Career Passions

Written by Suzanne Graham

Finding out which career you want to pursue in the future can be daunting. It can be an extremely difficult choice to make for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you have to follow the path that your parents set out for you, what you want to do isn’t easily lade out in a degree plan, or you’re passionate about so many things that you don’t know where to start let alone pick. Entering college, that was something I struggled with. Nothing I was passionate about guaranteed a stable living making my mom fear my choices, but at the same time I wasn’t even set on a particular degree anyways since I found it difficult to choose just one path. They all either seemed too enticing or too boring.

Even up until a couple months ago, after I had been in Grad school for about a year, I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I was mainly pursuing career that I knew I enjoyed doing, but for some reason it never got me excited to get me out of bed in the morning. Now, though, I feel as though I have learned something vital that other people might be able to learn from as well:

You don’t have to choose just one thing. All your passions, even what you enjoying doing on your spare time, they can all come together for the perfect career opportunity. It just might not present itself right away, but I promise that there is that one job out there if you want to find it.

Why this particular revelation? Well, first of all I feel like I’m feeding into the whole societal standard by writing this post, which I always make a point to stand against. So, I just want to point out that finding a career path shouldn’t be the most important thing. Ever. There are more important things than finding the perfect career. A job is only meant to get you money for survival and pleasure. However, if you are one of those people that can’t settle for any sort of career path, but have to be in one that speaks to your inner depths, then you’re the one I am speaking to when I say it’s out there.

What I have always wanted out of life was to travel. Sadly, you need a bit of money to be able to do that… So, I figured since I have to work *rolls eyes* (just joking), I want to do something I’m going to enjoy in the long term. But that was always easier said than done until recently!

I’m currently pursuing a master’s in English Literature and I thought I was going to end up working with books because I am a HUGE reader. For perspective, I can consume them like no tomorrow. Those are my children. But after watching a Disney documentary, I found out that I could also enter the entertainment industry with the degree and I haven’t been the same since. Especially these past few days because I found out that Pixar has applications for internships currently open and I am dying to apply. Anyway, I got slightly off course. Growing up, Pixar movies were always a hit after hit and I was practically raised by Disney, so the thought that I could be even a small part in creating animation films for future generations? Absolutely phenomenal!

Only one small problem. To work in the production of the animation’s story line, I would more than likely need to learn how to do storyboarding. And I have no professional background in drawing. In short, I would be going up against a lot of people who do. That isn’t so bad in my opinion though. It would just be another encouragement to learn since it’s a bar I would be challenged to meet. I have already started working really hard on learning how to do story building. I’m investing quite a bit in materials to help out. Therefore, I can do the same for my drawing skills.

I already do have a background with drawing though. I’ve enjoyed it as a hobby growing up as I decided to do some projects on the side for fun. Therefore, this is just me seeing all the things I’ve enjoyed coming together to create something for others to enjoy alongside me. That’s why I said that all your passions can come together to lead you for the dream career for you. Music, story building, and art are things that will help me get the job I am dying to now have. I mean, come on, imagine working for Pixar! But ask me if I saw myself like this a year ago and I’d ask if you weren’t from another universe. The path and the struggles I have gone through have led me here and I couldn’t be happier. And for those struggling, I want you to know that I’m here for you and don’t pressure yourself. Everything is guaranteed to fit itself together, just continue pursuing what you love. Keep looking, exploring, and keeping an open mind. You are for sure going to find what you’re looking for. 

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