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Switchingpathsaftercollege:atwhatpointdothecostsoutweighthebenefits?Ifitismydream,doesbeingpragmaticevenmatter?

Anne E. Kim
2y New York City, NY, United States Conversation

If you read my previous posts, I've been doing a lot of personal thinking about opportunities and risks. Ever since my freshman Intro to Economic Reasoning, I've been pondering about the concept of opportunity costs. 

An opportunity cost is the total cost that is taken into account when you do or don't pursue something. 

In life, we experience opportunity costs at almost every breathing moment. We dictate our time and it is, in my opinion, the most powerful ability humans have. 

In college, opportunity costs present themselves at what it feels like every moment. Study for a test or catch up with a friend? Eat a burger or stick to a salad? Study abroad or stay in state?

What about completely switching career paths after college?


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  • Heather Strickland

    Hi Annie, what kind of reflections all these posts have given you?

    Hi Annie, what kind of reflections all these posts have given you?

    • Anne E. Kim
      2y ago New York City, NY, United States

      Hi Heather, 

      It's a very complicated thing to reflect on. I feel extremely torn because i've come so far in my career in economics but at the cost of my happiness. That's a hard to thing to admit. I want to reconcile my decision to pursue economics with my passion for media by trying to find a space where these things overlap. I recently applied to business positions in production and media that could help amalgamate my interests in both things. This has been my answer. Just allowing myself to get out my thoughts on what I truly like has helped immensely in providing me incentive to simply reach out and gain resources to do this. I thank this post and Mogul for providing me the space to do so! I highly recommend if you're feeling this type of way to put your thoughts out into the universe and see what comes back in return. 

      Hi Heather, 

      It's a very complicated thing to reflect on. I feel extremely torn because i've come so far in my career in economics but at the cost of my happiness. That's a hard to thing to admit. I want to reconcile my decision to pursue economics with my passion for media by trying to find a space where these things overlap. I recently applied to business positions in production and media that could help amalgamate my interests in both things. This has been my answer. Just allowing myself to get out my thoughts on what I truly like has helped immensely in providing me incentive to simply reach out and gain resources to do this. I thank this post and Mogul for providing me the space to do so! I highly recommend if you're feeling this type of way to put your thoughts out into the universe and see what comes back in return. 

  • Ellen velvet
    2y ago

    This should not be an issue.

    This should not be an issue.

  • mka
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    2y ago New York, NY, United States

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  • mka
    mka
    2y ago New York, NY, United States

    I saw this piece on the trending page and thought of your question! https://onmogul.com/stories/a-case-for-quitting-the-job-you-hate

    I saw this piece on the trending page and thought of your question! https://onmogul.com/stories/a-case-for-quitting-the-job-you-hate

  • Linda Cooper
    2y ago

    Yes you can always switch between career paths after college. This said, the best will. The best will be to think twice before settling for a career path - and before college!

    Yes you can always switch between career paths after college. This said, the best will. The best will be to think twice before settling for a career path - and before college!

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    2y ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi Anne! I think it's important to note you can definitely switch career paths...and still return to your original path or goal later. A lot of my friends, including myself, have taken paths we never thought we would. But note that your career is always evolving based on how your goals change, life circumstances, etc. It's great to explore new things and to know that nothing is set in stone. That advice has helped me a lot and I hope it will help you too!

    Hi Anne! I think it's important to note you can definitely switch career paths...and still return to your original path or goal later. A lot of my friends, including myself, have taken paths we never thought we would. But note that your career is always evolving based on how your goals change, life circumstances, etc. It's great to explore new things and to know that nothing is set in stone. That advice has helped me a lot and I hope it will help you too!

    • Bethany Heinrich
      Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
      2y ago New York, NY, United States

      For instance, I have a friend who went into tech for a bit, she sold her company, and is now returning to her original goal of directing. She needed a break from the entertainment industry, and once she sold her company, she was prepared in multiple ways to enter back into the field she originally dreamt of. In speaking with her, she's very happy now she took the break and it's given her a new appreciation for the directing world.

      For instance, I have a friend who went into tech for a bit, she sold her company, and is now returning to her original goal of directing. She needed a break from the entertainment industry, and once she sold her company, she was prepared in multiple ways to enter back into the field she originally dreamt of. In speaking with her, she's very happy now she took the break and it's given her a new appreciation for the directing world.

  • Catherine Atherton

    Thank you so much for sharing Anne!! I can relate to this piece in so many ways- not only because I was never into the finance lifestyle but also because I too felt pressured to follow the career paths that were popular and not truly what I wanted to do. That being said, I think it is most important to find something that is interesting to YOU because afterall, you will be the one doing it. Also, my mom always told me that if you can find a career that you truly enjoy doing and are passionate about than it hardly even feels like "work" which I think is great advice and something everyone in college can consider.  Although that's much easier said than done, I think the fact that you are even expressing these thoughts is a good sign! Also, so awesome to hear about your love for film and photography...I'd love to see some of your work on Mogul! :) 

    Thank you so much for sharing Anne!! I can relate to this piece in so many ways- not only because I was never into the finance lifestyle but also because I too felt pressured to follow the career paths that were popular and not truly what I wanted to do. That being said, I think it is most important to find something that is interesting to YOU because afterall, you will be the one doing it. Also, my mom always told me that if you can find a career that you truly enjoy doing and are passionate about than it hardly even feels like "work" which I think is great advice and something everyone in college can consider.  Although that's much easier said than done, I think the fact that you are even expressing these thoughts is a good sign! Also, so awesome to hear about your love for film and photography...I'd love to see some of your work on Mogul! :) 

    • Rebecca
      2y ago New York, NY, United States

      I like your mom's advice. It is so true!

      I like your mom's advice. It is so true!


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