The Future (RANT)

What is it with people who are ‘higher up’ than you always asking what you want to do with your life? Seriously, it’s constant! Like, why do you need to keep asking me what job I want, what university I’m going to (side note: who says I’m even going to university? I get it, I get good grades but don’t just assume I’m going to uni!), what options or courses I want to take in any form of compulsory higher education, just anything that comes from the contant queries!

Please tell me I’m not the only one always being asked what they want to do with their life? Comment below!

I’m not gonna lie, in my mind I used to pretty much have it all sorted out and planned. When I was younger, I wanted to become a vet or a chef. However, as I got older I’ve grown a hatred for science exams and lost the talent I had for cooking. Let’s be real, it’s safe to say that those two careers are most definitely not for me anymore.

Now, I’m less certain what I want to do with my life. I love travelling and desperately want a job that involves it, however, the idea of doing any job freelance scares me as you don’t know whether you’re even going to get any money that month. I’d rather work for a company in order to have a set wage and be able to securely save and budget. That unfortunately limits the amount of travel jobs I can get as most are freelance or similar. I could be an air hostess but my family are strongly against it. Still, I spend a lot of time looking into it and honestly just need an honest opinion on the job from someone working in the field.

I also love photography, video editing, web design and interior design. For the past few years I’ve wanted to be a photographer but only recently have I come to the conclusion I’d rather keep it as a hobby as once again, most travelling photographers are freelance. I’d happily become a cinematographer or video editor but it’s not a pathway I’m working towards right now. Id love to be an interior designer as I spend a lot of time designing rooms and often have friends get me to design there’s but I don’t know how possible it would be for me to get the job.

I’d love to have a location independent job where I’d be employed by a company but the location wouldn’t matter so I could travel whilst working. In this sense, I’d love to be a web designer and I have a good knowledge of things like photoshop or WordPress and I can write code (perks of loving photography and blogging and taking computing), and as long as you have your laptop you can do this anywhere. Actually, working for WordPress would be a dream job too so if anyone wants to let me know of the sort of jobs WordPress offer, hit me up lol

So, though I’m not as certain as to where my life is going as I was when I was younger, I have a vague idea of the direction I want to travel in [EDIT: that pun was probably intended]. In fact, I could probably choose courses for further compulsory education if only I had the right resources (which I don’t at this present time because I don’t have to start to choose these options for a little while). I already know half the options I’d take if I chose one pathway and have a vague idea of some courses I could go for with the other pathway so with time I can probably work the rest out!

If you’re already settled into your career, were you like this when you were younger? And if you’re in my situation at this current time, comment below so we can support each other!

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63 thoughts on “The Future (RANT)

  1. We were just talking about this idea in book club the other day—why do people ask so many questions expecting young people to know their path? A lot of reasons: bordom, genuine curiosity, but really, most forget that the truth is none of us know! Most teenagers have no idea what they want to do when they’ve only lived a fraction of their lives. That’s why a lot of people take a gap year–which is a brilliant idea–work, or travel, experience the world a little, which in itself may help you closer to a decision.
    You mentioned your family is against you air hostessing, have you researched the pros/cons of the job? If it’s something you feel strongly about–after all, it is YOUR life–maybe there’s a way you can convince them.
    Ever consider travel writing? Freelance work isn’t that bad. You just have to network, meet people, get your work out there (your blog) start taking little gigs and trust me they will build up.
    Great post. Good luck!

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    1. Yes omg! They forget what it’s like to be our age! It’s exactly why gap years can be so important!
      I have researched a lot of pros and cons about the job, I follow a bunch of air hosts blogs and read them all the time – I just worry that the career is too tiring and not worth the small pay and my family have that view too
      I wouldn’t know how to start travel writing in all honestly! I know freelance isn’t bad, it just couldn’t be something I would be able to continue for the rest of my life! I do the odd freelance photography job when I have time so I do have some experience in it ❀
      Thank you!

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  2. I actually love this post sooooo much!! I’m 32 and I still don’t know what to ‘do’ with my life! haha! Before I got married it was ‘when are you getting married?’, now i’m married it’s all ‘when are you having kids?’ – it’s just never ending!! But I think as long as your happy the rest kinda works itself out right?!?! x

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  3. Yes, it is frustrating when people ask what you want to be and what you want to do, but there is an upside to those questions. If the higher ups are asking, they probably think you’re smart and a good employee and they may be wondering if you’d be interested in learning something else or maybe another position. If nothing is available at the moment, they’ll keep it in mind for the future. It’s a way for them to see if you’d be interested or have the skills. Also, it’s a form of networking which is a great way to find a job. I found my current job from someone with who I used to do volunteer work several years ago and in our conversations, I talked about what I do. Then a couple of years ago, when I was looking for a job, she heard about it and told me about a job opening. I now work for a great company with benefits.

