loved university but it is sad to think my final year of university may be the last time I spend time with certain friends I have made along the way.

Instead of looking at graduating as a step into uncertain times without security, I’m trying to see it as a time of potential where I will have different opportunities to try new and exciting things. I am planning to go travelling for a year once I finish university and have been using my placement year as a chance to save money. I haven’t fully decided where I want to go but I think it will be the perfect time to see new countries and cultures before coming home and deciding what career path I focus on. Part of me really fancies the idea of moving to New York for a year. There is something about having an apartment in Brooklyn and being able to get the subway into the city that really appeals to me.

Unexpectedly, my placement year has caused a major shift in what motivates me. I used to be very motivated by money thinking financial freedom would automatically make me happier. Whilst I think having money can give you more access to certain experiences and activities, my placement year has shown me it is not the be all and end all.  I have realised a job I enjoy that offers new challenges and experiences has a lot more value than I first anticipated. Every job will have elements that won’t be thrilling but I hope to find a job that has the right balance.

I’m learning it is okay to not know exactly what I want to do with my life and have my career path set out and decided. I think there is a lot of pressure put on young people these days to make decisions about the rest of their lives before they’ve even got a chance to try different things. The year to come will involve a lot of planning for travelling once all of university is said and done but for now I will finish my placement year and focus on my degree and worry about my future later.

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6 thoughts on “What Do I Want To Do With My Life?

  1. Don’t worry about what you want to do with your life. You have plenty of time to figure it out. Focus on your degree and the travelling and once the travel bug is done, the decide. And even if you can’t decide, that’s still ok. Some people are lucky to know what they want do, some people are happy to keep trying different things. So long as you’re happy then it doesn’t matter one little bit. x

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  2. It’s sometimes good not to know what you want to do at such a young age, that can make the unknown that bit more exciting. Being RICH in monetary terms (in my view) is not being RICH AT ALL. Yes you are wealthy but for me being rich is having that balance. Money, family, ambition and life experiences. It’s taken me till 44 to REALLY find a job I absolutely LOVE. And as Steve jobs once said “once you find a job you love, you will never work hard again”

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    1. Yeah finding that balance is the main thing! I should embrace the freedom and try different things whilst I’m young and don’t have lots of responsibilities to worry about. I just hope one day to be in a job I love in a city or town I love!

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  3. Enjoy your NOW moments!

    Did it ever occur to you that you are doing something with your life right now? I suspect you have a few ideas of what you’re going to do next, but appreciate the NOW first.

    Throw all else to the Universe. Then patiently Be Still long enough for your NEXT something to come to you.

    Highest and Best

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    1. I guess you are right, I almost saw placement year as a means to an end to just save up to go travelling once I graduate but I should probably stop and realise the good things too! Have a brilliant day 😄

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