I would like to comment on what I perceive to be a paradoxical moment in life; Career choice.
I am 21 years old, just graduated from business school with a bachelor of commerce (Marketing focus) in Canada. I am now set free in the world to make impossibly large decisions in terms of what to do with my life.
Do I pursue marketing positions where I will do things I am not particularly interested in?
Do I pursue being an artist, which I don't see as a viable job choice?
Do I have a purpose? Do I have to have one?
What makes one happy? Money or doing what one loves? Can a man be happy in poverty? Does one even ought to be happy at work?
Work is work after all. Maybe we are not owed to love what we do. I don't think anyone loves accounting, but somebody has to do it. In this economically volatile world I would be lucky to even get my office job even though I have great marks and some ok experience.
When I was younger I was so much more dreamy. I felt like wealth was my destiny, happiness was a given. But I am older now, graduated, and dreaming doesn't work as well. I am so much better now at art, at responsibility, cooking, networking, dressing. But it just doesn't seem good enough anymore. Whereas before I was such a dreamer that I could lift off straight into the clouds, now I can't find any evidence to believe. I just feel too old for all that, too smart perhaps? I can't feel like I know enough to make my career decisions.
The paradox is, how could such important decisions fall into the hands of people most unequipped to make them? How could people as young as me even make a call? We know nothing, yet we must decide what course to take for the rest of our lives. Hardly seems like a formula for making a good choice.
If only we could live out our lives, and THEN make a decision. That would make more sense I reckon. Only then I will be equipped with what is required to solve these questions. But in reality, by then, I will have already made my choice, be it right or wrong.
Anyways, tomorrow I am going to a Pepsi recruitment session for a marketing position. I think I do wish to get the job. It will give me a bit of a purpose, which maybe be what I seek at the moment. Maybe I am ready to shed the feeling that I am special, that I will be famous, and that I can shake the world. Maybe I understand now how replaceable I am...
How were your decisions made about your careers? How did you feel? Were you confident? Just share some thoughts on the subject.
(I would like to mention that I am not experiencing any sadness or dismay here. Just confusion and a lack of direction. I am not complaining)