“Whatever you are, be a good one” – Abraham Lincoln
Now that you’ve almost completed SBI, you have an expanded skill set, a more marketable resume, and a deeper understanding of the business world. You are substantially better equipped to find a career that interests you and to pursue it than you were at the beginning of this summer. Whether you graduate in one year or three, you can take the next steps toward building a career.
Don’t forget, however, that you’ll be investing a significant portion of your life towards whatever that career may be. Assuming you work 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year, you can expect to spend 2,000 hours a year at work. If you work 30 years before retiring, that’s 60,000 hours over the course of a career. Family, friends, and the other things that are meaningful to you are certainly just as important, but your career will, in a very literal sense, constitute a large part of your life’s work.
In that case, why not make your life’s work something that you’ll do well? Spend those 60,000 hours in a way that allows you to grow as a professional while providing value to others. You no doubt learned in the management component of CE that your engagement in your work will be a major factor in your effectiveness. In order to find something you’ll do well, find something that you love doing. Enthusiasm for your work makes all the difference; with it, those 60,000 hours will be a pleasure, without it, they could be a prison sentence.
The next time you consider your career goals, don’t fixate on what jobs are projected to be in demand when you graduate; projections don’t always fit reality, and you don’t fit every job description. Instead, look for something that you enjoy and can excel at. You might not find that something right away, so don’t be afraid to keep looking.
Your college education will give you more freedom than most people have in deciding how to spend your 60,000 hours, and your SBI education will expand your options even further. The freedom to make your career a part of your life, and not just a living, is an immense gift. Make the most of it.