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  4. These questions will keep coming for the rest of your young adult life. Once you’re in uni people will ask what you wanna do when you graduate. If you’re not in uni why not? Why dont you have a job? Why aren’t you in a relationship? If you are in one and its long term, when will you settle down? everyone older than you will bombard you with questions. Annoying fact of life

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  5. Girl, you will figure it out. I promise!! You have a very wise and open mind and that alone can take you wherever you want to go! I’m old. I didn’t go to school until later to do my job in healthcare (ER). But i was just in pause for years trying to get to this point. Now I know it’s never been about the money, it’s always been about what I feel I was meant to do, even though most nights I run around like a crazy person at work, lol. But point is, keep your passions strong and you will figure it out and that’s a fact! Here if you need to talk anytime πŸ™‚ loved your post FYI 🌷

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  6. I officialy nominate you as the best bloger. You seem to be aoo down to earth . Like u dont go online to tell people how to do there makeup or twll them how to be perfet like others you are honest . I have a similar page where i like talking about my feeling and about how my day has inproved my life i also ask for edvise and give idvise it would meen the world to me if you could tell people about my account since i realy asspire to go with the flow and at the moment going with the flow means starting a blog xxxxxxz thankyouxxx

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  7. Just remember, school isn’t for everyone and you can be perfectly happy and successful without it! For me and the career path I wanted to take, school was a necessity. My boyfriend on the other hand is more artsy and although he went to school for a year, it just wasn’t for him so he dropped out! He is into photography like yourself and you don’t need school to be successful. Anyway, do what makes you happy and if you do decide to go to school it is a good opportunity to take classes that interest you to see if that’s the path you want to take!

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  8. There is far to much pressure on knowing what job you want. I’m screwed, I want to be an author! Although, i’m still unsure of this job path. But it’s different for everyone, I think what makes people nervous is one idea of “job for the rest of your life”. That’s not true, you’ll probably have lots of different jobs until you find one you really want. University is great, I didnt want to go but since i didnt know what i wanted to do at that time I decided to stay in education and I’m so happy that i did. I wanted to be a vet when i was younger but i was the same as you with science exams. I still want to be about 100 different things but i think what you need to take into condiseration what do you want to do as hobbies, part time and what do you want to do as your passion, full time. Because i think if you’re gonig to spend 5 days a week doing this future job that you havent decided on you should want to spend 5 days a week doing it. Just keep remembering it’s your future and no one elses. The people trying to convince you to do what’s best wont always be around to tell you what to do. (By this i mean you’ll move out and become independent) Anyway, good luck!

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    1. I totally agree! There’s enough pressure with exams, let alone the constant questioning!
      And yes! It’s likely we’ll have many different jobs before we settle down yet many people expect us to have a clear idea of exactly what one thing we want to do!
      I’ll probably go to Uni, however, I only want to go if it’s going to be useful because if I end up with a load of debt for nothing, what’s the point?
      I get what you mean about splitting things into categories – in my mind I’ve kind of done that already but it’ll keep changing!
      Good luck to you too!!

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      1. Honestly the debt thing, it sounds a lot worse than it is. I haven’t left uni so i dont know but from what i do know, it doesnt really effect people much. The amount you pay back is based off of what you earn and if you dont earn enough then you don’t pay it back. In England it’s also erased 30 years after so if the debt is what’s worrying you, dont think about that. You should do what you want, yeah money is important but so is living life how you want to live it πŸ™‚

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        1. Ahah, yeah I know all about the debt thing (I went to a uni day to learn about it all lol) so I know it would all be okay – i just mean that I wouldn’t go to university if it was just going to be a waste of time and money ❀

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          1. Aaah I see. No fair play, you should do what you feel is right. Loads of my friends didn’t go either and they’re fine. Whatever people choose should be what’s best for them ^.^

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    1. I’ve a little while to go until university (if I go), but oh god, the questioning continues! I’ve taken to using really sarcastic responses now (depending who I’m talking too it might just be a subtly sarcastic response lol)

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  9. Oh yes, I was like this when I was younger, and I used to be a people pleaser too, my mum wanted me to be a nurse, so I went to college for 3 years until one day I asked to myself, Is this what I want? No, so then I quit college and now I have a huge student loan on my name…

    Make sure to make a list of the Pros & Cons of each of your passions, that is what I did now, do something that makes you feel happy and passionate, because it will be your job for the rest of your life, so you need to enjoy it and later on don’t feel burn out. πŸ’œπŸ¦‹

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    1. So glad I’m not the only one! And I’m the same! My family wanted me to take computing and so I did…Unable to drop out, I’m still going and hoping that in later life I’ll be glad I have it on my CV
      Also, that’s a brilliant idea, thank you! ❀

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          1. Well, you can take advantage of this, for example, you could make some $ by offering your services to small business or close friends, plus the more experience you have it’s good for your CV πŸ™‚ While pursuing your other passions. Everything is possible. And don’t say it’s the hardest, say it’s the most challenging that way you can enjoy it more πŸ™‚ See it as a challenge. πŸ™‚

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              1. Oh and another thing, make some plans, as another list, short term goals like what would like to accomplish in one year, then 3 years, 5 years and maybe 10 years.

                Then compare with the other list of Pros & Cons, see if they merge together, that way you can make a better decision.

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