Pat's Answer

I don't know what to do with my life

Your Question

I don’t know what I want to do with my life and I’m afraid of choosing the wrong job even though I’m nowhere near the time to make that decision 


Hi there, 

You are very welcome to Ask Pat today. 

From what you are telling us it sounds like you are very confused over your future and about choosing the wrong job. You have also said that you are nowhere near the time to have to make that decision.

It seems that you are thinking a lot about what path your life might take. We would believe that it is normal to feel this confusion when you are thinking about your future at a young age. However, it sounds like not knowing what you want to do is causing you a lot of stress, and we would be concerned that you are this stressed over what seems to be a decision that you do not have to make just yet.

Have you spoken to anybody at home or in school about how not knowing what you want to do is causing you such worry? You would have the right to talk to a trusted adult and to get some advice and support around your plans for the future. Do you think that this is something you could do?

Perhaps you would like to chat a little more about your situation with somebody that you do not know first. Childline is a listening service for young people who are 18 years and younger. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and if you would like to give us a call on 1800 66 66 66 one of the Team would love to chat with you. You can also text us on 50101 if you would prefer, or you can contact us online at for a web chat. Childline are here to listen, support and help you to explore the options that are available to you.  All of the services are free, non-judgemental and non-directive. We do not trace calls or use caller ID or trace IP addresses. It is a safe place for you to talk about whatever you wish.

Thank you for contacting us here at Ask Pat. We wish you the very best for the future, and hope that you get in contact with us to chat a bit more.


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