My Untraditional Career Path | Why It’s Ok To Not Know What You Want To Do With Your Life

I’m a big believer in untraditional career paths. Why? Well, because I think if you already know FOR CERTAIN what you want to do with your life when you’re just 18 years old, you’re one of the lucky few.

For most of us though, we have no freaking idea, and we spend sometimes the rest of our lives searching for careers that we’re passionate about.

So in my latest video, that’s what I’m talking about. I’m sharing my untraditional career path and showing you how I went from being a campus tour guide to working at a hospital, and eventually made my way into marketing and advertising.

A lot of people graduate college with a degree in one thing and go on to pursue careers in something totally different.

That’s ok.

A lot of people have to job hop a bit before landing their dream jobs.

Again, that’s ok.

So don’t beat yourself up too much if you’re feeling lost and confused.

I’ve been there.

Some of the most successful people have been there.

Just keep moving forward and eventually you’ll figure it out.

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10 Comments

  1. Becca

    November 20, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I’m always made to feel like I’m crazy for wanting to pursue a non traditional career. It’s always nice to see how others handle it as well. Great work on your post and video๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Kate K

    November 20, 2017 at 9:11 am

    I’m only 23 but I’ve already had an untraditional career path – I studied International Studies and worked with international students for a summer, but I’ve also been a barista and a communications & marketing intern several times. While traditional paths are good for some people, I think it’s also good to be open to whatever comes your way and see if there’s anything out there you didn’t know about before.

  3. Nicole | Glamorously You

    November 20, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Loved this video! I definitely have to check out the rest of your channel ๐Ÿ™‚ Your advice is really inspiring as I’m trying to sort out my career at the moment. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Caroline

    November 20, 2017 at 10:59 am

    i LOVE this girl! The biggest thing I had to realize was that your first job is not going to be your ‘dream’ job, so even if you are following a semi traditional career path, it takes time to figure out what your career will look like and you may jump around before finding what is right for you!

    xx Caroline
    http://www.whenwear.com

  5. Johanne

    November 20, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Totally agree that it’s ok to have a non-traditional career path. Sounds better to me than traditional :). I’ve actually never strayed too far away for what I studied, but I still don’t think my path is traditional. I’m going from here to there and I’m definitely job hopping. In about a year my boyfriend and I hope to move to Spain or Portugal and I’m already looking forward to new job opportunities (freelance etc)!

  6. Jacey

    November 20, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    This is great. I always felt like I was never meant for a “normal” job, and this has caused many to think that I’m crazy. I’m working on a business degree but I honestly don’t know where it will lead me, and it’s reassuring that I don’t have to fit into a specific mould. Great video ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. marissa

    November 21, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    you know, as a mid 20 something I too have thought about this a lot. I think the question for me is always where to go from here? this is really great. love how open you are!

  8. Echo

    November 21, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    When I was in college I changed my major 3 times. Now that Iโ€™m an โ€œadultโ€ Iโ€™ve changed my career 2-5 times. I think sometimes you get burnt out and need a change anyway. So, saying Iโ€™m going to be _________ for the rest of my life isnโ€™t really a truth.

  9. Sophie

    November 21, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Oh yes this post is SO for me. I’m 25 and switched jobs twice already + had 4 blogs and now just started my blog coaching business. It has taken me some time to know what I wanted to do, but I’m sooo happy I finally created my own business. Feel like I’m finally a bit peaceful about my journey ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your video.

  10. Nicholas Garrigan

    November 21, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Absolutely true! Definitely have a great mindset on careers – it is such a high pressure topic these days, that we get pressured into thinking we should know. I think a lot of it boils down to elementary and upper level schooling before college. Heavy exposure to different subjects, which is so rare these days, really helps kids in certain areas.

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