should your work be fulfilling? sometimes no, but ultimately yes.

Brown Diamond Camera on CampusI came across this blog post yesterday, and it certainly got me thinking. It’s titled “Post College: Realizing they were talking about you…” Here’s the tl;dr version.

  • College student dreams of becoming a movie director or some kind of video editor.
  • College grad has trouble finding a job, and when he does take jobs, they're not in his dream field. When he gets a job offer in his dream field, albeit in a menial, entry level position with worse pay, he gets angry at that offer because was "beneath" him (the article doesn't clearly say if he took it and then left it, or rejected it outright).
  • College grad now works in telephone technical support, and as he describes it, "it's been almost 7 years since [he's] edited anything substantial. [His] demo reel is moldy, [his] skill-set is ambiguous -- and [he'll] be 31 this year."
  • College grad has an epiphany, and blogs about it:
In hindsight, I can’t remember ever accomplishing anything really HARD that I didn’t already love to do before I started. Most of my successes have been in things that I was really already naturally good at and didn’t have to try very hard to finish. At some point I got it in my head then , since that was the case, work wasn’t supposed to be difficult. Which is why the last seven years have been such a mystery to me.
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