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My Career Path Story & FutureYou.Ph

career-story-futureyouOne of the biggest issues of this generation is trying to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. We’re the generation that somehow gets the privilege to pick the careers we want, with non-traditional careers becoming more and more “acceptable” at this day and age, technology is constantly progressing, and so the world keeps expanding — but with this comes the confusion brought to us by so many different choices and the influences of society, friends and family. Should I go for the job that pays the most? Or should I pursue a career I’m passionate about? Do I follow what my parents want or what I want? So many questions!!!It took me 9 years to finally realize the right career path for me. That number seems like such a daunting number, doesn’t it? Can you believe it actually took me that long to figure out? Back in junior year of high school, the pressure was on to pursue a course I would potentially want as a career. At the age of 16 going on 17, I still had no idea what career path I truly wanted. I was interested in blogging, writing, traveling, learning about history and culture, but I also had a love for fashion & makeup. I had a lot of interests, but no one true passion that really excited my spirit like blogging did. Blogging, back then, was reserved as a hobby rather than a career path; although blogging is writing, the writing courses I knew of didn’t really tickle my fancy. I knew it would involve all kinds of writing but writing wasn’t enough of a passion for me to enjoy for 4 entire years in college.

In the end, I took up Tourism (under the HRIM course of DLS-CSB). I was young and stupid, and forced myself to take up HRIM because my then boyfriend was supposed to take up the same course in the same school. He ended up going to another school, while I ended up in a course I hardly enjoyed AT ALL. I was stupid for not doing research, for not understanding what Hotel Restaurant Institution Management actually entailed, and mostly I was stupid for letting the choices of others sway my own. Thankfully, the first two years of my college course was all general subjects that all courses had to take at the beginning, so I didn’t really waste any time or money.

It was actually my father who one day, after picking me up from the LRT station coming home from school, talked to me about how I felt about my course. I told him I wasn’t enjoying it and if I were to shift courses now would be the right time to do so, but I had no idea what to take up. He suggested I took up fashion design because it was an interest of mine I enjoyed. Why on earth wasn’t I in an arts course, anyway? I’m the type of person who has always dabbled in creativity, and it was where I flourished the most. I always did well in my English, Literature and Art classes. I had always admired the life of fashion designers, stylists, and always purchased fashion magazines. So, I took the plunge and decided to shift to my school’s Fashion Design & Merchandising course. Finally, I was at a course that I enjoyed going to school for, creating works of art, and expressing myself freely and most especially I saw myself as a fashion designer who would eventually design ready to wear pieces for her clients. Towards the end of my FDM course, I started to feel burnt out with fashion and once again started questioning what I was doing. I think the three years of non-stop routine of designing, conceptualizing and producing pieces of clothing got to me. I learned that I was the kind of person who needs a change of scenery once in a while.

It took me another two years since graduating from my fashion design course to pursue my career now as a professional blogger and social media influencer. Why? Well, I was 23 and confused whether I should pursue a real job in fashion or settle for the freelancing life. I constantly had people telling me to try out a job in retail, to make use of my degree, to basically get a 9-to-5 job. This didn’t excite me. I wanted to take control of my own time, be my own boss, that sort of thing. I was finally learning more and more about myself and what kinds of environment I most flourished as a person.

I went to several job interviews, and was offered the jobs and each time they would warn me with: “Are you ready to put your blogging into the backseat? We’ll need you 100% on this.” and with a sinking feeling in my heart I knew I couldn’t abandon it. I was too passionate about blogging. I went into a tiny episode of complete sadness. For days I refused to do anything, to get out of bed, to see people. And then one morning I woke up and finally decided to follow my head and my heart; they were on the same page. I learned to shut out everyone’s opinions and just follow what made me happy. I decided that I would pursue a career in blogging, to build up my blog until I could start living off on it. After that, things immediately started falling into place. My agency, Nuffnang, called me up one day asking me to renew my contract with them but this time I would be part of their Bloggerati program; since then I’ve been getting more work, press/magazine features, ambassadorships, etc. I’m happy, and I’m no longer questioning what I’m doing. Was my three years taking up majors a complete waste of time? Of course not. I do still dream to pursue sometimes in fashion one day. Besides, who says you can only have one career path? ;-)

My Tips on Choosing the Right Career Path:

DO’s:

Do reflect on what career path you want to take in the future. If you are unclear like how I was, list down your interests/hobbies and research which ones you can make a living off of (hint: you can make a living off anything nowadays) and see which you’d be happy doing for a long long time.

