Career, Undecided: What To Do When You Don't Know What to Do
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Some of us have known we wanted to be doctors, lawyers, singers or entertainers since we practically left the womb. Others figure it out later in life after finding out what they’re good at. And then there are those who hit the professional purpose jackpot after long periods of trial and error.

What happens when you don’t know what career to choose or where to even start thinking about it? Absolutely nothing. As a millennial, it may seem daunting and disappointing to not have it all figured out by 22, but don’t worry. Writer Jessica Stillman has a few smart things you can do to hone in on your purpose and get that much closer to figuring it all out. She writes:

Many people consider and pursue the career options that are shared with them by the main influencers in their life: family, friends, school and the media. The problem is that these groups will often disproportionately promote certain traditional career paths, such as doctors, teachers and lawyers.

The biggest mistake a young person can make is to limit themselves to a small selection of career paths. To know what it is that you want to do, you need to learn more about yourself. What are your skills? What are your interests? What are your values? Once young people understand this, they can discover what it is they want to be doing and explore the wealth of options that are available to them.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.