Updated: Dec 12, 2018
Not everyone knows what they want to do when they grow up. Once you realise becoming a princess or an astronaut might be out of the question, some of us are unsure what it is we actually want to do for our careers and futures.
It's not that you don't have passions or interests, it might even be because you have too many and how can you limit yourself to just one? Or maybe if you're a young adult carer and have been caring for a while, and you're just not sure what's out there for you or where to even begin.
What brings you joy?
Okay, so this sounds a little silly, but seriously - what makes you happy? No matter how small, think about it now. Is it taking your dog for a walk? Caring for your little brother or sister? Dancing to your favourite song, or cooking a great meal?
What are you good at?
Sometimes it seems hard to think about what your good at, but when you really think about it, there are probably loads of things in your life you do that you're actually pretty great at! Maybe you're a good listener and good at giving advice? Maybe you're responsible and happy to take charge of things, maybe your great with children?
What is important to you?
Young adult carers are often incredibly empathetic, sensitive and friendly people by nature. Your caring role might just seem like something you just 'do', but it gives you a lot more skills than you might think. Perhaps you're incredibly patient and love helping people learn a new skill, or maybe making sure people are healthy and have home-cooked meals is important to you.
Mix them all together -
If you can go down a path that incorporates something you love or something that brings you joy, something you are good at, and something that's important to you, you're sure to find a career that's perfect for you. But of course, if you're still unsure, that's okay too.
Try volunteering, or starting a hobby you've always wanted to try - finding your calling might be closer than you think.
Do you have any tips for those struggling with finding their calling in life? Or maybe you were in the same boat once and you'd like to share your story? Comment down below!
Or if you would like help with university applications, or help to get started with volunteering, contact Carer Support Wiltshire on 0800 181 4118.