When I was at school a few decades ago, I was ushered in to see the careers advisor. I think they call them Connexions or something.
So the lady asked me what I would like to do as a career. I clearly explained I would like to go into journalism, love for the English language, somewhere close to home.
This was followed by a heap of questions and in summary, she announced that a course in town and country planning in Edinburgh would be most suitable! I live in the South of England.
This woman, in my opinion, single-handedly cost me 25 years of doing what I truly love and have some degree of talent in, no matter how small.
Admittedly if I had felt strongly enough, I would have ignored her and followed my dream. But hey, at 15 I was vulnerable and easily led, (a phrase popular with my teachers who used to like to scatter it amongst my report cards – meanies!) So from that point forward with my mind filled with doubt and indecision I saw little point in going to university to study a random subject I had no interest in. I spent the next 25 years meandering from job to job, industry to industry, constantly searching for “my thing”.
I can boast over 25 jobs including, bank clerk, help desk administrator, travel agent (didn’t last a week), sales administrator, training co-ordinator, marketing assistant, customer service advisor, quality assistant, receptionist, swimming instructor and many more. I would learn a job and quickly become bored and move on. I even did this within one company and was nick named “the serial job seeker!”
None of them quite “flicked my switch” as I would say. None of them until now. After being encouraged to start my own blog Toddstars Tales, I can safely say I have found my thing! And now I am lucky enough to be writing for you here at Work Your Way doing what I love best.
But you know I wont dismiss those 25 years as wasted time. In those years I met my husband and we have had two wonderful children (take note this is probably the only time I will be so gushing about them) ….and all those jobs??? Those jobs are my life experience and have armed me and insight and knowledge into a whole host of professions and industries, which now I am a writer, enable me to write about just about anything!
So although I have just about come full circle from 25 years ago, the main thing is I got there in the end… and here I am!
Not found your thing yet? Don’t panic, you will and probably when you least expect it.