Career

Figure It Out

I’m having second guesses about the direction I’m taking with my schooling. There’s just a whole lot of opportunities out there. I think a strength of mine is the ability to look at something, whatever it may be, from numerous perspectives. Understanding the various options and effects. I think a weakness of mine is the ability to be decisive and focus on a single perspective to move forward with. There’s so many places to get advice. It can be something you read in a book, saw in a movie, heard from a friend, or maybe that Instagram of the beach with italicized writing. It can be difficult deciding who or what you want to listen to. I’ve heard that only a fool trips on something behind them. You know, like don’t stress out about anything in the past because that’s all done now. Well there’s always going to be some equally as witty or awe-inspiring quote that says the exact opposite. Something that says, never forget the past because that’s what got you to the present. That’s why we teach history isn’t it? Mater from Cars said, ” Ain’t no need to watch where I’m goin’; just need to know where I’ve been.” There’s always plenty of guidance in kids’ movies. I want to say that I hope to find comfort in uncertainty. No need to worry because the possibilities are endless and there has to be a ton of good possibilities, right? Just be open to all the available opportunities. But also maybe finding comfort in uncertainty is a death sentence. That comfort can turn into complacency and laziness because I’m relying on the fact that there are endless possibilities out there and eventually I’ll figure something out. Maybe it’s best to pinpoint the right opportunity and move forward with it before that opportunity passes. I don’t think one perspective is better than the other. It’s always about finding a balance. Finding the right balance eludes me. And then I’m back at the start.

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Career, Work

The Michelangelo of Concrete

Remember that whole odd jobs spiel I gave the other day? Well I just so happened to find myself with some work for tomorrow. Yesterday as I was about to complete the last section of my yard while mowing the lawn my neighbor walked up to me and asked what I was doing this summer. I was about to give him the ol’ sob story about how none of the internships I applied for worked out when he cut me off and told me he was looking for some extra hands at work these days. Well my neighbor owns his own concrete business. They don’t do sidewalks or parking lots or stuff like that, but specialize in projects at people’s houses. He started to get really excited and showed me pictures of past projects he’s worked on. They do all sorts of stuff from backyard pathways to decorative driveways. While a manual labor job like this isn’t something I’d much considered in the past it was cool to see his passion and interest in his work. It turns out concrete can be a lot more exciting than I thought and he actually does some really cool stuff. I’m not in the position to say no to experience/money these days so today I went over and told him I’d be able to help out. I was happy to hear that the pay will be good and a little less happy to hear that we’re leaving tomorrow around 5:45 in the morning. I’ll get over it. I tend to find myself even more amusing than normal when I’m exhausted so I’ll get a kick out of it. Also, because we start so early we finish up pretty early too so I’ll have my afternoons still. I’m definitely happy to be able to add something to my list of experience and even though it isn’t much related to what I have in mind for my future (author’s note: who am I kidding saying I know what I’ll be doing in the future) it’s something. I figure if I can say that I spent a summer laying concrete then most people will assume I’m a pretty hard worker at least. Shout out to trade work too. Maybe after my concrete stint I’ll see what I can do about working with some smiths. I’m not metallist; iron, copper, steel, I’ll work with whatever. I’m not entirely sure what I’m getting myself into, but I’m happy to have the opportunity to act on my odd jobs manifesto. Maybe they need some help with advertising or developing a social media presence. Maybe I work my way all the way to the top and become an artisan concrete mogul. (artisan concrete mogul is the perfect name for my new made up garage rock band) No matter what happens, tomorrow’s post ought to be interesting. END

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Career

Still Room for a Renaissance Man?

The term renaissance man was first used to describe men who exhibited proficient skill sets in numerous different areas. Men who excelled in math and science as well as writing and the arts. It was also noted that that these men all shared in their passion for the consumption of pizza. Nope, never mind, that was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Today I was wondering if it has become harder to be a renaissance man. Not exactly in the sense of the brilliant minds of the Renaissance Age, but the looser application of the term simply describing someone talented across multiple disciplines. There’s no lack of talented people out there, but I’m talking about someone who earns their livelihood through multiple disciplines. A professional renaissance man so to speak. I’m very aware that I’m no da Vinci or Michelangelo, but I think I’m a pretty well rounded guy. As I’ve grown older and moved towards life after college and finding a job, I’ve continued to struggle in deciding exactly what profession I’d like to pursue. I think I know the right direction for me now a lot better than I did a few years ago, but there’s just so much that I’m interested in. My recent kick was advertising and that has somewhat evolved into something more social media related. I suppose that’s just a specialization of advertising. Before that I thought I might be more interested in pursuing something psychology related. Social psychology was where I found most of my interest so the development toward advertising/marketing/social media made some sense..Before that I thought I’d major in biology because all I wanted to do was work with animals. I like dogs and cats, but I wasn’t interested in anything domesticated. I’m talking about tracking towers of giraffes (that’s what a group of giraffes is called, I looked it up), or finding out that loggerhead sea turtle blood holds the key to the cure of some rare disease. I’ve always hoped to travel and see the world and although I don’t photograph particularly well I’ve wondered from time to time if I could find success on the silver screen. The problem is it seems hard enough to break into one industry let alone make it in multiple. The entry level college internships I’ve been applying for recently have suggested applicants have work experience and be pursuing a master’s program somewhere. Here I am trying to get my first experience and my foot in the door and quite simply that just hasn’t been working out for me. I love the idea of working on something new all the time. I don’t want a job behind a desk where I’m doing the same thing day in and day out. If I got to make all the decisions I’d work in advertising and psychology research and travel the world studying exotic wildlife as I made a documentary about my life. I don’t want to limit myself at all. I know some people that knew what they wanted to do early on in high school and they’re still on pace to accomplish exactly what they wanted and move on towards their profession. That just wasn’t me. There’s so much going on I have trouble narrowing it all down. There’s a reason you pick a major in college, and work your way from the bottom in an industry. I get it, you’re never going to make it to a high level of whatever it is you’re interested in with only a basic skill set and knowledge of what’s going on. That’s why so much time, effort, and resources must be dedicated to work and studies because if the same thing is continuously studied and practiced there will never be an progression. I don’t mean to come off as whiny, and I don’t think I deserve some special treatment, I just like to think that I don’t have to decide on one profession and that there’s some way I get to work on everything that I’ve wanted. Become my own version of a modern renaissance man.

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