As I stood in the Adelaide Convention Centre the other week, dressed in my graduation gown and cap, I thought about how four years earlier I was in year 12 trying to work out what I wanted to do with my life.
Up until halfway through year 12, I wanted to be a teacher, before that a lawyer and before that a social worker, a hair dresser, a make-up artist and even a princess when I was really young.
Even while studying my degree, I started to change my mind due to the lack of jobs. I considered real estate, and teaching again.
There was always this fear that I would get my degree and just end up in a job that did not have anything to do with my degree.
So right now, I’m talking to the students in year 11 and 12 who are tossing up whether they want to go to university, if they want to move to the city to study for a career that they might not know anything about, or if they stay at home.
Do not be afraid of change. You may start a degree that you end up hating, that’s okay, don’t be afraid to change your degree and start something new.
Living in an area that does not have a wide range of services and career options, it’s difficult to know what career would suit you.
I suggest you look at all the available degrees, look at all the possible careers, and think about whether you would enjoy that career and if you could handle it.
Remember not to just choose a degree that all your friends are choosing, just because you are not sure what else to choose.
Work experience and volunteer work can help you decide what you want to do in the future, whether it is when you are school or while you are at university – if you decide to go to university.
If you do find yourself in a degree that you love, that is amazing, but that does not mean you do not need to worry about doing extra work experience.
Some degrees, such as nursing and teaching, include a lot of work experience, however degrees such as journalism and business, may only have one lot of work experience throughout the degree.
Use your initiative and make the most of potential work experience, event if that is volunteering for a not-for-profit group or local sporting club.
When considering your choices, just remember:
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Kathrine Catanzariti, journalist