On (finally) figuring out what I want to do in life

Hello everyone!

I've always been that awkward one in the careers class who still doesn't know what job they want to choose. While everyone was filling out uni application forms, I was made to feel like the difficult one who didn't want to go. In hindsight, I wouldn't change a thing - I'd hate to be doing a course I'm not fully committed to just for the sake of it! 

Finally though, I believe I've found the right line of work and it's been staring me in the face all along!

On (finally) figuring out what I want to do in life!

When I was younger, I had the idea in my head that I was going to be a vet. As soon as I got to secondary school however, that idea was pushed out of my sights. I've always been incredibly into art and at certain points I did imagine a career in the field! Fashion, interior design, music and media are also big interests of mine. Again, I've considered choosing them as jobs but I never felt like any of them were really for me, if you know what I mean. I like the idea of them but I can't picture myself actually doing them on day to day basis.

I've had plenty of careers lessons & interviews throughout my years at school, none of which resulted in the answer. Which wasn't the nicest thing, really; always feeling like an inconvenience and wondering how everyone else has it all figured out! It wasn't until a few weeks ago that I finally (I can't emphasise finally enough) had my own little epiphany.

I absolutely have to work with animals.

They've always been my biggest passion but over the years I've been distracted with other things so I didn't consider what was most obvious! I haven't figured out exactly which area I'd like to specialise in yet as there are many paths I could go down. Truthfully I'd be happy to take any - although veterinary is still crossed off my list!

I would have liked to share a few tips on how to figure out what your ideal career is but unfortunately it took something very sad for me to come to the conclusion. The passing of my adored cat Mia made me realise that caring for animals is what I love doing most & what I feel benefit from the most.

However if you're still confused like I was, please remember:

- Don't give in to pressure and choose a career you don't feel is 100% for you.

- Don't limit yourself, disregard an interest or feel like there's something you can't do - if you put your mind to it you most certainly can.

- Don't worry if you haven't 'got it all figured out' yet!

So there you have it! I'd love to read your thoughts and experiences on this topic - get involved in the comments below and let me know what you think!

What advice would you give?

Thanks for reading,