Yes, this post is for those teenagers out there who plan to go to university but still have no idea whatsoever on what occupation to go for or what course to take.
And believe me, I’ve been there, done that, and still doing it. I’ve gone from considering Creative Arts in Film or Music to Business to Dentistry to Nursing to Law to Communications. When I thought I’ve figured out what to do, I’d deceivingly say to myself, “Yes! God wants me to be a lawyer!” A few weeks later I’d change my mind, and the cycle repeats. So it seems that I haven’t been listening to God hard and close enough.
University is one big step in life. And looking back and knowing that you’ve already gone through all those baby steps that lead to university/adulthood, you feel good and proud. Nursery, check. Kindergarten, check. Primary school, check. High school, almost check 😉 14 years of school ain’t for nothin’.
But then comes the inevitable time in mid-high-school years, or in the early school years if you like, when you’d have to make one of the biggest decisions of your life, because so much of your future depends on it. The majority of your adult years will be spent on it:
Sounds horrible now. And sometimes you feel like buying yourself some noise-cancelling earphones so you can plug them on everytime someone asks you about what job you want, or what Uni course you’d like to take. But the reality is, you need to answer that question. You might not answer it right here, right now, because there’s so much to consider and think about.
So, allow me to give you 3 possibly easy, or incredibly difficult, questions for you to answer that can help you figure out what career you’ll go into, and from there you can figure out what Uni course to take. Or the other way around if you want:
- What are your passions, interests and goals? You can’t spend the rest of your life doing something you are absolutely not interested in, because that will result in not doing your best in your job, doing the bare minimum, and other things that will very likely get yourself fired. Also, consider your long-term goals and the things you are good at.
- In doing your job, will you benefit humankind or make it worse? I know, this one sounds harsh, but it’s a very important question. The world is becoming a dark place and humanity is going downhill, so you wouldn’t want to be an abortionist or a filmmaker who makes movies packed with unclean content and swearing.
- What does God want you to do? This is the most important question. Listen to God. Listen to what He’s telling you to do. Don’t focus on what you want and what you think you should do. Considering your interests and the beneficial aspects of your job are definitely important in choosing a career, but don’t push it to the point where you are figuring it all out yourself, because you are not alone. And in the end, your efforts and the decisions you make are not from you, but from God.
Also remember to explore your interests. Right now, you might think chemistry is a total bore, but in a few years you might be surprised – chemistry might end up being something you really love! Another thing to remember is that you are not alone – talk to your parents (they’ve been through the same thing, and they know so much more than you think!), career advisors, and especially God.
A lot of teens out there might just be thinking about the ‘college life’, being independent and going out into the world as an adult. Sure, they sound kinda cool, but you’ll also have to say hello to lectures, full-on schoolwork, endless essays and assignments…Uni isn’t the piece of cake primary school was.
Buuuut before worrying about all that, let’s think through what career path and course to take, answering the 3 questions stated above. If you really feel like God is calling you to be a doctor and study medicine, or be a business analyst and study computer science, and you believe that whatever curveball college will throw at you, God is there to help you and guide you through, Uni will be a breeze. Put everything into His hands, and He will provide the rest.
Now, I’m going to try listening to my own advice 🙂