AAU Career

What do I want to do?

One question that has probably come up for you is, "What do I want?"

It is an important question, and the answer should help you frame the choices you make and the hopes you have for your future career path.

However, a lot of students don't really know what they want. If you are feeling that way - you're not alone! It's normal.

It is just not always possible to provide a particularly clear answer to the question. And it is perfectly okay if you can't define one particular interest or job you could imagine yourself doing. The idea of ​​a direction to go in is enough to begin with. And you have already taken many steps in one direction by choosing to go to university.

➡ Here, we will explain to you why you should relax, and some things you should keep in mind if you're having doubts.

What if I don't know what I want?

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    Should I start over if I make the wrong choice?

    What you want should define what you strive to do. It should be your guideline in your choices. Desires and interests often change. Therefore, your wishes may not be the same as 2 years ago. It often happens when you build experience and try out different things.

    Maybe you regret a direction you've gone in – e.g., choosing a particular elective course in your study that you still don't think makes so much sense to you. It is annoying if it is not exciting, because preferably your study time should be interesting and rewarding (and not just as a transfer area in an airport where you are only because you will soon be out of there). But that doesn't mean you have to rethink your entire direction for what you might want.

    You may be afraid of the long-term consequences of your choices. It can make it extra difficult when you have to make choices in terms of study, internship, study job and everything else.

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    What do I need to remember when I make career-related choices?

    You need to remember 4 things:

     

    1. You become wiser of everything you do!

    Of course, choices can be made that are "final" in the sense that you cannot un-choose them, but that does not mean that you have not become wiser the next time you need to make a choice again.

    2. Often it doesn't really matter that much!

    Actually, the choice of elective courses or around internships in Denmark versus abroad does not have the great consequence very often.

    3. What is the "right" depends on the situation!

    Of course, there may be contexts where one or the other will weigh higher, but it is entirely based on the individual case. Nothing general can be said about which choices are best.

    4. So trust yourself

    ...and your gut feeling and your research of the circumstances – e.g., by talking to someone who is doing something you would like to do.

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    How do I meet my goal?

    One thing is for sure, and it is that no one can predict the exact long-term consequences of a choice. You (and we) can guess about it, but in the end there are no safe paths from, e.g., a particular study to a particular job.

    As much as possible, you should seek out the opportunities you have to increase the likelihood that you will get to do what you want to do.

    The effect of the things you do is not certain, but some things are nevertheless certain, e.g.:

    • You will not meet a company at the Career Fair if you are not present at the fair
    • You will not get a posted job if you do not apply for it

    Find out where you can best seek out opportunities – and prioritise your time and effort.

    Do not seek out so many opportunities that the return on your activities does not match the effort or pressure you may feel about "doing something". If you get to that point, book a career conselling session with us and we'll help you prioritise.

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