3 Reasons You Should Be Exploring Your Career Options In Your Twenties

Kellen Mckillop

Do you remember your first week of college? You’d just bid farewell to your parents and stood paralyzed in the doorway of your dorm room. Fear of the unknown slithered in your belly like a snake. Desperate for some sort of stability and comfort, you became “friends” with whoever smiled at you first in the hallway or happened to be your roommate.

Do you remember what happened to those “friendships” after about a month or two of being in college? Some may have lasted, but for the most part, they disintegrated. You met people in different classes, witnessed your roommate’s bizarre living habits, and found people who actually shared common interests with you. You found and formed real friendships, replacing the ones you’d rushed into at the start of the year.

Four years later, you’re about to enter into a similar situation. Graduating from college and joining the workforce can be a pretty intimidating experience. It can be easy to jump into the nearest and safest-sounding career option that’s presented to you. While this may work out, it can also lead to dissatisfaction or feeling lost in your life and job journey. If you find yourself in the latter situation (or are not sure where to begin your job search), don’t feel bad. This is the perfect time to discover your options! Here are three reasons you should be exploring career options in your twenties.

1. You’d be surprised with how many career options you actually have

You’re young! Most likely you aren’t tied down to any one place or position with things like a mortgage or family. The world is your oyster!

It’s the perfect time to recognize and start exploring your career options. No matter what you majored in, there are so many different career paths available to you. Did you know that art majors have gone on to do things like refurbish furniture and ducks? And no, that’s not a weird euphemism. Not really the artsy type? Psychology majors find jobs in fields as diverse as finance and human resources. As for English majors, there are all types of writing jobs as well as positions as publicists. There are so many career options out there for you!

2. Finding the wrong choice can be a good thing

That’s right. Sometimes dwelling a bit on things that really tick us off can help make our lives better. To quote Amy Poehler, “I think we should stop asking people in their twenties what they ‘want to do’ and start asking them what they don’t want to do.”

As we pointed out in bullet point number one, there are so many different directions you can go with your life. How in the world are you supposed to choose just one?! We all suffer from an inability to narrow our sights and commit to just one thing; it’s the disease of modernity. The only way we can even come close to figuring out what we do want to do is by eliminating some of the choices we have.

3. You might be wrong about your dream job

Even if you’re one of those people who has had everything planned out since you were five years old, you really never know. You could end up being wrong about your dream job. Mari Kam thought she wanted to own and manage a restaurant. While developing her skill set with that goal in mind, she ended up discovering and falling in love with PR and now couldn’t be happier as the strategic marketing manager for the Halekulani Corporation.

Chau Le was sure that she wanted to become a translator, but after moving to Taiwan for a semester, she realized that she would be miserable in that profession.

Finding a career that really fits you isn’t always easy and that’s okay! Your twenties are the time to explore and discover what you like, dislike, and want to be doing. Conduct informational interviews to find out what it’s really like doing certain jobs—get in touch with alumni who are doing things that sound cool to you. Don’t feel limited to one career path!

About The Author

Kellen Mckillop

Kellen McKillop is a twentysomething writer (as well as self-appointed pizza aficionado) and Editorial Assistant at AfterCollege who loves helping her generation discover and embrace the opportunities available to them. Through clear copy and compelling stories, she hopes to shine a light on best practices for the job search, life, and where to find the best cat gifs.

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