The idea behind this part of the blog is that I’ll conduct interviews with people who seem to have a clue what they’re doing with their lives, and actually ask the 10 questions that you want to hear if you’re interested in doing what they’re doing. These guys do not have it all sorted- but it would be useless to look at someone who’s super successful and graduated from uni 10 years ago when the conditions for getting a job were totally different. Our attitude towards work and careers has changed, and the routes into jobs have shifted. So these people are a similar age but seem to have more of a clue than the rest of us and seem to be doing pretty well. Hopefully it will be easier to bridge the gap between where they are and where you are so you can picture yourself getting there.
I’ve deliberately called this menu ‘I want to …’ which will then be followed by ‘act,’ ‘teach,’ ‘cook’ or whatever. Specifically, I want to will be followed by a verb. You’re not clicking on a link that says I want to BE an actor/writer/chef because I think that this is part of the problem. So much of school and university life was geared towards careers and thinking about what you wanted to be, and towards being defined by what you do. Some of the most interesting people I know aren’t defined by what they do as their job and there’s also no shame in working because it’s work and feeling truly yourself doing something else. Sometimes these things combine and that is wonderful. The issue with thinking what you want to be is that work becomes all about slotting into the system that’s already in place. Think bigger! WHO do you want to be? What do you want to DO? I hope these little interviews help give you some of the information you need and set you on the right path.
*** Wherever possible, I will try and match someone who is looking for advice for a certain career with someone I can find who is doing really well. If you are looking for advice, I will do my best to find someone to match you with and you can ask the 10 questions you need to know (so long as you don’t mind your questions being made public!) Get in touch if you have 10 questions and think you have advice to give: email firstname.lastname@example.org ***