Some people look back on their life and ask ‘How did I get here?’. That reaction is no different when people look back at their career. Maybe as a child you had a dream of being a doctor, but then you couldn’t take on the financial burden of medical school so you decided to instead work in the field as a receptionist at a doctor’s office. Then one thing led to another and you ended up working in a bank. This situation does not mean you sold out or need to be unhappy with your decisions. Your career can take lots of twists and turns. And just because you didn’t end up how you thought you would at age 10, doesn’t mean you failed.
I personally am very happy I didn’t do what I wanted to when I was 10, or even when I was 18. In college, I had an amazing market research professor who came up to me at the end of the semester and told me ‘I think you would be great at market research’. I was shocked. While I thanked him, I also told him I was interested in other fields. I laughed that compliment off and finished my college degree thinking I would go into international marketing. Little did I know that two years later, I would indeed be working in market research, and loving it. Market research is a perfect field for me. It allows me to be analytical and creative and best of all it feeds my curiosity. Ever wonder why a product is designed a certain way or why a commercial is aired? A good company did market research to come up with that product or commercial (however I will not take the blame for all bad products or commercials!). I love my job, but it took several twists, turns and adjustments to get here.
That being said, sometimes you look back and are not happy. The good news is, it is never too late to try something new! I was fortunate enough to be raised by a very brave woman who was constantly evolving. She owned a bakery when I was young and then decided she wanted to go back to school and teach. After doing that for years, she now she works at a gourmet kitchen store. Would she have expected this 20 years ago? Probably not, but she has been able to adjust and change in order to meet what she needs in her life and that’s amazing!
You life and your career are your story – make sure you are able to look back and be happy with your choices. Good luck in your journey!