I’m a career expert’s nightmare: I graduated with a degree in marketing, frolicked about Australia and then started fashion design. I thought that was very well and fun. I did a course called outward bound, maybe you’ve heard of it, I loved it. Worked on a ski field for a few seasons, studied animation and video production, whilst looking after intellectually disabled people then after travelling to England and Woofing for a while, I came to Australia where I am now finishing a cert 4 in outdoor recreation.

I got fired a few times, mostly from cafes. People seem to think I’m too intelligent, that’sa nice way for; “she has no common sense”. The other comment is I’m so creative.Basically I have a deep sense within myself that I want a job that I’m proud of. Something I can sink my teeth into, and get results.

I’m 30 now and to be honest I’m really worried that I won’t be able to connect the dots.

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  1. Penelope Trunk
    Penelope Trunk says:

    It doesn’t sound like you’re a career expert’s nightmare. It sounds like you make the choices you want to make. Which is probably what most career experts would recommend for someone in their 20s. The worst thing you can do in your 20s is do nothing. Stay in one place. Avoid the real world by staying in school. You did not do that. You tried lots of things. You learned what you like and what you don’t like.

    It’s okay to be lost in your 20s. And common. Here’s a post about that:
    http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2007/11/15/stop-worrying-that-your-twentysomething-is-lost/

    If you are tired of the way you’ve been living for the last ten years, then I have a feeling you can just stop, and do your life differently in your thirties than you did in your twenties. Most people do that. You’ll be fine. The best way to live a good life is to never assume that the way you lived the last ten years is the way you will live the next ten years. It will always be different because you will always be learning about yourself and growing.

    You’ll be fine. Keep going. You’ve done a good job so far- you’ve done great growth and personal exploration for the last ten years.

    Penelope

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