If you approach the decision-making process in the incorrect manner, selecting a professional path may be a difficult task, regardless of whether you are a senior in college or have been out of school for a few years. If you are having problems determining what you want to accomplish with the rest of your life, the likelihood is that one of these things is preventing you from moving forward. You are unable to choose a professional path for a number of reasons, including the following:
1. You are experiencing fear.
What are your plans if things don't go as planned? What if you fail? What if you really detest it? What if they hold a grudge against you?
2. You have no formal education.
You may have completed your education, but can you honestly say that you are knowledgeable about the field associated with your chosen major? Do you even have a clue about the kinds of employment that are available? Do you have any idea what types of employment you might get with a degree in that field?
3. You are unwilling to put yourself in harm's way in any way.
Are you turning down chances or offers because you believe they include too much of a risk for you to handle?
4. You are having doubts about this decision.
After devoting four years to learning about a certain subject, you reach the middle of your senior year questioning whether or not this path is really the best one for you. Do you truly want to forward with this plan? Did you pass up an opportunity to work in a more desirable field? Have you decided on your course too quickly?
5. You're sitting around and waiting for everything to fall into place.
There is a narrow line between "wishing" for the right profession to come along and keeping positive when you attempt something and it doesn't work out. While it is vital to remain hopeful, there is a boundary that should not be crossed. Are you hoping that something would magically appear at your doorstep rather than putting in the effort necessary to acquire it?
6. You aren't giving your hopes and goals a fair shot.
You've got huge dreams. They've been with you ever since you were a little child. Why don't you give them the benefit of the doubt? Do you believe that your dreams are meaningless? Do you consider them to be too idealistic?
7. You have not yet determined what it is that you are particularly skilled at accomplishing.
What ARE you good at anyway? What are some of your best qualities? Why should potential employers care about them?
8. You are allowing other people to determine the direction of your professional life.
Are you open to the suggestions of your loved ones and/or close pals about how you need to direct the rest of your life? Do you ever feel as if you have to conform to the standards set by other people in your life?