It should come as no surprise I read a lot of blogs in my free time. (I also online shop a lot, but that’s a different story for a different day.)
Recently, I was reading one of my perennial faves—Victoria Mcginley—and discovered her post on the idea of your second career. Essentially, while at dinner with friends, someone in their group posed the question, “If you guys could do anything for your next career, what would you be doing?”
Like Victoria, I love this question because it forces you to think of a time when your life may look a lot differently than it does now. It’s also a good reminder to pursue other interests and see where they take you because you don’t have to do what you’re doing now forever. As a twenty-something, I think this is often a mind trap I am prone to fall into, especially since I’ve only had one ‘real’ job and see myself there for at least the future I can currently imagine.
And, as someone who is not the best at adapting to change, it was interesting to picture my life at a different point without knowing exactly what the middle would be. But thinking through this exercise was also quite freeing—there is nothing stopping me from pursuing other avenues and I can pivot (cue Ross Gellar) my career if that’s what I decide I want to do.
Before I talk about my answer, I’d also love to flip the question back to you—what could you realistically see yourself doing for your second career? What would it take you to make the leap?
Now, let me say, I spent a lot of time on my answer. Everything I could come up with right off the bat seemed to be an extension of my current career—i.e. managing marketing for a lifestyle brand or transferring my skills over to a business-to-consumer company. Maybe that’s a good thing because it says I am in the right place for now?
But ultimately, I decided for my next career I’d love to be an interior decorator.
Anyone else catch the bug in the early 2000s thanks to Trading Spaces? Now that have a better concept of $1,000 and, more importantly, a heightened sense of style, I think it’d be so fun to help people figure out what they want in a room and how to make it cohesive with the rest of their home. Not to mention, I think it pulls on strengths I already have—appreciation for good design, basic understanding of color theory, knowledge of housing market trends, and exceptionally good shopping skills. (Wink wink to that last one.)
So until I am ready to make the jump to my second career, you can find me rearranging the furniture in my apartment, looking for new art to bring home, and sourcing inspiration on Pinterest—huge shoutout to my gem of a roommate, J, for putting up with me! ;]