I recently came across a little journal I kept in grade 12 that had lists of all the schools I was considering, all the programs, and all the careers I was contemplating. Here I am four years later still undecided on my future career. However the difference is, I am ok with that now. However, in grade 12 I thought I had to know what I was going to do with my future. I thought I needed to know exactly what my degree would be used for and where I wanted to spend the rest of my life working. This little journal makes me laugh because at 18, how did I expect myself to know what I was going to do when at 21 I still don’t?!
Here is a little secret friends: you don’t need to know what you want to do as a career when you decide what school to go to. In fact, even if you think you know, chances are it will change during your four years! The biggest stress in my grade 12 career was thinking about jobs and occupations, which I now realize was so silly. How can you decide at 18 what job you want to do when you barely know what jobs are out there? Please, trust me on this – just decide on two main factors and the rest will fall into place. 1. Choose the program you think suits you and your academic self. Pick a program that interests you, and you can see yourself excited about! 2. Pick a campus that you can picture yourself on for the next four years! The school you choose will become your home, so make sure you can envision yourself there! Once you have decided on these two factors, the rest will fall into place. Throughout your four years you will be exposed to numerous careers, either through volunteering, course placements, guest speakers, research positions or professors- there is no need to worry about that in grade 12!
I hope you have all had a chance to come check out Brock’s beautiful campus! Good luck making your decision!
First of all, I really like your article on how we should not know what to do in grade 12. I am in grade 12 and I have been changing my mind every year while my friends seem to have it figured out. I know that I want to do something medical but I keep changing my mind. I also like working with kids. It can be tough to figure out what to do…
Thanks for this lovely piece of writing!