Have you ever been stuck in a rut? Normally it’s no problem. You just make a few changes to shake up your routine and then all is well again. But what if your rut is related to your education and your career choice? Then there might be problems. Most college freshmen change their majors a few times, and many times people make career changes. The problem is when you lose your drive to finish your degree, or decide you don’t want a degree in your area of study after all.
Don’t worry. There are steps you can take to either get out of this rut and get back on track, or to change your course so you feel good about things again.
Identify the Cause
Are you in a rut over your major? Your job? Where you live? Whatever it is, figure out what is causing you to feel stuck. Maybe you just need to move across town, or maybe you should reconsider your major. Sometimes the cause isn’t so obvious, and you might have to do some digging. Don’t be afraid to experiment a little to find out what it is you need to change.
Reassess Your Goals
Now that you know what is causing your rut, reconsider your goals. Are you working toward your masters degree online? Is this what you really want to be doing? It’s important to realize what your goals are, and if you are or aren’t achieving them. If you aren’t, decide if it is because of a lack of interest or some other interference. Maybe your goals have changed, and that’s okay. Either recommit yourself to your current goals, or set some new goals.
Find Your Passion
It’s hard to achieve goals if you aren’t passionate about them. Life is too short to spend it doing things you don’t enjoy. Make sure your goals will help you do things you are passionate about. For example, maybe you thought you wanted to be a medical assistant, but have since realized that you aren’t passionate about the medical field. If that’s the case, find what you are passionate about and set some goals that will help you do those things.
Form a Plan
Everyone needs a plan. Yes, it will change on a yearly, monthly and even daily basis. But, when you don’t have a plan, you lose direction and even desire. No matter how loose or how vague it is, make some kind of plan and write it down. If you want to change careers, write down the steps that you would need to take to do that. For example, you may decide to go back to school or work harder at networking with people in other industries. Your plan could also be less formal, like scheduling in time to develop talents and take a break from working.
Being stuck in a rut is never fun, and it can even become stressful if it involves your education and your future career. Luckily, a rut is not an end, but a chance to reassess your goals and to alter your path if you need to.
Alice J. Walker is not your average college students and enjoys writing about anything and everything. She excels at writing about things like user product reviews, college life, and fashion.