I watched this the other day and it really struck a chord with me. I don’t know how much of it is the “world constantly changing” and Gen-Y attitude perception, but I feel like the word career is more flexible than ever before.
It’s not a secret that teaching is my second career. Up until late 2008, I was working in the marketing and PR industry, at the time doing in-house brand management and PR for an up & coming FMCG company. I was young. Not in the “still a teen” way, but very much in mindset. I was tired. I’d been through a lot in the last five years, including a bout with chronic illness that I had no idea was soon to be cured. I jettisoned an extraordinarily crappy relationship, one that to this day I have no idea why I stayed so long. And looking for a change in direction in my career as well, I decided to return to university and pursue a teaching qualification.
This wasn’t the wrong decision. This is not a tale of regret I’m telling here. Above and beyond anything else, the ironic upside of what was a seriously crappy situation is that I was only working part-time when Mum was diagnosed with cancer and in hospital more than out with neutropenia. Although at times the students bring me to tears, teaching has also been an incredibly rewarding experience that has often brought me a lot of laughs. Teaching has given me some incredible experiences and some even more incredible friends. I enjoy teaching BUT…
Or maybe it’s an AND. I’m not sure. Anyway, I enjoy teaching BUT/AND I don’t know that I’ll teach forever. I might take time out and do something else and then come back to it. I might finally make use of my human resource management major. The idea of managing social media content thrills me. Or I might see some awesome hybrid job that lets me combine my love of education and marketing/PR and go “hell yes, that sounds like me” and pursue that avidly. I think it’s awesome if you are so madly in love with your dream that you can’t imagine pursuing anything else, I really do. On the other hand, I don’t think that you should beat yourself up if you are treading water with still no real idea about what you want to do when you “grow up”. And if you love your job but don’t consider it your sole identity – well, join the club, honey!
I heard somewhere that Gen-Y can expect to have up to seven careers in their lifetime. I’m only on two, so I’m definitely not going to feel guilty if at some point in the future I pursue another avenue. How about you?