Making your career choice that you’re passionate about has been ingrained in you since elementary school. From Kindergarten, you go to career days where several adults come in and talk about their line of work and why they love it. Teachers tell you that if you work hard then you can be anything you want to be when you grow up. All you really care about is playing with your American Girl dolls and eating lunchables.
Fast-forward to your senior year of high school and everyone is asking you the same questions. Where are you going to school? What are you going to major in? What do you want to do with your life?
Who truly knows what they want to do at 17 years old? You job shadow at places you aren’t sure you’re actually interested in, because it gives you a legitimate reason to skip class. But all you see are people sitting at desks with bad fluorescent lighting, stale coffee and broken printers.
College Days, life gets serious, you change your major 4 times, take 2-3 internships, and volunteer for every project you can to gain valuable experience (for free of course.) At the end of 4 years, you’re no closer to figuring out what you’re supposed to do then you were at the beginning. Suddenly you realize your psychology degree isn’t actually useful in fulfilling whatever destiny you were hoping to achieve at 22.
Post Grad Quarter Life Crisis hits you in the face. You work an entry-level job (that you apparently need 10 years of experience doing.) You try to figure out the difference between a 403b and 401k. Paycheck to paycheck seems to be the norm, but how do you pay bills with no money? You try not to become jaded when it seems like everyone on Instagram has their dream job while you feel stuck and barely making it.
Is it ok that you haven’t found your so-called “passion” yet? Do you still have worth and value even if you haven’t found the golden ticket to success? If everyone else is pursuing the same type of career, do they still need me to do that? The quick answer to these questions is a resounding: YES
Ecclesiastes 3:22 says: “So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?”
We understand that we all need to work to be a successful member of society. The question is: how do we enjoy our lot? Here are three tips to manage in the meantime:
Keep Moving Forward
There are far better things ahead than what we leave behind. You aren’t going to be at this job forever. As you develop in your adulthood, your interests, surroundings and skill will all change. Don’t wait until you have a dream job to live your life. Take that solo road trip, buy those concert tickets, apply for that out of state job that seems like a long shot. What else do you have to lose?
Surround Yourself with Community
One good thing about working an entry-level job is there are so many young twenty somethings under the same roof. You can laugh, share stories and dreams, and encourage each other in your personal pursuits. If there aren’t a lot of young adults at your workplace, try exploring churches, or volunteering to meet others. Always make sure you are fully supported by friends and family and do your best not to isolate yourself.
Trust the (Unseen) Plan
It’s hard to hope when you feel stuck. It’s easy to succumb to the idea that this is the way life is and you can’t change it. But take Jeremiah 29:11 to heart and know that His ways are not your own. Trust that He knows your dreams and cherishes them as much as you do. Don’t give up on His plan just yet. He is faithfully walking each day with you and will never leave you.
photo by Chris Devers