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Go Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams

One important step in planning your future is knowing who you are and what makes you happy in life. You must be able to articulate what you are passionate about. One way to do this is to take out a blank sheet of paper and write down everything that you enjoy in all areas of your life. Your list may look something like this: writing, singing, organizing, traveling, playing basketball, solving math problems, etc. Think about what your dream job is or what it might look like based on these passions. Also, visit Focus, an online career guidance tool which can be accessed through the Mount website. On Focus, take each of the assessment tests to discover careers that match your skills and personality. Research these jobs and discover if any of them interest you.

Some people have difficulty articulating their passions in life and their dream job. If this is true for you, Jillian Ellis, Assistant Director of Recruitment at the Career Center, suggests creating a Pinterest board of what you want your life to look like in five years. This is not a trick test and no pins are silly or stupid. You can pin potential jobs, articles about how to decorate your office or cubicle, puppies, your dream car, and ideas for your first apartment. Based on what you pin, you can see your dream life emerging. The goal of this exercise is to get you thinking about the future in a realistic way, helping you identify the kind of lifestyle you want to have and the career that you want to pursue.
There are many external influences including family, friends, the economy, and others that influence your career path. You must be aware of these factors and how much they influence you to “stay the course” or shift your direction on your career path. You also must consider how you will resolve any conflict you experience from competing values or relationships. It is a difficult situation to remain true to who you are and follow your dreams while also satisfying everyone around you. Jillian says of these situations, “Think of the whole world as a hurricane. You are in the eye of the storm, holding on to an anchor, which is your dream job or career. Stay positive and calm in the eye of the storm, no matter what everyone around you says.” It is important to choose a career path that makes you happy, even if it is not what others want for you. After all, it is your life and you only get one chance to be happy and pursue your dreams.
It is important to realize that your career path may veer in all directions. Make sure you have reliable mentors to whom you can turn for advice and direction when you arrive at these crossroads. If you need help deciding which career path is right for you, come visit the Career Center. It is our goal to help all students pursue their dreams, no matter how many obstacles they may face along the way. Come see us soon!