I always want to know what kind of job I will take after graduating from college.
It’s a common feeling that most college students have.
Where will I end up after this whole school thing ends?
My major is hospitality.
Back home in China, the hospitality major is divided into tourism and hotel management.
My original drive was to concentrate on the hotel aspect of it because I used to believe that the hotel industry will continue to develop in China.
I was dead set on it.
Now I don’t know what kind of job I will take after graduating.
And that’s totally ok.
I’ve realized that it is more important to continue to gain experience and develop myself than stress about landing a specific job.
I could find out that I actually like doing something different than my original plan.
Now I even enjoy the process of changing my resume format to fit into different job applications.
Through this process, I have kept digging up my strengths for those areas that I want to try and seeing whether there is a fit.
Sure I’d like to have a “perfect” job lined up for right after I graduate but I’m not even sure what that would look like anymore.
Hospitality is so broad that it is easy for us students to apply the knowledge that we learn to the business world.
I mean that like accounting, HR, finance, revenue. I will be happy even though I will not work in hotel in my future. I can still use my knowledge.
The same is true in most professions as well.
Here is another way to look at it.
A recent New York Federal Reserve Bank study found that only 27 percent of college graduates have a job directly related to their major.
However, 62 percent of college grads hold jobs that requires a degree.
This is just reality.
Few of us will work in jobs that ever directly relate to our major but most of us will use the more general skills learned in college to get ahead.
College life is a process that allows students to grow and develop themselves.
Through communicating with other students, we will know more about ourselves and do what we are considering to take in the future.
We join in student clubs and take internships to try.
It is good to find an area that we are really passionate about.
In China, I grew up hearing stories in which students comply with their parents’ expectations to work as civil servants.
Although more and more parents are becoming open-minded, there are some parents who want their offspring to take stable jobs and live with them.
That is the cultural expectation.
I also know some friends who take engineering or mathematics as a major but end up with working in consulting or financial business which are little related with what they learn.
People will say “what a waste” to spend so much time and talent on learning complicated knowledge without using them in work.
But I don’t agree.
Maybe those students enjoy their new jobs after trying their original area and moving on.
I always tell my mentees to broaden their options when choose internship opportunities.
I believe there are students who are very determined about what they want to do in the future and they just keep growing in that specific area.
For me, I still on the way to find the area that I am passionate about.
I enjoy this process to try what I want to try when I am young.
So don’t stress out about finding that perfect job right after school.
It doesn’t exist yet.
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