Graduation is bittersweet for both parents and young grads. With graduation season upon us a flood of invitations to the pomp and circumstance ceremonies and the backyard BBQ have filled our mailboxes. We all want to help celebrate with our family or friendís first steps at becoming a responsible young adult. Invitations can be a bit overwhelming because there are only so many weekends in June or the receptions overlap other family outings.
What makes this time of year so special, however, is the world of opportunities these young grads are exposed to. †They will begin to experience life from a much different perspective. Many will go on to pursue dreams of becoming teachers, lawyers, or doctors; others will pursue careers via the armed forces. Yes, some may end up in foreign countries to defend our freedom.
In some cases, like out on the Eastern Plains of Colorado stretching into the vast rural farming communities, some will, carry on family traditions by tending the family business (farming), or running their family-owned business. Others will go on to Ivy League schools, like Harvard and Yale while some will enter the trade schools to become electricians, plumbers and home builders. And, yes, some will marry young and start a family while pursuing their career.
For many young adults, graduation is the first step toward an undetermined future, because letís be honest, many of us were terrified of the question we were asked so many times in school, ďwhat do you want to be when you grow up?Ē Before the age of 10 the question was easy to answer, we simply responded with, ďan astronaut,Ē or ďa pilot,Ē or ďa fireman.Ē We never said we wanted to be an ophthalmologist, or the Galactic Viceroy of Research Excellence at Microsoft. Our answers did change as we got older as we understood the vast possibilities and many things of interest.
When it comes down to it, you may still be undecided as to what you want to do when you end your high school journey. Much of that indecision may come from a lack of finances, good grades, or simply you just donít want to make that decision yet. Just remember, youíre not alone, and you may try a number of different types of jobs before you feel like one is right for you. There are others who simply knew what they wanted to be from age 6 and they have maintained on that path. Having the finances as you may know is not always simply enough. Having a drive and passion in life to accomplish something is much more important than having the finances, but it sure helps.
Advice? Set your sights on furthering your education. Youíve heard plenty, but donít rush into a decision, take time to think about what youíre good at, where your passion lies †and apply all that to the equation. If you feel like you donít have a redeeming quality or characteristic that can turn into a career, itís probably because you havenít found it yet. Donít fret, youíre still young and have your entire life to do what you like. Growth doesnít end after school or when you become an adult, so keep your options open and remember that, defeats are not stop signs, they are guidelines.
They say that money makes the world go round, but finding your dream job isnít about money. Whatever your dreams, approach them with passion, hard work, honor and integrity, and further your education.