“What do you want to be when you grow-up?”
We start asking kids this question before they march off to their first day of kindergarten. And more likely than not, their response is one of the few jobs they have been exposed to. No shame in that. But what happens when we ask a 18 year old to decide “what they want to be when they grow-up” and the career opportunity awareness hasn’t grown?
I’ve heard time and time again, and not only from my own experience, that there is lack of awareness of the opportunities available. It seems as if every time I turn around, I learn about a career that I didn’t even know existed. After all, “you don’t know what you don’t know.”
I recently decided to do some soul searching and explore careers that would better suit the areas in life where I am truly passionate. While I was starting to make a plan about how to do this, I had an idea. What if I do something more? What if I not only explore careers that interest me, but careers that could interest others and share what I learn?
With that, my passion project, career corner, was born.
My goal over the next few months is to meet with as many people, from various careers and backgrounds, as possible. If their career allows, I will spend a few hours with them to get a taste of their “every day”. I will end my time with each of them exactly the same, by asking them a series of questions that will help to dive deeper into each persons career and the insights they can share about their experiences.
From there, I will create a blog entry for each career opportunity I explore, include the video of their answers and share with the world.
My hope is that this not only helps me discover the path I want meant to take, but others as well. If just one person can have an “ah-ha” moment or learn something from this passion project, I will have succeeded. Even if that one person is me.