Finding a career to suit my passions in travel and music
Growing up I was always quite unsure of what I wanted to be when I grew up. The many careers that were being praised by people did not seem to have any appeal for me. I actually thought them to be very boring monotonous careers.
My father worked as a financial accountant and I thought his job was very boring. He was always off to work very early in the morning dressed in suits and a tie that seemed to be stifling. He would work all day and come home very tired and he would doze off at the sofa trying to read the daily newspaper. He was often irritable after work and we had learnt to avoid him when he came from work.
I was able to visit his office once in a while and the layout of the office was simply appalling. The workers were seated in small workplaces in a wide open hall. Each worker had his or her work station demarcated by some clear glass and for each person there was a computer, a phone, and a chair. I could not imagine spending all day in such an environment.
No wonder my dad was always stressed out at the end of the day.
When I got to college I had a hard time choosing what I wanted to study for. The only thing that I liked in life was travel and music. I also liked sports but I was not good enough in any sport to be able to make a living off it.
After a few days of trying to think what career I would choose to study for, I visited a forum in one of the halls where there was a talk on different kinds of careers. During the talk, all I could hear was about all the boring usual careers. I was about to leave the hall when I heard the presenter mention careers in tourism. I was quite excited when the presenter continued to explain careers in tourism that involved travelling around the country with tourists.
I immediately knew that this was what I would study for.
Before settling for tourism, I had started losing hope of finding a suitable career and I had been thinking of becoming a fulltime musician. I had a good enough voice and I knew how to play the guitar quite well. I had been thinking that if I could not get a career that I liked I would buy a suitable guitar that I could travel with and I would crisscross the country making whatever money I could from singing.
It is fortunate that I attended that talk on careers. Now I can at least focus on studying for a career which I am confident will give me much pleasure.
I am hoping that I will be able to work in an environment that will have an adventurous outdoors where I can enjoy the many wonders of nature. Maybe during the trips I will be able to carry along a guitar and entertain my tourists with song.