“What do you want to do for a living?”

Worst question in the world, right?

What job do you want? Who knows? Odds are, you don’t. Odds are, a lot of people in their 30s and 40s still don’t have an answer to that question.

The thing is – there’s a good chance that for you, the answer doesn’t even exist.

This isn’t the old days when people could decide to enter a field, learn the skills, do that thing for a couple decades, and retire. Today, people end up in fields they never dreamed they’d be in, doing jobs they never would have expected. What’s more, many of these fields and jobs didn’t even exist when they went to school. So how could they have known? How could they have prepared? How would someone ever know the right steps to take for a future that has yet to come into being?

What do you want to do for a living? Face it. The question doesn’t even matter anymore.

The good news is, you have access to tools and programs designed to broaden your thinking, teach you how to respond to new challenges, and to adapt to an ever-changing landscape of career choices and pathways. Career exploration in the modern world isn’t so much a question of “what jobs are out there?” or “how do I become a…?” as it is “how can I train myself to be valuable?” We advocate developing a set of progressive, general competencies that allow you to adapt to the workforce in an unpredictable future.

And hey, if you’re one of the lucky ones who knows exactly what they want to do – more power to you! Having a tangible goal is a wondrous thing. But even established fields move and change in today’s world. I’m pretty sure first grade teachers didn’t plan on teaching via virtual classrooms for half of the past school year. Or that vodka distilleries planned on manufacturing hand sanitizer. Even if you know where you want to be, learning how to think critically, adapt, plan, and respond to the realities of life are necessary skills. They are developed through years of experience, education, culture, and social awareness.

If you’re looking at a gap year after high school, that’s where your focus should be. Career exploration, career preparation, and building your skills for the future, all through the process of expanding yourself as a person. We hope to see you there