Thoughts About Careers, Marriage, and Volunteering

I have two younger sisters. One is getting ready to start her freshman year in college; the other just transferred schools and is graduating in two years. They both enjoy reading and are excellent writers, but neither is majoring in English.

After seeing the number of papers I wrote during college and how forced reading ruined books for several years, they decided to not follow in my steps.

If pressed, they would both say they are graduating with useful majors because they actually want to find a good job after college. I support them completely in the decision.

There is a Facebook group called, “I choose a major I enjoy and will one day live in a cardboard box.” I joined it in college, not realizing the harsh truth of choosing certain liberal arts degrees. While I am not living in a box, I am working as a temp, with no idea how my degree will help me.

Recently I have tried to figure out what careers I am best suited for, and could realistically enter.

During my free time when I start career fretting, I take personality tests, interest tests, look at entrance requirements for different master’s programs, and attempt to be proactive. Usually I end up more uncertain and confused.

The best response in those situations would probably be taking a deep breath and acknowledging that God is sovereign, has a plan, and has not forgotten me.

After a big sigh, I also remind myself that in two months, I will be married. My future husband chose a very practical major – engineering. He has a job in his major that he loves. By God’s grace, I do not need to work immediately after marriage.

In October, I will earn the “MRS” degree and make more money than I make with a Bachelor’s. I did not go to college to capture a man who would be the bread winner, but it happened.

So in the midst of wedding planning angst, I am trying to decide what to do for a career. The best conclusion I have come up with (after deciding there are more important things to think about right now) is…volunteer. I may not earn a dime, but I will be introduced to different people, needs, and see if any of them coincide with my interests.

I think I would get bored if I was a stay-at-home wife, so volunteering may be necessary.

Yet even while I am frustrated with the dead-end path I seem to be on, I know God has guided me. I did major in English, and it was not a mistake. Someday, I trust I will see his plan for my life. Until all is revealed, I will continue walking by faith.

For, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'…But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:27b, 31, 33-34).


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