By Greg Doyle
“Do you know what you want to do with your life?”
Millennial after millennial is asked this question. Repeatedly. The answers vary. Some disregard the question. Others choose to use it as an opportunity to reflect on their passions, goals and aspirations.
If you are reading this, there is a good chance you identify with the latter. These passions, goals and aspirations may be connected to your desire to make a positive impact on the world. Or maybe not. But to those who can relate, I hope to provide some help, advice and context in dealing with this ever-present, and at times annoying, question.
As a recent graduate, I know this question all too well. I enrolled in college as a business major. However, as I began completing the required courses in accounting, finance and marketing, I soon felt unfulfilled. After this realization, I embarked on a quest to combine my interest in business with my passion for helping others.
Here are five things that I learned along the way, which may or may not help you in your own personal journey:
When I was asked about “my plan,” I often felt inferior because I wasn’t doing similar things. However, eventually people began to respect and support my unique interests and passions. I soon learned the importance of connecting with other business students who were feeling the same way. This allowed me to stay motivated toward my goals, aspirations and vision for my post-grad professional life.
I used this response constantly throughout my four years in college. Instilling this perspective will allow you to get in the habit of viewing your career interests as an evolutionary process. I still don’t know what I want to do with my life. But as soon as I started to view professional development as a constant process, the pressure to come up with “a plan” quickly faded away.
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Greg Doyle is a Business Development Associate at Good Sports, a nonprofit that helps to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.