I was a weird kid. When I was young, I couldn’t wait to turn 28. Most kids are usually fixated on their sweet 16 but 28 was the most important age to me. I felt like this was the age where you had everything figured out and you knew exactly where your life was going. I’m 28 today and I don’t even know what I want to do for a living. And I’m totally cool with that.
Some people my age have it all figured out. These people went to university knowing exactly what they wanted to do, landed a job in their field after graduation, and are now climbing up the ranks. I see my friends sporting titles on LinkedIn like Director and Senior Executive and it’s so impressive to me that they’ve really established themselves in their industry. They’ll keep climbing, gaining more skills and experience, and working towards that next promotion.
As for myself, I have a great job. I work in communications and while the material isn’t all that interesting sometimes, I get to write, design, and do creative things. I enjoy what I do and though I’m certainly not close to making bucket loads of money, my salary is enough to live comfortably. There are good days and bad at work but it’s not soul draining like many other office jobs can be.
I have a good job but it’s not what I want to do forever. I don’t actually know what I want to do forever because I’m fine taking on any job that will give me the time, energy, and resources to focus on the things that matter the most to me. I don’t want a job that leaves me feeling drained by the time I come home or turns me into a family-neglecting workaholic. My job is not a priority to me – it’s just a means to an end. My real priorities are my family and friends, my health, and doing the things that I truly enjoy, my passions in life. What I’m doing for work essentially doesn’t matter because it’s not something I prioritize. I’m fine with my job right now and if a cool new opportunity presents itself, then I’ll think about pursuing it even if it has nothing to do with communications. I’m a career floater, going from one opportunity to the next, wherever the wind takes me.
There are some people that are extremely career-focused and dream about the corner office and 6-figure paycheques. I’ve come to realize that I’m just not that type of person. It doesn’t mean I’m not driven or don’t have any goals for myself. If you ask me “Where do you see yourself in 5, 10 years?”, I’d tell you I see myself with a family, with a dog (obviously), exploring the world, pursuing whatever interest is interesting to me at that time, and crossing more things off my bucket list. As far as career goes, I see myself in whatever job allows me to enjoy and do all those things above.
Do you know what you want to do for the rest of your working life? Is career an important element in your life?