Do choose a career that matches your interests, goals, personality and skill set. Sometimes I think I’d do really well as a European Travel Blogger. It mixes my three interests: Europe, Travel and Blogging. Does it fit my personality? Yes, I’m the kind of person who values having a hold over her free time, being spontaneous and learning new things!

Do your research. FutureYou.ph is a great tool to use for researching jobs in the market, which jobs will be in demand after college, and how much the entry-level salaries are, etc.

Do follow what makes you happy. Some people will be swayed to take courses far from their career goals because it’s what their parents want… But what do YOU want? Where will you grow best? Just because Career A’s entry-level salary is 5,000 pesos more than Career B doesn’t automatically mean you go for Career A. Is the difference in salary really worth your happiness in the long run? I personally don’t think so. More importantly, if you’re working on a career you’re not passionate about, won’t it be harder to work your way up? Like they say, work doesn’t feel like work when you love your job.

Do know that there is never a straight road to being successful in your career. It will take failures, lots of them. But don’t let it discourage you.

DONT’s:

Don’t make your boyfriend your whole world, blindly following him around. It’s so easy for 16 year olds to let this happen. I definitely would not be the first one!

Don’t pick a course you think is interesting, and then see what potential careers you could end up with. This is what I did and well, you read my journey!

Don’t let society or the people around you sway your decisions. I know of a lot of people who took up certain courses due to the “in demand” status or how their parents wanted them to earn a lot of money. Some of these people I know ended up burned out, always tired and stuck. Some have even quit their jobs to pursue other things.

What’s FutureYou.ph?

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FutureYou.ph is a website whose goal is to inform high school students with up-to-date information on what jobs are available out there, in the future, as well as how to get them. It’s a website I wish existed 9 years ago, when I was a confused 16 year old who badly needed some guidance with her future. FutureYou.ph provides easy access for researched information on the latest job markets and the best schools for your chosen career paths. 

With FutureYou.ph, you can get the general idea of which jobs are in the market, how much entry-level salary they pay, and which schools will best offer courses that could lead you to your chosen career. They also have a Career Quiz that could help you determine what career choices best fit your personality, skills and interests, as well as videos on tips for choosing the right career path.

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I’ve been privileged enough to not feel the pressure of finding the right job to start earning a living right away to support myself AND my family. I know not everyone has this privilege, so this is why I’m taking my experiences and what I’ve learned to help you figure out what you should do to figure out your future and hopefully figure it out faster than the 9 years it took me!

Had I spent more time getting to know myself rather than making my life all about a boyfriend, or following what society expects of me, I think I would’ve gotten to know myself better. I have no regrets though, all that I went through led me to where I am now, a blogger who gets a chance to write down her experiences and lessons learned, to share with you. :-)

For more information on FutureYou.ph, you may follow them on Instagram & Twitter (@FutureyouPH) or visit them on their website at http://www.futureyou.ph

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for FutureYou.ph. All thoughts, experiences, words, and opinions expressed in this post are solely my own.

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26 Comments

  • Reply William 7 August 2015 at 11:01 pm

    I see that futureyou.ph is very helpful. I’m already in Grade 10, and planning what course to take in college, after I graduate Grade 12 at DBTI-Makati. And I really need to accept the fact that I’m part of the first batch of the K-12 curriculum. ):

    • Reply Camie Juan 7 August 2015 at 11:13 pm

      I think what’s great with this is that you get more time to really figure out what you want to do! Sometimes I still have regrets taking up Tourism, then Fashion… Sometimes I wish I pursued European Studies due to my love for Europe, the different cultures of European countries and their history. And then sometimes I wish I took up Multimedia Arts and stuff! Haha

      FutureYou.ph is a website I wish existed back then, too! At least I’d have an idea the starting salaries for certain jobs, as well as what kind of jobs would be offered in market by the time I graduate, etc etc. Make use of it! :) Good luck :D

