Have a Career Dream AND a “Plan B” for Your Future
Young people today are told often to “follow their passion” and “they can be anything they want to be!” I love these sentiments and can’t argue with the motivation and encouragement behind them.
As young adults discover their interests the next steps are to decide if there is enough talent and commitment to pursue a career that allows these passions to blossom. In addition, research needs to uncover if the career field pays enough to live and function independently!
I met a young woman who eventually got on track and followed these steps and her dreams…
She was introduced to Irish dancing as a youngster where she was a “natural.” She loved to dance and throughout her young years she performed in a variety of venues.
Preparing for college, the young lady chose a local four-year Liberal Arts college and decided to study pre-law. She was working and paying for college herself and thought she should be “practical” in her choice of careers. You guessed it! She didn’t thrive in school and found her classes uninteresting. She decided to leave the school at the end of the semester and enrolled in a much cheaper community college. She also attended an audition for dancers at Disneyland and began a part-time job that fit into her academic schedule.
The decision to return to a four year college and major in dance was much easier once she figured out how she could make the “dream career” work. Dancing at Disneyland gave her the contacts to find dancing opportunities all over the U.S. and the world! Since graduation she has been a part of numerous dance ensembles in Las Vegas, Europe, and the Far East.
Her “Plan B” came in the form of a certificate in Arts Administration. Once she can no longer physically dance, she can stay in the field in another role.
As young adults start to think seriously about a career they should:
- Determine their commitment to their interests and passions
- Research how these passions play out in the World of Work
- What jobs are there?
- Who hires for these positions?
- What does it pay?
- Choose the educational course that would give the best preparation and contacts in the field
- If possible, get a part-time job, internship, or volunteer in the field to support and expand your choice
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