Picture this: me, Christi Lukasiak, working in finance with a bunch of old men right after college. (Yeah, I know.) Not only were the suits horrible, but I was terrified to be working off commission only as a student in plenty of debt from getting my degree (though probably not quite as terrified as the clients who came in to find that a twenty-two-year-old was in charge of all their money.)
Many of you out there will soon be thrown into the chaos of job-hunting grapple with the question of what to do after college, whether you’re graduating high school and entering the work force or graduating with an expensive degree and looking to start paying off those hefty student loans. And, when I was your age, I remember feeling absolutely paralyzed with the fear that I was going to make the wrong choice and spend the rest of my life as a miserable failure.
Newsflash: I did hate my first job.
However, that choice did not end up ruining my life – several career changes (from business owner to TV personality) later, life has shown me that NOTHING is set in stone. If I could, I would sit down and have a heart-to-heart with each and every one of you to assure you that choosing a first job is a big decision, but it’s not at all monumental. If you spend a year working in your chosen field and realize you hate your life, that’s okay – and a lot more common than you’d think. The great news is that you can change directions at any point in time. You may find your passion fresh out of college, or you may stumble upon it thirty years later. (If anyone has any career recommendations for me, let me know! I STILL haven’t stopped dreaming about what I want to be when I grow up.)
The most important thing to remember is that now, this time – when you are young, free, and the possibilities are endless – is the time to take a risk! Move across the country. Move across the world! Try your hand at something you’ve always dreamed of. Take a chance on a dream job and make the best of it no matter what.
Above all, know that it’s impossible to make a “wrong” choice. There is no such thing. Every experience you have may not be a dream, but each one will teach you something different about yourself, your passions, and what you want your future to look like. No one expects you to have it all figured out before you can even legally buy a drink or rent a car. Be ready for some bad experiences, but ALSO be ready for the amazing experiences that will come from them!
YOU are in charge of your own path – and if that path isn’t a straight line, it just means you’re going to get to see a lot more along the way. And if you want to start considering ways to make money online (READ: be your own boss!), I've put together a list for you. You can grab it here