Career advice from travelling? I know what your thinking but go with me on this for a minute there’s a message in here. Some people look at travel and the people who do it and think WOW aren’t they lucky. Their off seing the Eiffel Tower in Paris, floating around in the Dead Sea or just enjoying a beer somewhere famous and you can’t help but be jealous of them. It’s like they have the world at their finger tips and you can only sit there and dream in jealously about doing what they do. Sound familiar to anyone?
It should, it was once the very thoughts I had as I stared off at the nights sky or day dreamed out the window for years. When I was younger I wanted something different but lacked the will, dare the courage to go and take it for myself. It was in the too hard basket and so I did what was expected of me. Studied, got a job and pushed on with the status quo. It’s what we are expected to do, travel was but an after thought in my subconscious.
I mention all of this because I recently gave a career advice talk of sorts at my old high school to a bunch of students on my life from school time to now and it got me thinking. This isn’t a new epiphany however, I’ve gone on before about how my solo travel experience pushed my boundaries and grew me into a better happier person. It’s why I think it should be undertaken by all young people. Getting out there and experiencing the world is in my mind the BEST experience for tackling a career as well as life’s ups and downs.
As I re-told the story of my changing career to the students that day it filled me with a sense of joy, a sense of happiness, a sense of overwhelming satisfaction. I’d conquered the demons of my past and returned to where it all began. It was that very school where I’d grown up and been the shy kid, the kid petrified of standing at the front of a class of people and talking.
As the talk concluded the teachers asked if anybody had any questions. The usual were asked like what has been your favourite place, do you make much money, do you have a girlfriend, whats a blog and perhaps the question that stuck with me the most was what do you see yourself doing in the future.
I wasn’t sure how to answer that one. I’ve dreams of owning a house, having kids and a family just as much as I dream of travelling and seeing more and more of the world. It’s a difficult decision when you know you’ve got the world by the balls and can finally dictate to it and not the other way around.
Then I looked at the class and thought man I know what it was like being their age, how on earth can these kids answer that question when its taken me to my 30’s to start grasping the concept. How can they decide at 16, 17 or 18 what their career should be and how their life should play out. I thought I’d worked it all out when I finished in high school and now look where I am, having done a 180 degree turn on everything I’d planned out.
As I traverse the world yet again I am still thinking about my career. That day I learnt I like sharing my story and helping another kid like myself break the fear of pushing the boundaries and maybe just maybe take the world head on and succeed where they weren’t before. Maybe I’ll grow into really enjoying speaking and find a role there who knows, certainly not me.
Travel gave me the best career advice I’ve ever got, there is nothing to be afraid of so get out there and go after your hopes and dreams. Life is for living and whatever you decide to do with it just be sure you enjoy it. I picked travel as my birth into a better life, but it could be any number of starting points what will yours be?