A few weeks ago, I started talking to a woman about my job, which got me thinking. She had a daughter who just finished studying film and TV at a University in Oslo and was now considering studying Producing in England. As proud as the mother was of her daughter who had a direction she wanted to take, she was more concerned about her choice of her direction. To the mother, studying film was apparently not considered a smart choice of study, like; economics, law or business. Because it is considered an art form (depending on who you ask), it is often advised in terms of career opportunities to consider doing something else.
I think this is a completely ridiculous frame of mind. No hate on the mother, I understand her concern: She doesn’t want to see her daughter working behind the counter of a clothing shop at age 30, still handing out CV’s to production companies. Even my own parents have often advised me (with love) to consider studying something else, just to have more legs to stand on.
However, what you choose to study or what career you wish to pursue is insignificant if your dedication is at the right place. You can become successful in every field, I think, (I hope), if you love what you, and people recognize that. You also have to be good at it of course, but that’s where the Universities come in.
I am confident that I have a million things left to learn, that can only be taught through experience and making mistakes, but I can guaranty that I’ve learned a million things for the past 5 years, through study and work. These are things most people might consider to be pointless, and I agree that some of them are. But if it can help me to become a professional in my field of work, that’s all I want. Perhaps some day people in economics, law or business will need my expertise and knowledge when they wish to share and promote their own experience to the world.
So I guess my point is this: The only right choice you can make when choosing what to study, is the choice you make yourself, regardless of money, advice from others or what your friends choose to do. (Cheesy, but true)
Several years ago, I stumbled upon this quote by Alan Watts. I have seen many films and read a large amount of books, but not ever have one simple quote made such an impact.
If you are that privilege to choose what work you wish to do, or what subject you wish to study, you are obligated to choose with some form of selfishness.
Having just turned 24, I have the most fortunate luxury of loving every Monday when it arrives. This is mostly because I always have the question in the back of my mind when faced with two signs leading me in different directions: What do I desire?