The battle between your heart and head
I very often think of what I’ve achieved so far at 25, but very rarely do I think that’s it, I’m happy now. There’s so much more that I want to do, and although I’m only at the beginning of what I hope will be a successful career in performance analysis, I still have goals within in music, fashion as well as a number of other things, who’s to say it isn’t possible to do all three and more simultaneously (you’d hate to see my bucket list)?
When you’re in school and are advised to start thinking of a career, the majority will always choose something that will pay a good wage before you think how is this going to help me enjoy my life? Remember, this is probably when you’re 16. Don’t get me wrong, some will decide and successfully see those plans through and also be happy, but I can’t actually count those that I know on one hand. Maybe that’s just my world? Might it be best to have a number of baskets you can put your eggs in to? Retirement age for this generation is 67 after all, that’s a long time to spend in one industry. You spend perhaps 10 years in school studying a number of subjects, but then have to make a decision in less than two. In the last two or three years I’ve found that I’m interested in so many of the subjects I despised at school, simply because I’ve been given the opportunity to delve deeper in to them. Maybe I just had a poor career advisor.
A friend recently told me a story about deciding on what he wanted to do at university. He’s always been a very intelligent guy, but at the same time very artistic, perhaps more so. His dad had always wanted to go to art school, and his mum had always wanted to study law. But neither went on to do those things. They both rubbed off on him very well, and he had his dad in one ear gently pushing him towards a career in art, taking him to the open days and meeting very good artists that were making a healthy living out of it. All the while his mum is leaving law school prospectuses by his bed side, and hiding the art school info. It all came down to risk. He knew that he could go in to law and job prospects would always be there, whereas art would require a bit of luck. Now put yourself in his shoes at 16–17. Which would you choose? He chose law, graduated two years ago, and spends all his spare time painting, a lot of which is commisioned. It’s worked out very well for him, but how many people get this opportunity? The other factor could be, how many are capable?
My other question is, why do we have to be so decisive so early? Today, by the age of 23 you’ll likely be in a limited form of what you first thought your career was going to include and be in a large amount of debt trying to get there. I just don’t think we’re given the opportunity to concentrate on a number of fields at 16, and are able to explore. I want to see more work based learning at younger ages, personally. That’s probably for another blog post, though.
How many statements have you seen recently about being open to the idea of a career change, encouraging it even, the majority aiming for the mid 30's crew? I also wonder how many of those that do make that decision are not only wealthier, but more importantly, happier? Is it necessary to think of it as a career change? Can we include our new passion in to our current lifestyle, to not only add to our financial wealth, but to our happiness. I very often find that I can incorporate many skills from different industries in to each other.
Some might think that I’m in a constant battle with my heart and head, but I just try and keep them both satisfied. So far, neither have given up hope on me.
P.S I’ll try and focus my next blog entry on actual analysis, there’s plenty of thoughts in me.