Monday, December 16, 2013

having the courage to make a change.

As many of my readers are already aware, I began my education studying finance with a business analytics minor. I loved it for the first two years, but am now realizing that I enjoy the Management Information Systems, technical side of my focus more.

I realized in my senior year (just a few months ago) that I wasn’t as passionate about what I was doing as I had hoped. It was a startling, yet freeing revelation for me. At first I beat myself up over not deciding sooner in my educational career what exactly I wanted to do with my life. But slowly I realized it wasn’t too late to change directions if it would get me to where I ultimately hoped to end up one day.
Insert my internship this past summer where I worked in collaboration with ten other interns developing an iPhone application.  I worked as a business analyst alongside computer science and software engineers in this process. If interested, I'd love to have you check out the outcome of this experience.

While I don’t particularly desire to sit behind a computer screen day in and day out for the rest of my life, as I desire some sort of human interaction (I like people too!), I do wish to go the MIS route and recently accepted a job in the Business technology division of a financial services and insurance company in Australia. I couldn’t be more excited!

And I will leave you with my advice for you in making the switch:
  1. Find your passion early on if possible.
  2. If that fails, it’s never too late to change your mind if it means ultimately living out your dreams.
  3. Do what you love, love what you do—You are in the driver’s seat of your own life after all! Don’t let anyone or anything else take the wheel for you!
  4. Money is far from everything. Having job satisfaction and that perfect work/life balance is way more important if you want to live a happy life!
  5. Never get too comfortable. Change is an inevitable part of life and you have to be willing to adapt to whatever is thrown your way.
  6. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Ask for what you want, if you never ask, the answer will always be no! As my mama’s always told me, you’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

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Alexandra Marie said...

I love this! I completely changed the route I wanted to take my senior year too. I have found that loving what I do has made me a much happier person who likes going to work each morning!

Whitney Vass said...

You go girl! It's never too late to switch and I know you are going to rock at whatever you decide to do! :)

Happy Monday!

Caroline Topperman said...

This is such a great sentiment for everyone! I love that you did that, so fantastic!

2justByou said...

Great post, Shane. And it's so true. Even if a direction is changed in its entirety (say, from business to health care, or teaching to music). It's really never too late.



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