15. October 2022 · Comments Off on MY ADVICE TO YOUNG ADULTS · Categories: Blog

Despite being good at something, it’s my opinion that you’re best off finding something else you’re good at, something that would be more profitable for you in the future. For instance, I was good at spelling, grammar, punctuation, and all forms of writing and editing. So I wanted to become a writer. However, it was made clear to me early on that very few writers ever earn more than a living wage in their lifetimes. An alternative was to be an English teacher, until I learned how little teachers make. And an editor may or may not do well; it seems to be a hit-or-miss kind of occupation. So I had to rethink what I wanted.

Another thing I wanted to do was fashion design. I loved looking at fashion, thinking about fashion, drawing fashionable clothes for my dolls and then just to design them, but I really knew I was nowhere near good enough to compete, so I gave up that idea myself.

I also wanted to be a singer. I did have a good singing voice, but I read enough biographies to know that any kind of performing took a great deal out of the performer – it was hard work, trying, difficult, challenging – all those words that made one think. So I didn’t pursue that.

My final idea was to be a research psychologist. I loved research, and I enjoyed understanding psychology. But my problem was that this kind of occupation required an extensive college education, and my family were not prepared to provide that.

One thing that my English, grammar, editing and writing skills did prepare me for was administrative work. It did not seem at all interesting to me; I imagined it as running around doing errands, and being at the beck and call of an authoritative boss. Well, that does happen, certainly. But if you choose your bosses carefully, it doesn’t have to be that way. And it can be a stepping stone to a more profitable occupation.

Secretaries often either marry their bosses, or get promoted. And sometimes, a promotion leads to another promotion, and then to another, and another, etc., and you’re a manager or executive yourself. But you may not want to be an executive or boss. What then?

From there you might go into business for yourself, doing consulting for the kind of business that promoted you. Or you might become a trainer (which is different from a teacher, as training pays much better). Or you might do what I did: take on an additional responsibility that attracts, become very good at that so you’re promoted (even laterally) into a position that involves that work, and then continue to take on new responsibilities until you’re the expert in the company, someone everyone turns to, and it eventually pays well to have so many responsibilities.

And then, when you retire, you can do exactly what you wanted to do in the first place. Now that I don’t have to rely on my writing for an income, I’m a novelist, having written and published ten books. And my hobbies include drawing, designing jewelry, and something else I’ve collected along the way – an interest in anthropology, and a little education in real estate appraisal, graphology, and astrology.

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