As little children we're daunted with the task of deciding the career we'll work in for the rest of our lives. The idea is fun when we're young. But as we get older, the realization that we'll spend most of our lives in one career haunts us. At age 18 we're expected to have decided and go off to college to begin training.
If you're younger than 18, the idea of your future career is probably still exciting. If you're older than 25, you're probably in the career you'll be in for the rest of your life. (That's not a statistic; it's my own personal observation). But if you're 18-25, you're beginning to realize that sticking to one career for the next 35-50 years sucks.
So today, instead of teaching you how to choose a career, I'm going to list the highlights of experimenting with many different job fields:
1) Giving yourself options
It's difficult for an 18-year-old to know what career they want to have when they're 45. When you spend time in multiple different job fields, you give yourself time to decide. You don't have to be stuck in one career for your entire life. For me, at least, that feeling of options is exhilarating.
2) Not feeling trapped
When you're stuck in one job that you don't like, you can feel trapped. But you don't have to limit yourself. By changing careers, you gain a sense of freedom. You remind yourself that you control in the direction your life takes, not your boss or your job.
3) Making yourself desirable
Bosses like people that stand out from the crowd. When you change careers, you bring over skills from your previous job that no other application in your current field can provide. You make yourself desirable. So when you do finally settle on a career, you make your chances of getting that job extremely high.
4) Living a more fulfilling life
I hear everyone that I know complaining about their job. The person can be 20 or 50, but I don't know that many people that are honestly satisfied with their current career. However, I believe that if all of these people took the time in their 20's to explore multiple career paths, they would be in a job now that they love. So instead of feeling stuck or trapped, make your life more fulfilling. Take your time in choosing a career. Although you have pressure coming from every direction, there's really no reason for you not to explore and live the life that you want.
The only conclusion I have for you today is: chase your dream job. And when the dream job changes, chase the new one too. Take your time. There's no rush in picking the career you'll have for the rest of your life.