College and Career

What’s Next?: How to Plan For Life After High School

March 1, 2016

If there is one question high school and college students are asked often, it’s this: “What do you want to do?” This inquisition could be related to where they want to go to university, their chosen major, a desired career path or what they want for dinner.


Being in college myself, this question is my least favorite, particularly because I hear it all the time and still don’t have a solid answer. Some people seem shocked to find out that I didn’t have a ten year plan set in stone by the time I graduated high school. They say, “Well, you better figure it out!” Or there are those who look sympathetic and comment, “That’s OK, you have time.”


I have a number of classmates who have probably known they wanted to be a doctor, teacher or artist from the time they were five–and that’s great, but not everyone has had that same path.


However, even though I don’t have a definite plan of action at the moment, I can still explore my options and find out what interests me.


Two options for finding more information about majors and careers are using websites and school/community resources. First, some of the websites I search through are:




In addition to these online resources, many high schools and colleges have on campus resources available such as a college and career center (or what some colleges call “Career Services”), advisers, and career exploration classes.


Spending time looking into resources and considering possibilities can be helpful, but also remember to pray about what God has planned for the current moment and what is up ahead. Rushing and worrying will not answer the questions we are asking. At the end of the day, He knows what is best for each of us and it will be better than anything we could come up with on our own.


“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-9 NIV


“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”

-Proverbs 16:9 NIV




About the Writer:

joyedwards Joy is a college student from Arizona. Her major is undecided, but she enjoys sports, photography, learning about different cultures, and spending time with friends and family. She is also Christian and volunteers with her church.



  1. Naomi Downing

    March 2, 2016 at 7:16 pm Reply

    The funny thing is, if it were 100% up to me I’d have a ten year plan! God has other plans though, so like you said– I pray about it. 🙂 A great article!

  2. Sarah T

    March 4, 2016 at 7:44 am Reply

    Great insight! That is definitely me too – not having a clue where I’m going. Only recently, in my last year of college have I felt called to do something, but even before that, I felt uncomfortable not knowing what God would do with my life, but also excited! 🙂

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