Do you know someone who is studying or majored in Psychology?
Did they ever tell you their degree, and you look at them like “What kind of job can you get with that degree?” or “Seriously? What do you expect to do after college?”. Well, let me tell you that even we generally have no clue what we want to do after we get out Bachelors in Psychology, or at least the Psychology majors I know at my University.
Truth is if you graduate with a BA in Psychology you can potentially work anywhere in any kind of position. I have tried all the “free career counseling” or any quiz that makes a guess based on your answers to the questions they pose. Of course, we all know this isn’t very accurate but the students that feel lost really rely on those useless quizzes. We think they are going to somehow give us the answer we have been waiting for, and it’ll be the perfect job for us. I’ve taken these tests several times in the past and all I’ve gotten as an answer were Advertising Agent, Writer, and Teacher. Not of which I see myself doing in the future at all. There are multiple options that you could get such as a Teacher, an Advertising or Marketing Agent, a Daycare Teacher, a CEO Executive Assistant or Personal Assistant, a Writer, etc. You get the idea.
There are tons of jobs out there for someone who just graduated with a BA. We even get tired of people saying, “Psychology? That’s a dead major. You can’t do anything with that”, and any other comment that demeans our major. You think of it, we’ve probably heard it and are sick of it. However, if you ask me or any of my fellow Psychology friends – we love everything about our degree from the research, the different areas, and the history behind “Why” and “How”.
When we are deciding majors in College, we always think finding a job in any field will be easy. As college students, we are just that naive and innocent to the real world and life after college. Even the advisors we meet with in college, they try to give us an idea or several options to narrow it down, but it doesn’t always work.
As I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, I’ve changed my mind multiple times since I started at Wichita State. Now I know at least the major and minor I am passionate about, but I have no clue what I truly want to do after college again. The School Counselor will not work out, and I can’t be an FBI Agent in the field due to my history of Epilepsy and PTSD already. Along with the Therapist and Psychologist path, they require a longer length of time in college and some experience before applying which I do not currently have. At the moment, I’m flying by the seat of my pants, like a lot of my friends are until we land that first job after we graduate, and that’s okay! It’s taken me a long time to feel comfortable about not knowing what I’ll be doing after I graduate, and it never feels good or safe in my opinion, but it does lift the weight off your shoulders. I’ve got so many other things to be worrying about at the moment like researching textbook prices, figuring out my studying schedule and work schedule for the upcoming semester to be worrying about something I can’t control right now.
My generation like many generations before and after the Millennials are so consumed with worrying about the future, what they will be after they graduate, where they will be, how to make money and pay the bills and rent/mortgage, etcetera. We are always concerned about the future that we don’t realize that we miss the present. The future will always be there for me, I may not know where or who I will be but I have a good idea of who I am and where I’m at right now. That’s really all that matters. We as a society are horrible at this, but we have no control over what will happen in a month or 3 months or a year ahead of us, that what we do right now in the very moment…..is way more important than freaking out about our lives after college or high school or whatever path you may be on right now.
So the next time someone asks me or makes some annoying comment about, “Really? What do you want to do after you graduate?”, I will simply reply back to them with a smile, “I have no clue. I may travel, I may work and quit that job 6 months later. Who knows?” That’s the beauty of life I think. You only get this one chance to make it enjoyable.
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