I was 11 when I decided what I wanted to do with my life.
“I’m going to be a journalist,” I calmly told my mum one afternoon.
“So, no more marine biology then?” she asked.
Umm, yeah – after a bit of research I decided that wasn’t for me, despite my eternal love of all things dolphin.
“No,” I told her. “I have to write. No matter what I do I will always write. That’s what I want to do.”
It sounds so simple doesn’t it? It always does when someone describes their career choices to you.
“I did this.” Easy. Bam. Done. Career made.
Except, we all know it doesn’t work like that.
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Careers are built with experience, with education and by making some seriously hard decisions about where you see yourself in the future.
I’m talking about the career choices that truly cement your future. The ones you look back on and think, “Man, I’m glad I did that”.
For me, the best career move I ever made was completing a number of internships. It gave me much-needed experience and I made friends with people in the industry. Over the years it has opened up more opportunities for me than I could have ever imagined.
I threw the topic into one of our regular chats at the Mamamia office, and asked everyone what their smartest career choice was.
Their answers were wide and varied. To get to where we are today, we’ve all come from different backgrounds and made very different decisions. Decisions we’ve all worried about and lost sleep over – but decisions that, in the end, were the smartest career moves we’ve ever made.