When I grow up

The question people seem to constantly ask as graduation approaches: “What are you going to be when you grow up?”

My response is always, “I don’t know, I guess I will wait and see.” I don’t want to respond with such a vague answer, but as scary as this may be, it is the truth.

I am a planner. I live to plan ahead and as of now feel lost because I don’t know what I will be doing come May. I know I am not alone; there are thousands of students in the same situation.

I wish I could respond to the question with “I’m going to be a facility manager at a firm in Chicago” or “I’m going to be working in Grand Rapids as a designer.”

Since neither one is true at the moment, I am going to take advantage of any opportunity that comes my way.

This week Ferris is offering many chances for students to figure out the next step in life. Career Week is upon us, and I am going to take advantage of any resources that will help me in the brutal career search.

Back in January I dove into searching for jobs, but it takes a lot of time and effort, not that I am not willing to make time. My problem is I just don’t know what I am looking for.

I don’t know where I want to go or what I want to be. I feel like I have many options from my background with graphic design, facility management and the newspaper world, so shouldn’t that make it easy? The sky is the limit.

I thought having a wide range of experience might help me decide what I am most passionate about, but this is not the case.

I don’t feel overqualified, just confused. This next step in my life is scary, and I don’t want to end up just anywhere. I want to be happy with this next step, so maybe I am being too picky.

I have looked for jobs all over the United States; I am not afraid of going somewhere new. I feel like it will be a great adventure, but I just need to buckle down and research more about what I want to be when I grow up.

One thing I know for sure is I want to grow up to be successful, and nothing will stand in my way.