The bulwark of limitation (3)
Continued from yesterday
I WENT to the major roads and dropped my resumes in firms. There was a particular firm I had looked up online. I went to the address but to my dismay there was no such office only a building under construction. Hmm. I walked head on looking for sign boards and walked into firms. I dropped over 10 copies. I even chatted with some principal heads. They gave me the impression that I would be called back. One said I could drop it but he wasn’t guaranteeing. Times are hard and he said he did not think I would be happy receiving less than N10,000 or N15,000. He did not think and he did not ask me either. I guess many want volunteers. I got back home a little disappointed but not hopeless. I went back to my literature books. I downloaded classic books. I read stories online. And I started to write again. This time with the hope that I would build a career in writing. I began to wonder if my career choice was a mistake. Some weeks back I saw a vacancy for graduates of Mass Communication. And I knew my earlier assertion was wrong. I should have studied my earlier choice. For a long time I have been intrigued with advertising. I considered going into it. But I did not have the requisite knowledge. If I had read Mass Communication, I would have learned marketing communication. Ignorance is definitely not an excuse. It took me a long time to realise that I made a good career choice at the wrong time. Now don’t get me wrong. People choose careers, get degrees and additional degrees for many purposes. Most times in order to get a promotion or more influence some persons would choose to pursue a career. Some may be for knowledge sake and some like me may be for the prestige. It might work well for them, especially when they are older and probably getting it as a second degree.
There are certain things to consider when choosing a career. First, you are to look within yourself and ask questions that you can honestly answer. If you can’t answer then you walk up to people closest to you and ask them. In the end you will be the final judge. What is it that you like to do that you do not mind doing when time passes? You can stay awake at night and perhaps forfeit your meal for it. People have complimented you on it.
However, the class of persons I am referring to is the youths who are probably leaving the secondary school and about to enter the tertiary institutions. Many people are in jobs that do not bring out the creativity in them. Many are choking and are crippled in the office they have no love for. They limit their abilities doing jobs that are not meant for them. In so doing, they destroy lives and aspirations. The economy is bad, they say. Yes the economy is bad. But you can make a positive difference by doing what you were made to do. Some persons are teaching in the classrooms, people that have no idea of what they are doing. They would rather paint or write but because there is no money in that venture they settle for teaching. This results in the half baked graduates we have. A career choice should not be a day’s job. It should be a lifelong ambition. It should not be something you decide upon on the spur of an exhilarating moment. Or you do because it would put a smile on someone’s face other than yours.
There are certain things to consider when choosing a career. First, you are to look within yourself and ask questions that you can honestly answer. If you can’t answer then you walk up to people closest to you and ask them. In the end you will be the final judge. What is it that you like to do that you do not mind doing when time passes? You can stay awake at night and perhaps forfeit your meal for it. People have complimented you on it. You do not mind doing it without getting paid. You can do it for free. You developed an interest in it at an early age. You are always curious to find out more about it and you are always thrilled to meet like-minded people. If at this moment you have not found anything that you can do exceptionally better than most of your peers then we move to the next stage. What exactly is it that catches your interest? You honestly think that if you can learn it, even though you have not tried you can become good at it. I strongly believe that if you have a passion for something and you are hell bent on learning it, you can. I am a firm believer of the I can attitude. But first you must have a strong desire to acquire the knowledge and you must be willing to persevere also. Interest, whether it is innate or developed over time, must be genuine.
Everyone is blessed with certain innate abilities. For example, some can sing, play instruments, draw and paint. You may have that overwhelming joy when you are doing it and you can do it without being paid. You may notice that you have no flair for anything else outside it. Don’t you think it is better you pursue a career in that direction.
Everyone is blessed with certain innate abilities. For example, some can sing, play instruments, draw and paint. You may have that overwhelming joy when you are doing it and you can do it without being paid. You may notice that you have no flair for anything else outside it. Don’t you think it is better you pursue a career in that direction. At least when you are out of school, you can be an entrepreneur, make your money without looking for the white collar job. People are making money doing the job that they love. Kevin Okafor is a Nigerian living in London, studied fine art in the university and today he is drawing for celebrities and royalties, making his thousands of pounds. Brian Tracy in his book ‘Goals’ wrote, ‘One of the most important steps you take in your career is to identify what it is that you are really good at or what you can become good at and then put your whole heart into becoming excellent in that area. The very best way to develop yourself is in the direction of your natural talents and interests.’
With that said, I think at this point it is important to also state that it really is never too late to change the route to your destination, except you are no longer breathing. Maybe right now you just realised that you might have made a wrong career move, it isn’t too late to redirect your steps. You may start by taking lessons to improve and develop your craft. If you are in school reading another course, finish that course. No knowledge is wasted. When you are out, you can develop your natural interests. In everything you do, try not to barricade and stifle your abilities in the Bulwark of Limitation.
• Mbunabo is an author of unpublished stories.