Hello there! I really don't mean to bother you but I was hoping you could tell me how you ended up at your job. I'm currently stuck in a rut career wise and could use some advice on finding something I actually enjoy. Thanks for being rad!
Stay in school. Eat your vegetables. Do as I say, not as I do.
That having been said, I got my job via dumb luck and recklessness.
As a kid, I bounced between wanting to be an opera singer, a historian, a librarian, or a taxidermist, even though all of my teachers fiercely encouraged me to pursue poetry and theatrical costuming; my father wanted me to be a physicist, and my mother wanted me to be a mortician.
I had interest in all of these areas and I was a GIFTED CHILD so, naturally, when it came time to pick a career, I said, “Fuck it!” and became a birthday party clown and did elaborate poetry readings for friends.
When my boss wanted to start her company, she approached me due to my independent success as a juggler and storyteller, and I said, “Sounds neat,” and now I do exactly what I was already doing, only now I have more money and less time to play video games. So, you know, plusses and minuses.
I’ll eventually finish up my Library Science stuff, but for now, I’m paying my bills and going to therapy and trying to do one thing a day that makes me happy, which is pretty good.