After graduating college the world is your oyster. There are so many opportunities, places to go, things to see, responsibilities and expectations to fulfill – and nobody that can really tell you with any authority what to do. It’s an amazing feeling, and a terrifying one. There are so many choices it can be difficult to know what the right choice is for you.
The most important thing to remember as you embark on your “real life” and career is that almost nothing is irreversible. Decision-making can be very stressful when you trap yourself in a corner and imagine that the choices you make now will define the rest of your life. You should take care in deciding how you want to begin your career, but you should keep in mind that you can always change your mind. You can always go back and make a different decision. You can always quit your job and search for a new one. Sure – it’s not always easy. But it’s possible, so remember that.
The next step in finding the right career path is to determine your objectives and interests. How much money do you need or want to make? What activities do you enjoy? Would you prefer to work on a computer or in a garden? Do you enjoy working with kids, or prefer presenting to a boardroom full of businessmen?
Once you’ve narrowed down your field of interest, it’s time to research various jobs and positions. Do research online, talk to people already in the field, and if possible, try to find a related internship.
If tourism management is a career you are considering, be sure to check out the resources on the World Tourism Organization’s website. The tourism management course descriptions on Boston University Metropolitan College’s website are also helpful. They provide excellent insight into the types of issues that tourism managers deal with on a day-to-day basis.
Whatever you decide, put your whole heart into it, and have fun. If it doesn’t turn out how you thought it would – try something else. Don’t let yourself get stuck. The world is always your oyster – out of college and ever after. Who knows, you just might find a pearl.