If nothing stands in your way

Yes, I’ve stopped writing the days in the title. I don’t want to feel like I’m counting down to the end. I’m building up to something amazing. I just have to keep working on it.

Today’s Discussion Topic: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

There are a lot of jobs that i would love to do. Most of them fall more into the ‘I want the cool parts of this job, but that is all.’ For example, I would like to be a marine biologist, but I really don’t care for the biologist part. I just want to be in the water all the time. Another example is that I would love to be a flight attendant, so I can travel the world for work. However, I don’t really want to actually have to attend to people who are doing the flying. I think everyone has a few jobs like this where they want the perks, but that’s it.

If I could have any job in the world right now, no degree necessary, I would work in publishing. That is my long term goal as it is, but I have a few things standing in my way. First, I haven’t finished my English degree. Second, there isn’t many opportunities available in small town Saskatchewan. So if nothing stood in my way, that is what I would do. I love the written word and I would love to spend my days surrounded by words, ideally books. I am aware that there is more to publishing and editing than just working with words, but I am okay with that.

A part of me would love to work in a book store or a library as it is much more likely to find a job that way here. However, being in the presence of books is not quite the same as actually working with the words. I get a lot of grief for working towards an English degree because it is often seen as a degree that is useless in the ‘real’ world, but it fits with every thing that I am. I originally applied to university for my Education degree, but after the first semester realized I was not interested in teaching in schools as much as I thought. When the thought first came to me that I should apply for an English degree, I felt that it fit, like it a puzzle piece falling into place. That was a huge moment for me.

I will often tell people that I’m going to university just to learn more because it is fun to see the reaction I get. I really am in this degree to learn more about the history of English, but I want to apply that to my life in a career. It is important to me that I find a career that fits who I am as a person. Would I love to have a career as a professional author? Absolutely. Does that mean I would actually have to finish writing something? Yes. Have I done that yet? Nope, but I am closer than I have ever been before.

I want to get my words out there and if I can’t do that, I would love to just be surrounded by words. I would love to immerse myself in an environment where a love of reading is not out of place, where taking my work home with me does not feel like a burden, but rather a fun activity. When it comes to what job I want most of all, a love for what I do is the most important thing for me. I want to LOVE my job.

If nothing stood in your way, what job would you want?


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