Originally Posted by dont_eat_bambi
. . . I can't think of anything I want to do for sure. . . I have no clue what I want to be when I grow up.
Oh, Lament of the Renaissance Mind!
This is something that has affected me greatly. And for the longest time kept me away from college. And since, I have switched majors countless times.
I think a problem comes from our culture's focus on careerism. College is no longer academic in focus, but in preparing someone for a specific place in the social/business machine.
There are a few colleges out there that have a focus for "DaVinci" learners, such as http://www.evergreen.edu/
I've taken a variety of personality and skill inventories, and they helped a bit in determining areas that I would excel in and areas I would greatly dislike.
I think one of the most important things is realizing that we are not our careers. We are not our vocation. A vocation is merely one aspect of who
we are. And we don't have to stay in a single vocation our entire lives.
As far as college goes, quite a few people end up working in careers that aren't really related to their major. I ended up choosing a major with low requirements (English,) and while I currently really really dislike it and want to switch again (back to a science,) I understand that I if I keep switching like this I will never finish.
Someone gave me advice once. That learners like us need to set many small educational goals. It becomes no longer choosing a specific path, as choosing a specific path for now
. While this becomes more difficult because of money, I think this helped me at least to stay on my current path.
I'm an English-Writing major, and plan on going to gradschool for Environmental Education or Film or pursuing Game Design. I figure if I set an arbitrary 10 year block for one area, I can always pursue something else later. Maybe I'll do Film for a while, then go back and learn Engineering.
But I had to start something. I found myself working at Walmart for 2 years, standing on the starting platform trying to figure out my entire vocational path. I had to start walking forward. Sure, I don't have it all perfectly lined up like most people. Sure, I've "wasted" a lot of time and money if looked at from a career perspective. But I'm a very well rounded learner.
While being a "master of none" has it's drawbacks, being a "jack of all trades" has it's benefits.