Imagine you’ve never played baseball before, but you’re interested in learning how to hit. You go to minor league games and watch ESPN. You buy a bat and practice your batting stance in your apartment. You find YouTube videos on hitting mechanics.
When you trot off to the batting cages you’re feeling pretty confident that you know what you’re doing.
That first day you don’t hit a single ball.
While you’ve imagined playing baseball for a while, you’ve never actually done it before.
You’re going to have to learn how to do it by taking a bunch of swings. Not all of them will be amazing hits.
Consider your career in terms of learning to bat.
You won’t figure out your ideal career by staying at home perusing job sites imagining what would be best. It often takes a number of real data points, a number of swings, until you figure out your sweet spot. Similarly, for first time job hunters, learning the process of interviewing and working full time can take a bit of practice too.
Know that you don’t have to hit a homerun with any single career attempt. Get out there and swing, and then keep swinging, until you figure it out.