Trial and Error in Career Hunting
From 2013 to now, I've held a lot of jobs, especially for someone my age. Not because I stay for 2 months and then quit or get fired, but because I almost always had two jobs, even while I was in school, and many of them were contracts/summer positions. At that point in time, my objective was to collect as much money as possible and build my resume. Fast forward 7 years, my objective became making sure that I was heading into the correct field to start my career.
I've dipped my toes into personal training, engineering, and now healthcare; to a lot of people it seems like I've just been bouncing around, unfocused, and irresponsible however, there's a method to my madness. I was very well aware that personal training may not be a good fit for me but it was something I had always wanted to try, so I went for it. The same could be said for engineering, I did a semester, I did well, but I still knew deep down that the return on investment for me probably wouldn't be worth it.
I was lucky enough to land a full time position in healthcare soon after finishing my degree and I will never take it for granted; I'm still extremely grateful. What's more, is that this field seems like one that I could thrive in (third time's the charm right?).
What I'm trying to say here, is if there's something you've always wanted to do, then make sure you try it. It will forever haunt you if you don't. People have frequently commented on my "bouncing around" but if I hadn't tried each of these fields then I could never be sure of what I really want out of my career.
Put your blinders up, do what you need to do to get to where you want (or think you want) to be. Most people don't know what they want to do at 17-18 years old, it's not fair that we're supposed to make that decision so young. Try everything, you'll learn a lot not only about different fields, but about yourself. That way, when you've gained some knowledge, you'll be able to make a realistic and well informed decision regarding what to do longer term.