Manchester, UK

When You Don’t Know, You Don’t Know

When anyone tells me their friends or family are going through the ordeal of choosing their career path, it still gives me the chills. I’ve never known what I’ve wanted to do and it’s something that has always bothered me. I’m pretty certain I’m not alone but with a brother who’s known his path since primary school, I moved into my university on the first day of my degree and still had not a single clue. That being said, more than ever, I think it is not important anymore and I will ensure I shout it from the rooftops so teens don’t feel the shame pressure.

I was always that child who was good at school, pretty alright at anything I put my hand to but not particularly passionate about anything, I just kinda breezed through. I didn’t know if I wanted to work in an office, outside, for myself, online or manually and really I didn’t know what options were out there. My Dad has always been his own boss but he’ll be the first to tell you it ain’t easy! I also faced the fact I’m born and bred Cornish, there’s little to no industry down here unless you want to be a competitive surfer or own a shop selling stick of rock. I knew I had a mild interest in criminology so I set out on my uni adventure for a degree in Law and quite frankly never fit in. It’s a competitive business and I didn’t care enough, I didn’t and still don’t long to be a solicitor and I wouldn’t make it without the drive anyway.

I have found my career path now but I literally fell into it and never would have thought I’d be here. Having been through the last decade from when you’re first asked to chose your path to settling down in a career and investing, I’m fully aware that you don’t need to know. I’d strongly advocate trying everything, how do you really know what you want to do until you’ve given it a go. Try working in an office, try working for a corporate – if you’ve got the guts and the dollar, definitely give setting up business a go. You’re never too old to start again and the risk is, generally, not as big as you think it is. You’ll learn something worth while no matter what you’re doing.

We’re very much in an era of the ‘and’ – people who don’t stick to a single path. Trying everything and let’s face it – what is safer than having your fingers in loads of pies, several different income streams means if an industry flops due to outside controls, you have a fall back. I don’t think I’ll ever now want to stick solidly to one career, one day job with nothing else going on. We have never had more opportunity than we have today to start something from nothing but a social media space. I’m not saying if you’ve had a dream to work in hospitality, for the NHS or finance isn’t incredible, because it is. But, do not sweat not knowing your path – I don’t think I’ll ever be able to say ‘this is where I’m meant to be’ but as long as I can say I’m happy, healthy and stable, I’m good with that! And if I’m ready for a change, heck, I’ll try something different!

Jenifer x

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