Become Your Best STEM Self
Part 1: If money were no object, what would you do?
When you are doing something you love you feel energized, exited, alive, and in-tune with yourself. Conversely, you also know when you are doing something that makes you miserable! Time drags on super slow, you have to force yourself to do it, and you feel drained. In this New Year, resolve to pay attention to what makes you happy and what does not. This is the critical first step in becoming your best STEM self in 2018!
Do you know someone who hates their job? I know many, and can testify that unhappiness in your work leads to unhappiness throughout all aspects of your life. According to a Gallup poll, 73% of Americans dislike their jobs. That’s a lot of miserable people! While there are likely many factors contributing to this, part of the reason is likely the fact that people wait until too late in their life to discover what they truly love. That is why I urge you to start now – make it your New Year’s resolution to become your best STEM self!
You’ve probably heard this one before, but it really is true. Each morning I wake up excited to get to work. I absolutely love what I do, and even if I won the lottery and had a million dollars, I would still want to keep doing exactly what I am doing now! To me that is the true test of whether or not you are in the perfect career:
If you didn’t have to work another day in your life, would you still want to keep doing your job?
Taking the First Step
As part of your New Years resolution to become your best STEM self, start by asking your parents and other adults this question. If they had a million dollars, what would they do? The answers might surprise you, and there is much to be learned. If they would continue to do their current job even if money is no object, they are a rare find 🙂 Ask them how they arrived in their current career, how they figured out what they loved to do, and who helped them along the way. Then try to connect their answers to how it relates to your own journey.
If your parents would get the heck out of their current job if they suddenly became millionaires, there is valuable information to be learned here as well. Ask them things like this: Why do you hate your job? How did you end up in this career? When did you realize this was not the right career for you? What do you wish you were doing? What holds you back from doing it? Some of the most critical things I have learned in life was through the mistakes of others. Learn from them, take note of where they went wrong, and file it in your memory bank as a reference for what NOT to do in your own life.
Talking to adults you know about their own personal career journeys will be immensely helpful in charting your own career path. Stay tuned for part two of this New Years series, where I will list helpful resources for exploring your passions and finding a career that is right for you.