I graduated from college with a degree in advertising, a minor in journalism, and a concentration in new media. There was no doubt that I was going to work in some sort of communications role. At the time, I had no idea what. All I knew is I wanted to work in the non profit field and I kind of just went from there.
While my degree was intentional, I felt I knew how to write and advertising would be a decent field to work in. My career path has not been intentional. I’ve seriously just been flying by the seat of my pants the last 6 years. I took my first job at a non profit because I sort of knew that’s what I wanted, and there I learned I needed to work at a much bigger company. And then I took my next job and swore I’d never move up in the role because I hated media relations. Yet I still ended up becoming a director.
When I got laid off and thrown back into job searching, I felt I had a better idea of what I wanted to do. I wanted to work in communications, I wanted to write, and I didn’t want to do PR. And now somehow I’ve gone from nonprofit to a medical non profit to medical publishing.
Weird how it kind of all puzzle pieced itself together.
BUT if I had just decided to completely throw away my degree, which who knows one day I might, I think I’d want to be an esthetician. I’m pretty self conscious about the way I look so I like learning about things that make me look better and I think I’d enjoy helping other people look their best. I don’t know what it is about the job, but most estheticians I meet just give me good vibes.
OR I’d throw it all out the window and I would work at a movie theater again. I have no idea why, but I have this insane life fantasy to just stop working corporate/full time and go back to the job I had when I was 16. It was so low pressure, all the job roles were easy to understand, and the people were fun to work with. We’re definitely not going to talk about how I would barely be able to support myself with a job like that.
SO what would you do? If you decided to do something completely different from your current job, what would it be? What was your degree and did you stick to it? And lastly, should my 5 year plan include becoming ticket ripper at a movie theater?