What is one insight from this week’s content on approaching your career that you strongly agree with?
I think that Marc gave stellar advice when he wrote of being in the top 25% at two or more things, instead of being the very best in a specific field. Not only do I see the latter as more attainable, but I also think that having a broader skillset extremely useful, even outside of said fields. It can give you insight into different ways of looking at challenges and potentially bring to light alternative ways of accomplishing them, possibly saving you -or your team - time and energy.
What is one insight from this week’s content that you disagree with or feel doesn’t apply to you?
I felt like Marc’s extensive emphasis on the importance of a technical undergrad degree was a bit dated. I am aware the article itself was written over a decade ago, and now we have alternatives such a Praxis and similar apprenticeship programs. I do agree, however, that if I was to go to college, it would be smartest to pursue such a technical degree, in-place of something that wasn’t in an active or rapid-paced a field.
What’s one item on your top shelf of the priority shelf (Wait But Why essay)?
On the top level of my priority shelf, according to Wait But Why’s guide for picking a career, I would place how passionate I am about the work I do. It really struck me when he wrote about how much of a large percentage of my life will be consumed by a career and it would be dreadful to drudge on, following a career path that was set out by those before me, instead of trailblazing one for myself.
If I’m going to be spending possibly up to 150,000 hours working, I want to make sure I’m a) doing what I’m passionate about and b) doing it for myself. Conceited as that might sound, it would be foolish to pursue a career solely based on conventional wisdom or outdated advice passed along by my educators or even parents.
What’s one item on the bottom shelf of your priority shelf (Wait But Why essay)?
On the bottom of my priority shelf I would place approval. This one honestly wasn’t too hard for me to place there, as I seem to have been going against the grain regardless since a young age. Often times when pursuing something polarizing, there are just as many standing on the sideline and “booing” you as there is cheering you on, sometimes even more.
That’s not to say I would intentionally pick a career path that I would intentionally elicit reactions of distain from my peers, but I would not be opposed to an “alternative” career path, either.
It seems light right now, many people are being shooed away from pursing a career in the arts, specifically something such as photography, as it’s not know to make much money and is seen as quite turbulent, but if someone truly has the determination to see that through, I don’t see any problem whatsoever with the pursing that as an occupation.
These two articles both made me do a lot of introspection on what I truly want out of a career and, on a broader scale, want out of life. For better or worse, our society links your career choices intrinsically with your identity and what you do from 9-5 (or whatever your hours may be) can really impact the outlook people have on you.