Happy studying away a subject you actually enjoy but unsure of where it will take you? Taking time to make the right decision about your career is crucial, and it's perfectly OK if you haven't a clue what that might be, writes Jack McCann.

Truly inspiring. My only words for the One Young World (OYW) conference that was held in the Conference Centre Dublin by the Liffey between the 15th and 18th of this month. Inspirational, harrowing and amazing stories from some awe-inspiring people. One thing that I did learn some things about myself over the three days, I know I what I want to do after college.

Even if the hours are not your normal 9-5 clock in, clock out kind of job, even with the insane amount of coffee I drank, and even having to get up at 6 in the morning and walking into the bannister (more than once) didn’t put me off, I want to go into journalism after I finish college.

However, there are many students out there who don’t know what they want to do. This can be kind of worrying to some when they see their friends all seemingly heading in some kind of direction, while the only direction they themselves seem to be heading is to the bar, clueless at what they want to do with themselves for forty years.

Don’t worry.

If you think "oh crap, I’m 21, no job, no ideas, not even a glimmer of one on the horizon anytime soon", that’s perfectly OK.

This feeling of doing nothing with your life can be more evident for those of us undertaking an arts degree. While true to a certain extent for someone, often there are reasons, other than a lack of ambition, for them being the way they are.

In the 14 months or so that I have been doing my arts degree, the below conversation or something similar is something I’ve heard many times. Not only does it get extremely tedious after about the millionth time, some people can become extremely upset.

"What you studying?"


"Would you like fries with that?"

I got annoyed by those jokes by people who thought that an arts degree will get you a top job… In McDonalds but nowhere else.

Everybody has different ambitions and strengths.

Just because IT, computer science and general science sectors are hot property at the moment and seen as the big job areas of the future, doesn’t mean you should do a course in one them just to fit in and especially if you don’t want to. 

If it’s not right for you, you’re more likely to hate it after six months possibly weeks, drop out and be in an ever deeper conundrum than you before you started, as it would probably be difficult to motivate yourself to go back to college after a bad experience.

Advice is hugely important, getting it from people around you will be so helpful if you’re struggling to figure out what you’re going to do with yourself in five or ten years’ time.

Personally, I was awful at science in school, so had no intention of going anywhere near it in college. I chose arts as I took on board the advice of the guidance councillor in my old school, the advice of my parents, extended family and friends, even if they thought I may not done so at the time.

Half way through first semester one of second year, I could not be happier with my choice. For those of you out there struggling thinking are you doing the right thing or not, I’ll reiterate my main point at the age of 21 if you don’t know that’s is perfectly fine. This period of your life is the perfect time to find out more about yourself, in all facts of your life.

Some people know what they want to be from an early age, some don’t, all you have to do is find which one you are.

"You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens"- Mandy Hales