- “What should I study in college?”
- “I just finished my first semester in pre-med and just barely passed chemistry and math. What should I do? Do I really want to be a doctor?”
- “I’ve always wanted to be a research scientist ever since I was a little kid, but now I’m not sure what I should do.”
I encounter these types of questions all the time. First of all, I think it’s the rare 17-18-year old who knows without doubt what s/he wants to do for a life’s work. Uncertainty was a big part of the beginning of my college journey. I started out in accounting (!). The business world seemed like a logical default path for me back then, but the first time I tried to make a balance sheet balance, I knew that my brain would eventually short-circuit if I had to continue to deal with all those numbers.
I’ve dealt with this issue with a number of my clients over the years. I just searched my archives and found how I dealt with career-direction confusion for one client, in particular. This may help you if you’re in a pre-college quandary and especially if you’re a new college student who has become disillusioned because of the ongoing battle between your heart and your head.
[Parents, if you think your child is struggling with these kinds of issues but s/he isn't discussing them, this may help you help him or her.]
Here’s what I suggested to my “heart vs. head” client: More »