Sunday, August 18, 2013

When to give up on your major

I don't know the answer to this question. I'm also not sure that    'give up' is the right term but with each year that passes, I find it less and less likely that I will find a job in the field I went to university for.

I studied Sport Management at Brock University, near Niagara Falls, Canada. Kind of like learning about business but everything to do with sport. Research in sport, sport globalization, sport law, sport marketing, sales, event management, entrepreneurship, etc...I liked it. I enjoyed going to class, I liked the people and I liked the small school and class size. I decided on Brock because I didn't know what I wanted to study, it was far from my home town, had easier winters and heard it wasn't the hardest department to study in. I met some of my best friends there and don't regret it at all. The only thing I might regret is not going to Teacher's College right after University and spending the next two years in jobs that you wouldn't want to write blog posts about. Hindsight is 20/20 and maybe I needed to go through that and meet the people I met to be where I am today and where I am headed after New Zealand. (future post!)

I probably should have figured it out sooner that I wouldn't get a job in my field. Right after I graduated, the 2010 winter Olympics were hiring and other SPMA people were applying and getting jobs for it. I didn't have the money to go to BC and the whole thing didn't sound like it would be that fun. I'm sure I was wrong and was apparently an amazing experience and a great way to meet new contacts. In the back of my head I always kind of thought I would do something with my degree. I love sports and thought about something in the event management side would be interesting. I mean, I spent four years studying it, I should probably get a job in it. I feel like I should have some sort of career path by now (27!) Have been thinking if I meet the right person, I'd like to get married and have cute little babies. As I've discovered, apparently women and children cost a certain degree of money that I do not currently have. When I first moved to Ottawa after graduating from school, my cousin Debbie offered for me to stay at her place. I said I would stay for three months, I moved out just before three years. When I first got there, I told her I needed three things:

1-Cell phone

I got the first two fairly quickly, the girlfriend part eluded me for some time. Shocking eh? I feel like now if I were to have that same talk with her, my priorities would be:

3-Babies (They are going to be so cute!!)

And right now, I feel like that is a career not involving what I originally intended. Lots of people study subjects they don't go on to make into career paths right? And who knows what will happen in a few years from now. That doesn't mean that you can't still read about it or volunteer for causes you feel passionate about. It isn't a zero sum game.
I'd eventually like to own/run my own business or company and for the immediate future, teaching English makes me happy and enables me to travel. If you like, let me know if you ended up studying what you became or how you decided not to pursue your major or any other thoughts you might have on the subject. In the end, having a degree certainly opens up some doors but realistically it is who you meet that will open up the best doors.

A career path is rarely a path at all. A more interesting life is usually a more crooked, winding path of missteps, luck and vigorous work. It is almost always a clumsy balance between the things you try to make happen and the things that happen to you.

Tom Freston

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