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Why Having So Many Career Options is a Great and Terrible Thing

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Siena chapter.

Many of us make the mistake of believing that we will have a definite career plan by the time of our senior year in college. We have studied hard throughout the last four years of our lives, and we see so many other people planning their next move. As if this wasn’t enough pressure, we are succumbed to the dreadful question: ‘What are you going to do after college?’ Many people know what they are going to do with their future and that is a beautiful thing. However, if you are one of those people with many interests, the amount of options that you have could be a great and terrible thing.

The Good:

When you’re faced with an endless amount of career options, it is wonderful that you have so many opportunities. You have the chance to choose a career that involves something that you’re passionate about and something that you actually enjoy. Whether it’s attending a graduate program, attending medical school, or finding a job directly after college, you have a bright future coming your way. Additionally you will have the option to change your career choice if you decide that you do not like what you originally chose. This power that you possess is a gift, and something that many people with careers wish that they had.

The Bad:

Having way too many options can make it hard to make a decision. There are so many overwhelming choices that one can feel lost and feel like the decision that they make might not be the right one. Picking a career should be an exciting and gratifying time that makes you acknowledge all of your hard work. However, having so many careers out there can leave you feeling lost and confused. Applying to multiple grad programs and jobs still leaves an uneasy feeling when thinking about the future. Having so many options is terrifying and doesn’t help you prepare for the future like you wanted to.

Wherever you lie in making a decision, it is important to trust that you will land the perfect career and will love your life. Focus on what makes you happy and don’t forget to enjoy the little things in life. A choice regarding your career is not permanent, so have fun and love senior year.