Our world is constantly in motion, propelled by progress and fixated on production. There is intense pressure to succeed and keep up or risk being left behind, and this is particularly palpable when choosing a career.
In Grade 12, the expectation to have my life mapped out before university caused me great anxiety. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but not a plan. Until my third-year of university at Tyndale I felt like I was being torn between multiple paths with no clear direction. University changed my perspective about many things over those confusing years and helped me discover what I really love.
In truth, choosing a career is a vital part of discovering your true purpose in life. But how does one discover their purpose?
1. Explore your passions
Nothing compensates for passion. Passion is what encourages us to innovate, achieve and inevitably make a difference in the world. You know better than anyone else what makes you tick, so do what you love. If you can spend hours doing the same thing and be absorbed in it, that is probably a passion you should consider for a career. For example, I can spend hours researching history—which bodes well for being a professor.
2. Be open to changing your path
It is normal to change your mind once or more times. I came to Tyndale as a Theology major before switching to History! Be open to changing your life plan if you discover something you love more than your original plan.
3. Take classes outside of your major
This can be both a painful and interesting experience, but it is important to explore areas outside of your ‘niche’ to determine what you really want to do. Tyndale makes it possible for students to explore a variety of courses across the disciplines, which ended up being why I switched my major. Besides, I believe everyone can benefit from a class on the Arab-Israel conflict or the history of economics.
4. Join some clubs
Tyndale offers a variety of clubs on campus that students can join in addition to their academic programs. Joining an interesting club can also help you explore your passions or develop new ones in addition to giving you opportunities for leadership. Volunteering is another great way to explore your interests.
5. Job shadow
I know that as a university student the prospect of doing something for free provokes anxiety when you could be making money to pay for tuition or books, but job shadowing or an internship are great ways to test out different career options and build your resumé. In effect, you will be building your ‘human capital’ and experience in addition to exploring potential careers that interest you.
BA Honours History Major
Senior Student Admissions Representative and Co-President of Tyndale’s Social Justice Group