Discovering Your Purpose
When we find our mission in life, we will enjoy our work.
—Richard N. Bolles
What are you going to do with your life after graduation? You will hear that question from everyone—your parents, your friends, your professors. You will ask yourself the same question repeatedly. If you know the answer, you are lucky. If you do not, join the secret conspiracy—uncertainty, like misery, loves company, and you have a lot of company.
If you have many interests, you will have many options. You cannot know for sure what the best path is before you choose. Uncertainty is a phenomenon that will accompany you most of your life. While no one predicted it, the current nature of the workplace and our own wish to continue developing have created a scenario in which most of us will change jobs, even careers, many times, perhaps more than six times in our working lives. While that may make a person sound unstable, it is the rate determined by the Department of Labor for changing technologies and economies as well as personal development. You will no doubt experience such rapid change yourself. You may even be more fulfilled because of it. But change within successful careering is not like changing majors every semester. In fact, careers are not very much at all like college, where there are structured course requirements and benevolent professors. Successful careering requires your courage to explore, take