If there is any advice I could provide to a student just entering college, my advice would be to have options. Stay open-minded. Look for opportunities. This has been a topic that I have been seeing a lot lately, so I thought it would also be a good post.
When my internship ended, I truly thought it was the end of the world. My current company didn’t really have any “entry level” type of positions open so I was forced to look elsewhere. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise because I was able to apply for a job that was outside of my comfort zone. The qualifications were high, my experience was minimal, but the job description was enticing. So I applied.
I would never have applied if I wasn’t forced to.
With that being said, I would tell any young professional or college student to keep their options open. Just because the job you have right now may be comfortable, it is VITAL to push your limits and challenge yourself. Step outside of your comfort zone. You will never achieve goals if you don’t try new things.
This is apparent with most college students. We go into college determined to be a journalist and somehow wind up with a business degree instead. However just because you have this business degree doesn’t mean you’re forced to be a businessman/woman for the rest of your life. You may decide in 2, 5, 10 years that Social Work is your passion. Or perhaps Nursing School.
But either way, YOU HAVE OPTIONS. Keep this in mind. Do not succumb to career tunnel vision. You may miss potential opportunities that are outside of your focus.