I feel like 26 is too late to shift my career into an industry with rising stars, where those still in college & graduating from college are making a huge impact.
I currently sit in an intern room as the oldest one. I’ve worked since I was 16 and this is not my first office job.
I’m starting out from the bottom of the ladder again.
What if, by the time I take the next step, I’m already obsolete?
That is my biggest fear.
I’m not from a generation where social media is covered in the classroom, and I am not fluent in HTML. Everything I’ve built so far in the last 2 years with my personal brand has been through trial & error.
Did I mention I’m still in school for my Bachelor’s? After that I might look into a masters in social work degree, but first things first.
I decided to take on another major, in accordance with my career shift, so let’s add that to the ‘disadvantage’ column.
I do love what I do. I’m a connector, and I love spreading the word via Social Media. I want to make a difference.
In 10 years, I want to take my experience, and start a non-profit. I do have a dream outlined in my mind. The execution methods may change by the time I make it a reality but the dream is there.
What if someone beats me to it?
Maybe someone already has.
Every morning, I wake up with hope, and fear. I’m afraid that I’ll always remain in the background. I may never make enough of an impact to become an expert in my field.
Then I remember that those in the background also make an impact. If I love what I do, and I am going after my own dream that will someday make a difference (even in one person’s life), doesn’t that count?
So that’s how I overcome my fears. With hope.
And a little dose of reality.
In a field that evolves every single day, all I can do is keep moving forward.
I educate myself.
I form opinions.
I join in on conversations, and participate in groups such as u30pro.
I share my .02 since I am a little more experienced in some things.
Maybe I will become obsolete in the grand scheme of things. By moving forward, I just won’t be afraid of becoming obsolete.
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