I have been struggling lately about what the next step in my career is going to be. For the past year or even a little longer, I feel as if all of my moves have been lateral and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it definitely makes me think ‘what next’.
In all honesty, I’ve never been a plan it out or a this is what I’m doing in 1, 5, or 10 years person. When my dad told me that when he graduated from college he had a list of things he wanted to accomplish in 5 and 10 years and he accomplished all of them it freaked me out to be quite frank. I am more of a go with the flow or take life as it comes person. I have started making vision boards with goals I want to accomplish in the year but if I think about things I want to do in 5 or 10 years, I honestly draw a blank.
I have been trying to force myself to think of a long term plan, and in the long term I just know that I want to create. But I can’t just be creative and not think about how that can factor into my career plans. I’m currently working on this blog (my first creative love that I’ve stuck to), @passionxproject on Instagram (which is wearing me down more than it builds me up but then the highs are too high to ignore), I have another idea in the chamber that I want to start working on soon and on top of that, I always have random ideas for other projects that I’m constantly writing down in my journals. And while it’s great to have all of these ideas, I’m not sure how or if I can factor them into my career plans. They seems like additional passion projects or supplemental income at best.
If you read my last post, you know how I feel about my current career trajectory. Even though I’m no longer inspired by it, I oftentimes feel as if it’s what I have experience in so I should continue with it. Sometimes I think about reverting to my undergrad major and getting back into radio/tv/film production or just radio/tv/film period no matter what side of the camera or recording device I’m on. Sometimes I think about finding a way that I can focus on blogging and my passion projects 100% and monetizing then. Sometimes I think about getting into something new all together. I can’t say how many times I’ve looked up courses at BTVI, wondering if it’s time to take up a trade since neither of my degrees seem to be doing anything for me.
Its almost a new year, which means it’s almost time to work on my vision board. I’m hoping that by the time I actually work on this year’s vision board that I won’t just have goals for the year, but maybe some for 3-5 years from now as well. I know I’m not a planner so I won’t stretch it to 10 years. But if I can think a little bit further into what’s next I’ll be good with that.