Soon graduation will be here and we will take the next step in the journey and pursue our desired careers. This term I have been coming to the scary but liberating realization that I may not want to work in the public relations field.
When I came to the University of Oregon in 2007, I had intended on getting a business degree but wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do after graduation. In looking for other degree options I came across public relations and thought it sounded like a perfect fit for me. In my PR classes I was engaged and finally enjoying what I was learning. Working in the PR field has been a different experience.
I was told that PR was a writing intensive field but I didn’t realize just how much of your day to day tasks are writing assignments. I love my internship and have learned so much in this short amount of time but I am not sure this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.
I always thought I would be perfectly content working a 9 to 5 desk job, now that I’ve tried it, I am not so sure. This is the scariest thought ever. I’ve spent so long working toward this goal, how can I just give up on it? I can’t just completely change my plan, right?
If there’s one thing I’ve realized this term it’s the fact that I am not sure what I want to do with my life, even though just a few short months ago I was sure I did. I’ve decided that what I need some time to reevaluate my life and what I want to do with it. There is a good chance that I will come back to the public relations field but I’ve decided that it’s OK if I don’t.
What have your experiences been this term? Have you realized your field is exactly where you want to be or have you discovered that it may not be for you? Do you ever see yourself switching careers down the road?