I’m currently a 20 year old college student, majoring in history, going into my junior year. I have no idea what I want to do after college, I just know what I don’t want to do. I know I don’t want to go to law or grad school, or teach.
I get so self-conscious when I talk to other people that I feel the need to come up with a career, that I once considered, or risk getting one of those disapproving looks. I get so stressed out thinking that I’m going to be floating from job to job and having to rely on my parents forever. Any advice?
Going into the real world without having a clear idea of your career is a really scary thing! Please don’t feel alone in this situation. It might seem like everyone around you has a plan, but honestly, most of them are probably doing the same exact thing you’re doing — panicking.
There’s no need to feel ashamed about asking for career advice — this is the time you should be asking for help. What made you pick history as your major? Think about the things you love most about history, and then look up some options on sites such as this one from the American Historical Association. Most colleges have career centers with great resources, so check yours out. As you get closer to graduation, you’ll start to hear about job fairs, which is a great way to get your resume out there and look at your different options. Also, talk to your favorite history professors. They have probably been in your situation and might have some ideas.
Try not to worry about relying on your parents. There are practically no college students who graduate and are immediately independent. You might need their help for a few years, but that is nothing to be embarrassed about, especially in this economy. You will eventually get on your feet and find your way.
Don’t let yourself get so stressed out that you don’t enjoy your last few years of college life. This is a scary time, but also really exciting. Just do what you love and one day you’ll figure out the perfect job for yourself.
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