By: Bree Blair
Careers are endless. Anything you can think of, there is probably someone that does that for a living, and if not, you could always be the first. Now I don't know about you, but I definitely don't want to sit in an office all day for my career, especially since there is an infinite number to choose from. I want to be out doing things I enjoy while meeting new people and gaining new experiences everyday. If you're worried about getting stuck in the rut of a typical office job, stapling papers, and answering the phone, here are some things to think about:
1. If you could do one thing all day (that's legal), what would it be?
2. With that answer, how can you make or incorporate that into your career?
Being able to incorporate little things that make you happy outside of work into your everyday career will make your experience that much more rewarding and enjoyable. The days won't drag on where you find yourself looking at the clock every 5 minutes (even though you swore it had been an hour) or you won't feel the need to use that same old excuse that you have yet again another flat tire and can't make it to work that day. For example, can you imagine being a dolphin trainer or someone who gives skydiving lessons?! I know it seems a little far-fetched, but hey, people do it everyday. People who are excited to wake up everyday for their career never have to experience the feeling of "work." They just get to wake up and share amazing experiences with new people.
After talking to a dolphin trainer, I realized that the possibilities of my degree, or any degree for that matter, will be endless. The woman I met was not a Marine Biology major like many assume you should be. She was actually a Psychology major; her reasoning for this was that the trainers use operant conditioning on the animals, which is a very popular method of positive reinforcement training in psychology. Of course Marine Biology will make you very knowledgeable with dolphins if that's your thing, but the point is that no matter what, your possibilities are endless. You can get a great education, pursue a degree, and still find a way to do unique things that make you happy and keep you interested.
If being a dolphin trainer or skydiver seems a little out of your league, then think in smaller terms but the same idea. What interests you? If being able to express your creativity makes you forget about the aspect of work, then a career in that field would be perfect for you. The more you are interested in something, the more successful you will be. The best way to achieve this type of success is to set a goal and go for it, no matter how impossible it may seem. Do a little soul searching, gain some self-actualization, and head for the hills. Your degree is endless (well, to a point), so instead of sitting in an office all day, you could be out enjoying all the wonders of life!