Just Try Stuff

What classes should I take?
What should I major in?
What kind of job should I get?
What am I going to do with my life?

These are the kinds of questions we hear everyday here at Career Services. In career as in life, sometimes there are no easy answers. But a lot of the time, the solution is actually surprisingly simple. Just try stuff.

Take that class you’re curious about. Saw a posting that intrigued you? Apply for the job. Pick up the new hobby you’ve found yourself daydreaming about. Passionate about a cause? Call up a local organization and see how you can get involved.

There is no wrong answer. There is no perfect place to start. The only mistake would be to do nothing. Just try stuff.

There is no better way to learn whether something is for you than by actually trying it. The more things you try, the more you’ll know about yourself and about what’s out there. The best way to maximize your chances of discovering work you love is by trying lots and lots of different things.

Some of the things you try will be total duds. You’ll try something and realize you hate it–or just don’t particularly care. This is about experimenting, so we have to be ready for any result.

But if you follow your interests, if you put yourself out there and do your best, sooner or later, something will click. It might start in the most surprising of places. Be open to inspiration from any source. Try new things. Try more.

As if by magic, those things that click lead to new opportunities. Along the way, you’ll meet new people, build relationships, learn skills, earn credentials, put lines on your resume. Each door opens further doors. One experience leads to the next. And someday, maybe sooner than you think, you may find you have a direction, an inspiration, a skill set, a degree path, even a job you love.

But it’s not magic–not really. It’s just trying stuff.

Shalom Leo Bond
Career Development Facilitator
UNM Career Services