When we were little, everyone knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. Some kids changed their minds every day, and some stuck with one solid occupation, which is how I was as a small child.
Except for a short period when I wanted to be a truck driver, I always wanted to be a teacher…until my senior year of high school. Then I decided to completely switch it up and go with Marketing instead…which I think was a solid choice. I love my major, but there are so many different ways that I could use it…so over the last few years I have been slowly deciding where I would fit in the business world, and trying to determine what I would like to do for the rest of my life. I think I might have my future plans nailed down now, and I’m pretty sure that I won’t have enough time to ever do everything that I would like.
This summer I am going to start my first real person job, with the Orr Fellowship. In two years I will have the opportunity to stay with the company, leave that job to go to grad school, maybe move on to another company, or do whatever my heart desires. That is where I have a problem….because there are entirely too many things that I want to do. I’m that kid who has unrealistic dreams and ideas about what can actually happen, and it kind of scares me. Luckily, pretty much everyone is saying that Generation Y will change jobs/careers several times in their lifetime, so I guess it’s not too bad that I just want to do anything and everything. Here is what I am thinking for my potential future…in no particular order:
- Work in politics – for a campaign, a legislator, or as a lobbyist
- Work with economic development – preferably in rural areas
- Work in retail – preferably on the corporate level
- Marketing – since you know, that is my major
- Sales – preferably with consumer goods, and maybe some B2B
- Plan events…maybe weddings
- Start my own business…not sure what kind just yet
- Be an interior decorator…or flip houses….maybe just on the side, for fun.
And I think that is all….I think that covers everything that I would love to do with my life. The positive side to this all is that there are so many areas that I would be interested in pursuing that it will hopefully be easier to find a job whenever the time comes. And truthfully…I’m so excited for the future. Thinking about the possibilities that I have before me is just plain exciting…because who knows what I’ll be doing or where I’ll be in 5 or 10 years….but I know that I will love it, wherever I am.