For Graduates

careersIt’s springtime and that means it won’t be long until high school seniors will be thinking about graduation.  That also means you’ll be hearing this question a lot.  “What are you going to do with your life?”  That was one of the most frightening and exciting questions I had been asked at the time.  It was full of possibilities and also felt a little constricting.

Whether or not you decide to go to college, and I sincerely hope you consider doing so, please keep this in mind.  Learn as much as you can and be as well rounded as you can.  Pursue the things that interest you and develop many skills.  If there is a profession you are interested in, then talk to people who are all ready working in that field.   The library houses many books about different careers that can give you some guidance as well.  If you can, seek out mentors, try to get an internship or job shadow someone for a day.  It will give you get a sense of the job and may help you make a decision.

I also want to let you know that the decisions you make right now will have a big impact on your life…but they do not have to be permanent.  If you decide to get a degree in a certain field, that doesn’t mean you’re stuck if you find out later that you don’t like it.  Most of the experience and knowledge you have gained is transferrable to other work.  People can and do change as they mature and that is OK.  Personal growth is a good thing.

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” – William Shakespeare

Good luck to you all!

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