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If you’re having a hard time figuring out what you want to do after graduation, you’re not alone. Millions of college students and recent grads are struggling with the same problem. But why?

Whether you’re a senior in college or you’ve been out of school for a few years now, the thought of choosing one career can be extremely overwhelming.

Well, you might not realize it, but you’re probably putting too much pressure on yourself to find the “perfect” career right out of the gate.

If you think your first job path is the be-all end-all of your career, it’s going to be very hard to settle in on a career path.

Staying in the same company for 20 years used to be a goal. However, times are changing and, thankfully, there isn’t as much pressure to stay at the same place for decades. In fact, going through four job changes before turning 32 is becoming more commonplace.


Choosing a career path isn’t easy. And like most things in life, chances are you won’t completely nail it the first time. But if you go into your first job thinking, “this is it, this is what I’m going to be doing for the rest of my life,” you’re going to feel trapped, which will stunt your career growth.


So, take a little pressure off of yourself. Your first job or career path might not be the right one, and that’s okay. The important thing is to take the plunge and give your career a chance. If you continue to wait, you’re going to hurt your chances of landing any kind of job.

About the Author

Ariella Coombs

Over the last 4 years, Ariella has been creating fun, yet educational blog posts and videos to help professionals build the career lifestyle they want. Her work has been featured in 12+ online publications, including TeenVogue, Business Insider, H&R Block, USA TODAY College, and more. One day, she hopes to host my own TV or web show for career-minded millennials.

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