In this episode we will try to recall the moments in our lives when we made a decision about future profession. And why we did that decision. I will share my idea, why it’s bad to limit yourself with the profession you educated for. You are not obliged to do what you studied for till the rest of your life. It’s possible and it’s useful to switch!
What you’ll discover
- What is profession and why do we need it
- How did I choose my profession, and how did you?
- Social classic path to become a specialist and my thoughts about it
- Limits of the common profession selection flow
- My experience of trying different roles and professions
- Why it is useful to switch when you are an adult
- Some of you do have a proper education. While others obtain this or that qualification because of some circumstances. But have you ever tried to find what is the point about the profession? And why do we need it?
- In my opinion, the profession is an obstacle if your goal is to be happy.
- The first idea of occupation in my life was probably in kindergarten. Then I decided that I want to be a firefighter. Of course, I wasn’t aware of all those drawbacks of that profession. But I really liked the idea of handling all the equipment, of being such a useful person and doing something that matters to others.
- I have decided that I like working with computers, so my future should be connected to IT. It was the 10th grade of a secondary school and I was 16 years old. Did I have enough life experience to make that decision? I doubt it. But it was a generic approach and, as I said, classic social framework.
- Can you recall your own way how you decided, where should you go to study? What kind of education did you need? And was it informed decision at all?
- If you are an employee or self-employed person, you spend at least one-third of the whole life on the job, based on your profession. And all that comes from the decision made in the teenage period.
- In most cases, teenagers decide to choose an occupation based on their parent’s preferences. And it doesn’t matter if the teenager likes that discipline or not.
- Remembering what was your case in making a decision about your future profession, try to recall did you really liked it? Didn’t you have any other interests? Any activities that you were happy to be involved in?
- We all know that there is a clear path. The school helps us to touch different industries and based on that we can make a decision where do we want to work and what college we should go. Then we know that if we would be learning hard enough, we will get a good stable job and will be able to make for a living, to buy a car, a house, to be able to feed the family. And this is how happy life looks like. And this approach works. In case if you live in times of your grandma.
- It is ineffective to use approaches that we’ve been using for two hundred years. Why don’t you use a telegraph or steam engine? There are better ways to achieve the same result. And that’s why we should reconsider our classic life path.
- When we are making decisions in school, then going to a college and then having a happy life with a single profession – it is the classic path to become a specialist. But does it makes us happy? I don’t think so. It limits us too much.
- We are not prepared to make a final decision being 14 or 16 years old. What do we know about life when we are at that age? Almost nothing. Compare yourself now and yourself from secondary school. Those are two different personalities.
- By watching “How it’s made” on the Discovery channel, you will explore much more interesting things than in school.
- We have such a small chance to make a decision about our future profession being in secondary school.
- You are not obliged to make a decision about your profession in your 16 or 20. It is just a starting point in exploring the world and other people’s lives. Then, after seeing enough, you would be able to choose a proper one like a dish in the restaurant with an extensive and diverse menu.
- You are not obliged to anyone to stick to one profession. Not to your parents or your spouse, or to the all-seeing society and monthly bills. You deserve to be happy. Not only when the work is over and your relatives are sleeping so you can deal with your hobby smoothly. But during the day, being yourself and doing what you like to do.
- Having so many troubles and adventures in my past I was much more confident that I would be able to sell myself to almost any IT-company in my city.
- Would I have changed something in my past? Having all the information and experience that I have right now? I don’t think so. I like my experience. Thanks to it I became a new person.
The task for the next week
- Please, answer those questions:
- How have you come to the current situation? How the decision was made? (I mean your current profession)?
- How did you decide where to study and who to be?
- Have you had dreams to be someone else?
- How long you want to continue working in currents sphere?
- How often do you feel that it’s enough or did you hate the days like that? Do you wait for your weekends?
- After answering those questions imagine the world when you have no limits of changing your current profession. Imagine that you can be whoever you want to be. And to be that person you don’t need to spend additional time, obtain specific diploma and companies are ready to take you on that position. Of course with initial help and supervision from senior coworkers. In that world whom do you want to be?
- Next step is to compare your current situation and that imagine the world. If there is a big difference, then don’t tell yourself that everything is alright and you are happy. Because this is the gap between you and happier you.
This task is to warm up your imagination. To let those dreams come back to you. So after that, you will be more open to finding the opportunities to change your current state. You shouldn’t live your job tomorrow, but understanding where you want to go you can start preparing your plan and doing your homework for those changes in your life.