by Jason Bond
As I near the end of my degree, I look back on the past five years and I think to myself that I honestly could have made it through this process in a much shorter amount of time. Like many, when I first started school I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. So I asked myself, what is it in life that I’m excited about and good at?
When I had a brief moment, I sat down to think.
I enjoy camping, flying, hunting, fishing, woodworking, and at the end of the day, of course, long walks on the beach. Unfortunately, that is not where the list ends.
I feel as though it just goes on and on which makes it incredibly difficult to decide what to pursue as a career. I know, that in the end, I love being active. I am a hand’s on person so doing something active is, in my opinion the best career.
I started my Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and quickly decided that chasing down the bad guy would be extremely fun, but what about chasing them in a helicopter, now that sounds like a blast! Eventually, I changed my degree to Aeronautics and I don’t regret it at all!
Since I change my degree to Aeronautics, it has been one of the most exciting and rewarding four years of my life. I have gotten the chance to fall through the sky in a helicopter practicing emergency procedures and had so much fun doing it! Unfortunately, the degree changes did extend the time it has taken me to finish my degree, but I truly feel like this is exactly where God wants me to be.
I don’t think there are, “3 Steps to Deciding” what to do, but I truly think that evaluating what your talents and desires are is one of the best ways to decide what degree to pursue. When I sat down and asked myself what I want to do for the next 40 years I know it has got to be fun, but also something to provide for a family. Here are some of the questions I asked myself.
Do I enjoy this? (Psychology, Criminal Justice, Business)
Has God given me a natural gift in the field?
Do I want to be doing this in 5 or 10 or 40 years?
Can I impact my sphere of influence while I do this job?
I know life is not always about having fun, but God created us with talents and things we enjoy. I would rather live my life loving God, having as much fun as I can along the way and doing something I enjoy than doing something I hate and making a lot of money.
So what have you always dreamed of doing? There is probably something that always comes to mind which, you try to suppress because it sounds unachievable. I want to encourage you, take that step.
So often I believe the devil persuades us not to walk by faith believing that God has made the way. If we truly believed this, all we just need to take the step. So here’s the thing take some time and think about these questions and other ones that help complement your natural talents.
My dream: I want to own an island one day, where I can retire, go fishing, and sailing—every day, while listening to the Zac Brown Band. But as for now, I will continue to take the small steps to get me there.