following your bliss, writing mentor edition
October 3, 2010 4:19 PM Subscribe
Following your bliss, writing mentor edition -- how can positive experiences with mentoring and writing lead me to a career I'll love?
posted by elephantsvanish to work & money (2 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Excuse the special-snowflake phrasing! So college is ending and I'm trying to make sense of what type of work I should pursue. I've enjoyed making little radio documentaries, writing papers for anthropology/conducting ethnographic research interviews, and traveling. In general, I'm happy when I'm pacing around the house piecing parts of an argument together in my head, particularly when I can turn it into something written that I'll be proud of.
But though these are things I enjoy and have done consistently, I've had two relatively smaller experiences that have left me quite literally buzzing with euphoria -- a completely different experience. The first was a brief volunteer position teaching basic computing concepts to community library members, generally recent immigrants. I really liked the earnestness of the whole situation - people laughing at the clumsiness of computers, expressing visible pride in learning this or that. I also have recently been mentoring underclass(wo)men in writing & love, again, helping guide people through overwhelming and silly and rewarding first encounters with the college essay.
I suppose what I've realized, upon reflection, is that while I select for myself individualistic, creative projects (making my own documentary or essay) that I like to do, I'm more compelled and happy when working with other people and encouraging their growth.
I was curious if anyone could relate to this kind of realization, and could point me towards certain types of work (for example, social work, being a teacher?) that might be worth exploring. I'm thinking that, for instance, going to eight years of anthropology graduate school right now would not ultimately make me happy. Also, I welcome 'bah just get a job no need to overthink "bliss"' comments, ha.