Finding What I Want To Do For The Rest Of My Life!

At the turn of the 20th century, there were about 400 career choices. By the turn of the 21st century, there were tens of thousands. How do I make the right choice of a career for my life?  

When I worked at Clarks Summit University in Student Recruitment I had to counsel many teens entering college. One statistic that I remember was: 70% of young people entering the university don’t know what major they should choose; 70% will change their major during their time in the university; 70% will work in a different field after graduation from the university than what their degree major was from the university. Wow, how do I know what to choose?

I believe that one good plan of action is to experience many types of work opportunities through life. Abraham Lincoln worked on a farm when he was young and realized that was not what he wanted to do. He tried owning a store and went bankrupt. That’s not what he should be doing. He became a lawyer which later allowed him to enter politics!  Ah, that’s what he was good at! He found what he was good at and stayed in his “sweet spot.” Yes, and as we know he was pretty good at being President of the United States.

What are you good at? You may not know in your teen years. What I have done for the past 33 years that I really love I did not discover until I was 35! All of the years from my first job as a teenager, through college, working a blue-collar job after college, then being an assistant pastor, learning to preach, leading a church, were all steps to finding my “sweet spot” as a youth evangelist.

The key though to all of my searchings for my career was seeking God first!  I didn’t know what I was good at but God knew!!  He led me through many career experiences and let me fail in many of them or at least struggle to be sufficient to prepare me for the perfect fit. I believe that so many teens are afraid to choose anything, any university, any relationship because they might fail. But, if you walk with God even the failures can teach you a lesson. “What if I don’t choose the right major,” you might say.  You can’t go wrong if you walk with God. He will work it out for good at the end (Romans 8:28).  So don’t be afraid! Step out!  Make a choice! Walk with God! All these things will be added unto you (Matthew 6:33)!!

 

The blog post was written by Ken Rudolph, TLC Featured Speaker. To register for Teen Leadership Conference and National Youth Ministries Conference, visit the link.

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