If the concept of choosing what you want to do for the rest of your life at 18 now sounds utterly ridiculous, you owe it to yourself to get on a better path. We’ll show you how.
Graduation is that first step to the rest of your life. You walk off the quad with a fancy degree that marks your succession to the throne. You’re open for business. Let’s say you’re good enough, or lucky enough, to snag a job right out of the gate. Congrats. But what if you realize two, three, or five years down the road that 18 year-old you didn’t keep 20-something year-old you in mind when choosing the major that promised the most income after graduation or didn’t require a thesis. Now, you dread walking into the office, find yourself stuck in a rut, or realize that your passion is collecting dust. You might need a career change, or it might be something else altogether.
The first step in changing careers is not quitting. Unless something legitimately harmful or illegal is going on, you’d do best to stick it out. It’s infinitely easier to find a job while you have a job, regardless of which career you’re jetting from, or weaseling your way into. Having a job shows reliability, consistency, and an overall gut feeling check that invariably worms its way into interviews. Not having one, even if you quit on your own terms, signals something shady at best and is always a potential red flag. Not to mention, soon after quitting, you’ll likely be somewhere around the flat-broke tax bracket.