  • Reply Rachel Liwanag 7 August 2015 at 11:47 pm

    This is such an interesting post. I’m currently a second year BS Psych student and i have absolutely no idea what would i want to do after i finish my course…

    http://rachelkiml.blogspot.com/

    • Reply Camie Juan 8 August 2015 at 10:51 pm

      I hope FutureYou will help! But also, exploring your interests could help too! What are you into? What excites you? For example, when I was in high school, I found myself trying to sketch clothing, I liked shopping, I liked watching the fashion channel… But I didn’t explore that interest enough to realize it could be my future course! :)

  • Reply Clarie E. 8 August 2015 at 1:33 am

    Very Inspiring Miss Camie! :)

    • Reply Camie Juan 8 August 2015 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks so much Clarie, I’m glad you think so :)

  • Reply YANIE.net 8 August 2015 at 10:34 am

    Hi Ate Camie! I was kind of teary-eyed since I can relate with the past you. I feel I’m trapped in a course that I don’t like, yet I’m already a graduating Accounting student now. There are a lot of times that I thought that I should shift to another course but what held me back is the money already spent for me taking up the course, and subjects that could possibly be not credited if I move to a different program. It’s hard, well I thought before I will be able to accept this reality.

    Another thing is that I think I entered college way too early. PS. I’m just turning 19 tomorrow and I’m already a senior! I just wished a website like futureyou.ph already existed way back or at least now I realized the importance of the K TO 12 system. ;~;

    Now that I’m already I discovered that what I’m really into is writing, but I am also interested with investing (but as of now I have no idea how I will get enough knowledge about it because the school doesn’t offer such thing)

    Nevertheless, you also said “Besides, who says you can only have one career path?”, and also a famous journalist said during one seminar I attended that you don’t need to have a journalism degree or anything in similar to have a career in writing, it’s all about the passion and skills. Robert Kiyosaki, the writer of Rich Dad Poor Dad series once mentioned in his book “Cashflow Quadrant” that PATH SHOULD BE THE GOAL, meaning you shouldn’t be stuck with the career you have, thus it will be better if you have multiple careers to build yourself up.

    It’s too late to shift to another degree because I’ll be graduating in less than a year, so know I’m just trying to make time also aim for the other goals I want in my life.

    This comment is getting too lengthy to so I would just want to say thank you for this wonderful post!
    PS. I tried futureyou.ph and yeah I got creatives industry as first choice lol

    • Reply Camie Juan 8 August 2015 at 11:04 pm

      You know the good thing about graduating early? It gives you time to keep exploring! I graduated when I was 23 haha that made me freak out more. Anyway, accounting just means you’ll be brilliant with money that investing won’t be such a risky business for you ;) you can always keep exploring your other interests too! You can always make use of your degree, as a financial advisor on the side, or something! It doesn’t have to go to complete waste ;) good luck my dear! You’ll figure things out just like I did :)

  • Reply Maicapoopsflowers 8 August 2015 at 11:13 am

    “who says you can only have one career path?” preach on this! I’m taking up Tourism and currently on my last year now. I pretty much enjoyed my journey here since this is one of the industries I want to partake in. But that doesn’t limit me to explore and experience new different things. We create our own paths in life.. Plenty of life’s adventure awaits us all and it’s up to us on how to grab it.

  • Reply Kitty Occeno 8 August 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Hi, Camie! Thank you for this post. Really really really need this right now, and you just kind of saved my life. I’m already twenty so I’m in a position where I need to figure out what I want to do the most because time is ticking, and I have to run. [Instead, I’m still drifting.] I’ve been in a slump for four years now. Already checked futureyou.ph and, I must say, it really helped a lot in narrowing down my options.

  • Reply Robin Faigmane 8 August 2015 at 1:57 pm

    This entry is just mind opening and kinda makes me worry about my future. Lol. Currently i’m an engineering student yet I find myself clinging more into my creative side which somewhat don’t jive in with my course. I like photography and arts but I don’t see them being my “profession” one day. So what i did was i took this course (electronics engineering) and joined orgs like the college paper to express my love with photography and writing. So far i’m still at the verge of discovering my real interests.

  • Reply andreiparas 8 August 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Thank you for this ate camie!! I still don’t know what to take up after Grade 12! This is a big big help!

