What Should I Do With My Life?

by Beth Hendler-Grunt, founder and president of Next Great Step and creator of “The Next Great Step: The Parents’ Guide to Launching Your New Grad Into a Career

Most younger adults begin their search by making a resume or making use of for jobs on-line. But that method is skipping an important step within the course of. They have to reply the query, “What do you actually want to do?” This question brings out angst and stress as a result of many younger adults don’t know what they wish to do. It doesn’t matter that they’d a selected main or part-time jobs all through their faculty profession. Grads are caught — not solely as a result of they’re overwhelmed with how one can create the correct resume, or community successfully, however as a result of they don’t know what discipline or job they wish to pursue. This makes the job search appear insurmountable at occasions.

I see it daily, college students who selected their faculty majors pushed by financial aspirations, parental affect, and even strain to be in “popular” industries (as deemed by their friends). They find yourself fully disconnected from their very own pursuits, skills, or real-world purposes. They say issues like, “I think actuarial science is where you make money and I have to make money, so that’s where I’m going to go…” but their abilities or passions don’t align with that discipline.

Or, “My mother and my father are lawyers so I guess I need to be a lawyer. I don’t know if I really want that, but I’m doing poli sci.”

Or, “My friends are doing engineering so I suppose I will, too.”

Students and grads say, “I have to have this figured out and have a clearly mapped out plan because everyone else does.” Or “I just wasted four years of school.” It’s okay. It’s fully regular to not have it found out. This feeling of being caught will be overcome with a little bit endurance, observe, and persistence.

Often grads and their mother and father will search for a persona evaluation just like the Myers Briggs take a look at or the non-public evaluation device like DiSC, to inform them what to pursue. If individuals wish to use them, that’s nice. There are plenty of free on-line assessments on the market as properly.

People have been educated to imagine that testing will assist slender their concentrate on what to pursue. It can provide some useful info however it’s not a important or defining step in your youngster’s job search course of. What we’ve discovered is that whereas these exams can provide some perception, till a younger grownup learns firsthand what actual individuals truly do for a dwelling, no evaluation may also help them decide the place they wish to be. Instead, readability on their very own abilities together with informational interviewing and networking conversations assist our younger shoppers decide what they could wish to transfer towards professionally.

If you wish to be taught extra about how Next Great Step helps younger adults land the job they deserve, we welcome the chance to talk with you by way of a complimentary consultation.


Beth Hendler-Grunt

Beth Hendler-Grunt is founder and president of Next Great Step. She is a dynamic chief, advisor and facilitator who has intensive expertise consulting with startups, Fortune 500 corporations, universities and people. Hendler-Grunt leverages strategies and insights from hiring managers and CEOs and brings these secrets and techniques to college students to assist them stand out and get the job. She is creator of “The Next Great Step“.