Planning for the Future

Graduation Cupcake

One of the things that I love about photographing hundreds of high school seniors each year is that I get to hear about their future plans. Their dreams, their ambitions….basically what they want to be when they grow up. Nursing, teaching, engineering, and other medical fields lead the list by FAR. So how does a senior go about choosing an area of study for college or even to go to college?

That decision is complex and I am by no means a guidance counselor nor do I play one on TV, but I do have a couple musings on what I have seen over the years.

1. Just because you are good at it doesn’t mean you like it.

If a student was great at math, they would probably be told to be an engineer. What if they didn’t like math? Engineering tends to be a little math intensive so being an engineer and hating math won’t work. Although often it is that you do get great grades in the subjects you love, don’t just assume that.

2. Relying on “those” tests.

By “those” tests, I mean the ones that you are supposed to take and it tells you “You should be an engineer.” There are way too many jobs and positions out there for a single test to name your exact profession. Even inside a profession there is variety. Take teaching for example: I currently guest lecture on the college level and could easily teach high school….but the thought of teaching kindergarten sends shivers up my spine.

So now what????

Strengths Finder Book

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Take this test.

What!  Because although it is a test…it really isn’t. Once you complete the very fast online test, it will give you the result immediately (no waiting) and then show you five areas you are strong in.

These five areas has broad suggestions that you might want to investigate. It will not point you to one specific profession, but you might be able to narrow down your 300 majors down to ten.

Anyone pondering what to study in college, this is a big decision that often means spending between $50-150,000+ dollars…a HUGE investment.

It is hard to believe that a $12 book might help be a guide.

So what do you want to be when you grow up?  Comment below or on our facebook page.