If you could go back in time…

Someone asked me this question recently and it got me a bit flustered. I figured I should know the answer to a question like this, because I’m in the career development field, after all.

Here is the question…what’s your first reaction?

Knowing what you know now, if you could go back to your senior year in high school and choose a major and career path all over again, would you choose the same one? What path would you choose?

Career Crossroads

For all the pondering I have done over questions like this, I didn’t have a concrete answer ready to go. I mulled it over and hummed and hawed and came to the conclusion that my interests, at their core, have not really changed and that, if I were able to zip back in time and have a “do-over”,  I would still be facing the same tough decision that I did back then. For me, it was always law vs. psychology. Plain and simple. And it still is.

Do you wish you had a “do-over?” What path would you choose?

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3 thoughts on “If you could go back in time…

  1. Andrea says:

    If I was back in my senior year of high school, I would tell my old self to ignore the guidance counsellors and apply for university. Looking back, I think they were pushing the college route for everyone. The only people that were recommended to go to university were the honour roll students (80%) and above. I don’t regret going to college, I just wish I had been given all of the options.

    I would have sought a career counsellor that perhaps have could steered me in the direction of my interests through career testing.

  2. Sharon says:

    For me it seemed like the opposite — with the counselor pushing university. I think there should be less of a focus on where you’re going (college vs. university) and more about what you want to do. Obviously where you’re headed is a factor but if you have a particular career goal in mind it should lead you in a direction. Not ‘well you’re a good candidate for university-now these are your options’.

    I actually always wanted to be an accountant and at the last minute changed my mind to psychology. My guidance counselor discouraged the change based on my marks in math/accounting and social science. I was stubborn and stuck with the psychology major. I think that if I could go back in time, I would have listened to her. I also think that a career assessment would have shown me that there are career options available that can take into account both interests.

  3. Great insights, Andrea and Sharon. Thanks for sharing your experiences and your ideas for your own “do-over.” It’s interesting that you had opposite experiences. But I think, as Sharon mentions, this highlights the need to consider all training/education options based on the general career path you want to take. Fully exploring each and then making a decision. Knowing the pros and cons to both paths, both financially and in terms of the time commitment. I agree that a career assessment can be a helpful tool to help blend various interests and explore all the options…

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