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Finding Your Professional Purpose In Life

Source |  |  BY:Bobby Nylen Student at Auburn University, Harbert College of Business


The process of finding out what your purpose is in life, is something that some people figure out at a young age, while many others figure it out later in life. I personally was a person, who was essentially clueless about my purpose and what I wanted to do in life until my sophomore year of college. There were many different factors that had a substantial influence on me when I was contemplating what I wanted to do in life, such as internships, jobs, new ideas that were introduced to me in college, advice I received from people that love their professions, college courses, as well as many other experiences.

I believe that jobs and internships are the most influential factors in the process of deciding what your purpose is in your professional life.  This is my belief, because these jobs and internships provide real work experience that you will not be able to get any other way. It allows young people the opportunity to see what it is really like to work in the field that they believe they want to work in later in their life. It can be a truly eye-opening experience to some people, because quite a few of them will come to the realization that this is not what they want to do with their life after they see first hand what it is like to work in that profession. These jobs and internships are not just for young professionals to put on a resume to impress future employers, they also are a suitable way to figure out if what they think they would like do is the right fit for them.

A second extremely influential factor in this process of a person realizing their professional purpose are the new ideas that they are exposed to when they start college. I know that college was a big step for me right after I graduated high school, as it is for many other students, because of the new people and ideas that I came into contact with everyday.  Although this can be a fairly terrifying experience for freshmen students, it is these new ideas and experiences that will shape their beliefs, personality, and desires. College also challenges students essentially everyday through the courses it offers, which is in my opinion, the best way to make someone better at something, no matter what it is.


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