What if I don't know what to do with my future?

Im pretty scared of the near future. Im only a freshman, but I dont know what I want to be when im older. It scares me. should I just not bother to think about it, and what if its to late… grrr. please help

Answer #1

Oh and another thing: It actually says a lot about you as a person that you are actually thinking about this sort of thing. A lot of kids don’t think about that stuff and are just worried about having fun, being “popular” at school, etc. So just the fact that you are thinking about your future means that you will probably succeed in life since you have a desire to try to plan ahead. Keep in mind though that some things happen that you cannot control so don’t worry about it too much. And you should just try to enjoy your youth while you can and try to keep a balance between having fun and planning ahead. Your profile indicates that you enjoy music. Although it is considered a lot of hard work to become a “successful” musician, there are many other careers to choose from in the music industry. When I was young I used to go to a LOT of shows and got to know a lot of bands and a lot of club owners, so I used my connections to try to help up-and-coming local acts to promote themselves and get their name out there. I never actually did it long enough to make money, but if you put enough effort into it, you could become a successful promoter. All you have to do is start off like I did hanging out and going to shows and meeting all kinds of people in the biz. When you come across new talent and you believe that they could have the potential to succeed in the industry, then you just talk to some of the club owners that you know and try to book a show for them. It helps if the band has a demo CD that you can give to the club owners to listen to, but it’s not really necessary. I’m in the Seattle area so there’s a lot of venues looking to book bands even if they’re just a little good at what they do, so you would want to do this in a city near you that is big enough and has plenty of venues. So, that’s just an idea, there are endless possibilities. Promoting takes a lot of work, but if you enjoy music and meeting interesting people then it will not seem like work because you are havin fun and hanging out with bands all the time. It just takes a while before you get to really know what you’re doing and actually start making money from it. Usually, you would tell the band that you can book a show at whatever certain venue, then you pass out flyers or post on the internet to try to get as many people to come to the show as possible. Everyone who comes pays anywhere from 5 to 10 bucks or more to get in to the show, and you gotta work out a deal with the band. For example, you tell them that you got them a show and you are only asking for an equal share of the cover charge. So if there are 4 people in the band, then you count yourself, so theres 5 people to split the money between. If the cover charge is $7 and 30 people show up, then thats $210 divided by 5 so you would each make $42 for the night. Most club owners wont take any of the money because they make money off of all the people who you got to show up at their club when they buy food or drinks. This usually works best for a 21 and over cause people buy alcohol so that’s how the club owners make their money. So if you are starting with underage shows then you will have to figure out another formula to make sure everyone makes a little money. Most underage bands are happy to play for practically free just to get their name out there and build a fan-base. It’s your business, so you run it the way you want to and make your own rules and everything, so it’s pretty fun. So anyway, I hope that helps you think of an idea for something to do with your future. Good Luck!

Answer #2

You’re a frosh, you have plenty of time. Think of what you LIKE to do. There’s probably a career that has to do with it.

For example: I like working with kids, so I want to open a daycare.

Talk to a guidance counciler. They can help you.


Answer #3

ok well your a fresh high school is the time of decisions you have 4 years to make them you can talk to your counceler about careers that may be good or you or even your parents…and for the other guy a special agent is like an FBI agent know what that is if not watch some movies like james bond

Answer #4

don’t worry, at least not yet. You may want to try to do a vocational training program through your school, it is usually free while you are in school. Look into becoming an LPN while in high school so that it is free, and then when you graduate you will have a job to support yourself, and then you can follow your dream and become what you want. It’s great in college if you can have a great paying and flexiable job other than being a waiter or working in a department store. Even if you don’t want anything in the medical field it’s a great way to support yourself through college. You could even become an RN with just one extra year of school and some additional college classes. Talk to your school counselor and they will be able to help you

Answer #5

Why don’t you take some interesting summer classes at your local community college, that way you’d begin to get a better idea about what there is to offer in the “adult” world

Answer #6

I’m in the same situation. I’m going to be a high school senior, and my parents have always been pressuring me to end up in medical school. not to say that it’s not a respectable place to end up because medical school comes after YEARS of hell and schoolwork… but at the same time I absolutely hate it when people try to limit my options. I want to go to school as an undeclared but people around me worry that I won’t come up with a major in time. it’s not that I’m not itnerested in anything - it’s just that I have too many different interests. if I can point something out right now, my most favorite subjects in high school so far are history, language&composition, and biology. and my ideal learning envrironment would be majoring in these types of subjects - but the parentals want me to apply to some accelerated medical program, get into med school fast, and get a stable job. I know their intentions are for my own sake, but I really doubt that this route will leave me HAPPPY.

I mean, it’s not the end of the world to go into college as an undecided major, right? my parent’s concern is that I’ll end up wasting money and time. but at the same time, I don’t want to go in as one major and go through all the trouble of changing it. I mean I have a direction for my future - it’s just unfocused right now…

what do you think?

Answer #7

Hey it’s never too late. A lot of people don’t know what they want to be even after they are 30 or 40 years old. It’s true that if you can figure it out earlier, you will have a head start on life. It HAS to be something you enjoy. I am now about to be 27 in 2 days and I am just now figuring out that I want to be an astrophysicist because outer space is one of the only things that excites me since there is so much still to be discovered out there. Also, marine biology is another exciting subject for me since they say that we know more about the moon than we do about our own planet since the ocean takes up most of our planet and we don’t know much about what goes on down there. So, you have to figure out what ignites the passion in your heart. And it may take awhile to figure that out. But you don’t want to go to college and invest a bunch of time learning about something like, acting, for example and then find out that it’s not really what you want to do. However, I think that if you feel that you can do it, acting is the perfect thing to do if you don’t know what you want to do. Because as an actor/actress, you can play the part of an astronaut, or the president of the USA, or a doctor, or a criminal. So it’s kind of like you get to be all kinds of different people so that sounds like it would not get boring at least. Just don’t do something just to make someone else happy. I knew when I was a little kid that stars and planets were very interesting to me, but for some reason it just never dawned on me before to make a career out of doing something that I obviously loved learning about. I just love exploring and discovering, so archeology is also exciting to me since you can dig up an ancient city or dinosaur bones, and find out amazing things that we never knew before. If you have any more questions, or you want to know what you should do to pursue a certain career path, feel free to message me. Actually, I would be quite interested to find out what kinds of things you like and maybe I could help you figure out a good plan, since I know exactly how you feel and I wish someone would have tried to help me get on track when I was young. But if you’d rather not discuss your future or your personal interests with a complete stranger, I completely understand and I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors!

Answer #8

I have the same problem. also a freshman and I have no idea what I want to do. my career test said special agent and I dont even know what that means. my grades are ok but I have no clue what profession I want. I try not to think about it to much and hope something comes to me later but im scared that nothing will.

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