WHERE YOU’RE GOING IS LESS IMPORTANT THAN HOW YOU GET THERE
“So, what are you going to do after you graduate?” This question (or something similar) is on the minds of most students and all parents some time during the last two years of high school. If you are a high school student, this question can be a constant burden, like a long-term assignment you haven’t started yet. For parents, it’s a nervous worry about a person they love and care deeply about.
There are many ways to decompress:
- Millions of other students before you have met the challenge and been successful. SO CAN YOU.
- It’s important to have a plan (no plan = no action = no stress), BUT it doesn’t have to be a permanent one. A tentative plan will work just fine for now.
- Misery loves company! Ask adults you know how many times they changed their minds before they decided on a career (some are probably still deciding!).
- Ask adults you know what they would be doing NOW if they were doing what they thought they’d be doing in high school (chances are, they’ll laugh).
- Take a “gut check” and search for something inside you that you love to do or are passionate about. A working definition of heaven is getting paid to do a job you spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year doing, AND GETTING PAID FOR IT!