The days are long gone when you stuck with an employer (and oftentimes a job) until you retired at 65 and rode off into the sunset. These days, it’s not uncommon for a person to have several full and fulfilling careers. People are choosing to not retire, they’re going back to school in their golden years, and it’s okay if you try out one career and find that it’s just not for you. The stigma is gone, but the fear of failure is still very strong.
It’s kind of ridiculous that people are expected to decide at 18 what to major in or what vocational school to attend and jump on a path that will dictate their career for the rest of their life. Would you trust an 18 year old to do anything? College is supposed to be the time to figure out what you want to do, but sometimes what looks good on paper (or in class) doesn’t translate to the career of your dreams. It’s not too late. [Read more…]