by sysop in Career Pathways
by Kristina Burroughs
From an early age, well-meaning adults asked you the dreaded question that some people still cannot answer today, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I can remember wanting to become an adventure writer who would tour the world writing about what I saw. In college, the guidance counselors did not necessarily help students discover their talents and abilities, but rather rushed them to fill out seemingly arbitrary Academic Development Plans to use as course selection guides. As I got older, I found that I was nowhere closer to answering the “what do you want to be when you grow up” question than when I was five. In fact, the world had given me a million reasons why my adventurer writing job would not pay the bills.
Is it possible that we do not spend enough time experimenting and discovering who we are and where we might uniquely contribute the most value in society? Taking personal responsibility for discovering the answer to that question takes a great deal of self-awareness. You can only be what you are, so taking time in your journey to discover who you are and what you enjoy doing is a good first step in determining your next step.
If you are still asking that question, here are few things to remember along your journey:
If you embrace this question as a lifetime explorer, then at the end of your life you will have contributed value to many organizations and teams in many different ways. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes”-Proust