So, you hope to graduate from varsity soon, or graduated not so long ago and have been at your first job for a couple of months. Everything should be going smoothly, right? But what if you are suddenly doubting the career path that you have started to walk? What then? We investigate.
Before you panic, this feeling is quite normal. It may have presented because you are simply struggling to adjust to your new lifestyle after years spent studying, or it may be because you are indeed meant to be doing something else entirely. Either way, it happens. Did you know that most Millennials will change their job approximately four times within their first 10 years out of university? Up until the age of 48, most will change jobs a further 6 – 7 times.
In short, it’s ok to be unsure. If ever you find yourself in this position, it will always be to your benefit to approach a career counsellor for guidance.
Talking to a career counsellor
A career counsellor can help tremendously with the decision-making process when it comes to considering a career change, or even a shift to a brand new industry. He or she will be able to advise you of the qualifications necessary and the different ways to break into the industry that you’re interested in. Envisioning a career path will also be a lot easier with his or her input.
If you’re not sure about where you want to end up, but you know for sure that you’re not happy where you are now, he or she will also be able to present you with different options according to your skills, personality and aptitude.
If nothing else, talking to an objective party about the situation can help you to organise your thoughts and feelings, and you may have a few realisations along the way…
At the end of the day, if you are frustrated or unfulfilled, only you can make the changes necessary to remedy that. The good news is that you don’t have to do it unassisted. By turning to a career counsellor, you’ll be able to make informed, positive decisions with the help of a professional who has seen it all.