There are a lot of things I want to do in this life. When it comes to career goals, it’s actually kind of really difficult for me to decide on just one thing, something I can see myself being successful at and happy doing. I flip flop on what I want to do all the time, if I’m envisioning my future being in one place constantly… however, when I think of possible career goals while spending a big part of my life traveling, it is so much easier to say what I want to do, things I feel I would be successful at and happy doing.
Something I am slowly beginning to realize… when you make such a big decision with your life, something that will definitely turn it around a complete 180 degrees, trying to make it something you never dreamed possible, plans you had tend to change in ways you didn’t really expect them to.
A few months prior to me making this decision to see the world, I decided to return to school. I quickly decided to stick with math, which was my original major back when I started going to college in 2008. I chose it for the simple reason that that’s where the jobs are, and even if I can’t find a “real job,” at least I would be qualified to tutor, which will bring in some money. Also it’s something I’m good at, I don’t have to second guess whether it’s right for me or not. Nowadays, it feels like I’m only sticking with it because it’s a safety net of sorts. It’s kind of ironic that I’m holding on to the safety net so tightly even though my goal for the future is to step far out of my comfort zone, where there won’t be much of a safety net to cling onto.
Not that long after meeting with a counselor, I learned that the college I would be attending now offers a few different programs for photography, and I thought maybe I’d go for the Certificate of Achievement in Professional Photo along with the Math AS. A fair balance between something I’m going for simply because it has outlook and something I’m going for because I actually want it.
The more I think about it, the more I tend to reconsider everything. I mean, why am I still considering the math degree when it’s not really applicable with the direction my life will be heading after college? And it’s not even like math and photography compliment each other at all.
So, with all that in mind, I am actually considering backing out of the math degree completely, going for the AS in Professional Photo rather than the CA, and going for a couple certificates in Business that will compliment the Photo AS pretty well, I mean, chances are if I’m going to become a photographer on any professional level, chances are I’m gonna want to make a self-run business out of it one day.
Of course, this is just a current train of thought. I don’t know if I will actually back out of the math major, even if it does make sense. Although, knowing it will take less time to complete school if I go with the new plan and, therefore, less time before my first big adventure… it is very tempting.
I have one big goal for myself, when I hit the road. Well, actually I have a lot of goals… but one of the biggest is to make something for myself. Build my own career that I can do at any time, anywhere. Something that doesn’t have me nailed down to one place forever. Let’s be honest, with today’s economy and job market, building my own career would probably be easier than finding something better than what I currently have. Math just doesn’t fit with any of my on-the-go career goals.
When something isn’t working for you, sometimes you have to change it up, make something out of nothing, something that will work for you. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t… but if you never try, you will never know.