When I was in college, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. So someone handed me that infamous book What Color is Your Parachute? and I thought “Finally, this is it. I’m going to figure this all out now”.
I was a Business Administration major, which was lame to begin with. What the hell does Business Administration mean anyway? It’s like this universal catch-all bucket. Doesn’t everyone who doesn’t become a doctor end up working at a business? Even a non-profit is a business at the end of the day. So why bother majoring in it? You aren’t special by doing it (although that’s what I thought). I’ll talk more about choosing your Major in a different post.
But anyway, that was the major I chose, even though I had no idea what it meant when translated into the real world. What would a Marketing person actually do? What does an Investment Banker do? It sounded so sexy.
In addition, my college has one of the best Accounting programs in the country. So an oddly ridiculous amount of people that go there end up wanting to be Accountants. (Weird, I know). Since my deceased dad was an Accountant and I wanted to follow in his legacy, I signed up too. Until I realized what Accountants actually did. That’s when I dropped down to the more generic “Business Administration Major” Bucket.
The problem is, when you are 22, nobody is going to hire you to “Administer their Business”. They will hire you to be a cog in their wheel and push paperwork. It took me 10+ years to realize I didn’t want to be a cog in anyone’s wheel, and this blog is dedicated to all the folks that feel similarly.
This doesn’t mean you have to go out and become a solo-entrepreneur. It just means I started this blog to help people not get lost in the shuffle. We live in the information age. The internet has SO much information available, it’s almost like we have no excuse for not knowing all the career options and paths like our counterparts from the pre-internet days. However, the problem is that there is often too much information out there, and it’s so confusing. Plus, every site or book has it’s own motivations; it’s hard to get the real honest truth. And that’s where I want to help.
You can get yourself a copy of What Color Is Your Parachute? and do all the exercises. By all means, go do that. But I just don’t see how we are expected to figure out what career is right for us without knowing, in deep detail, what we’ll be doing on a daily basis and what the pros and cons of said profession is. What Color Is Your Parachute?, and all the other career self-help books, don’t give you that. Actually, nothing can really give you that without the good old method of trial & error. However, if you are short on time and really want the inside scoop of what it’s like to work in a particular profession, then start visiting my site and reading the stories. As a 5+ time career switcher, I’ve already been there and done that for you. And if I haven’t worked in the specific industry you are considering, then I know somebody who has and can get you the insight you need.
That’s the goal of this blog, to aim to give you as much real practical insight as possible without having to waste the time going down one career path, only to realize later that you have to make a major U-turn.
So go get your career books and give them a read. But if you are still lost, hit me up anytime. I’m here ready to help.