  • Reply bitsofjoyce 8 August 2015 at 9:28 pm

    It took me years to find out what I really want to do with my life. I used to take up Nursing but then I wasn’t happy, it was like every duty is a burden. Then I shifted to Education and I chose SPED as my major. I am now a SPED teacher in a private school, my work is damn tiring pero I love it and I love helping kids with special needs.
    But I gotta try this futureyou. This sounds fun :) BTW Thank you for being an inspiration, Camie :)

    xoxo

  • Reply Nana 8 August 2015 at 11:32 pm

    This was such an inspirational post Camie :’) It’s really interesting to read about you, who has the total opposite talents/interests as me and your career path. I’ve always sucked at anything art/fashion-related haha. I wish I was more creative like you ;u;

    You are right, “there is never a straight road to being successful in your career”. I want to be a doctor, and most people go straight to medical school after high school/sixth form. But my grades weren’t good enough so I’m currently studying Biomedical Science, and hoping to get into med school after I graduate. Plus I had to repeat a year in high school (long story). So that means it’s gonna take me 4-5 years more than other people to become a doctor T.T

    You have inspired me Camie. Thank you for sharing this :)

    ♥ Nana’s Notebook

  • Reply Alissa 9 August 2015 at 11:57 am

    I wish a website like this were up during my high school years. I regret not really thinking about my future. I’m 23 and I’m a nurse but until now, I’m not being paid. I got the hang of it though and I guess I’m learning to love it. I’m gonna venture on another country and see what I could offer there and maybe I’ll even find a job there that really suits me. After all, nursing is a wide scope course. I’m proud of you Camie for following what your heart desires.

  • Reply beadanise 9 August 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Camie! This is beautiful! I too went through a struggle of figuring out what I want to do. And like you, I have been passionate about blogging since 2009. I just couldn’t maintain it during my college years as I was taking up a course in media production, so I had to take down my blog. I was still confused back then and I didn’t occur to me that it’s what I wanted to do (I also thought that blogging could never be my career). I thought that maybe some time off on blogging might make me fall in love with media productions. But I guess not, our dreams and purpose in life are already written and the only thing left to do is to fulfill that dream. 6 years later (today) while I currently work at a publishing company, writing articles in our magazine made me go back to blogging. That’s when I realized that this was something I could never get out of my system. Bloggin and I are one and I want to pursue it. Going back to blogging made me happier. It’s true that when you love doing something, you always make time for it no matter how busy you are. Now my next step is how I can build up my blog and start working on it as a full time career :)

  • Reply Corinth 9 August 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I enjoyed reading your journey Camie. I also wish I had this website during my highschool/college years! This would have really helped me decide on which path I were to take. I still don’t know exactly what I really want my career to be, but I guess it’s safe to say that I’m happy where I am now. HAHA. I enjoy being a barista and a blogger at the same time. I’m so glad you are now really pursuing what you love to do! So excited for you on your future travels!

  • Reply Jhecel 10 August 2015 at 2:56 pm

    When I enrolled in college I was very undecided what course to take. I’ve decided on the spot that I am taking Mass Communications. The Registrar probably thought that I am trouble. It was my father who influenced my choice. It is hard to escape the people who are used in deciding MY LIFE. Now, that I’ve graduated I’m having a hard time to start looking for a job because my skills and experience does not match with the job I want.

    I wish speakers during our high school career day are better. They should be speaking about THE CAREER not their life. Thanks for this Camie, I’ve tried the site, turned out I am compatible with my other career options. :)

  • Reply thejcycle 10 August 2015 at 6:15 pm

    You, the bomb. As always, you are an inspiration for me Camie. God speed!

  • Reply Alyssa 12 August 2015 at 5:28 pm

    “Don’t pick a course you think is interesting, and then see what potential careers you could end up with.”

    -I’m guilty. I picked my degree in college out of curiosity. I don’t have a clue what career to pursue after I graduated two years ago. Maybe that’s why I don’t enjoy what I do now. I’m not complaining though since it still brings me income. I just think of it as work and not something I want to do in the long run. I do enjoy the company of my coworkers. I just wish that I had the chance to go back to high school and really think about what I want.

    Thanks for posting this! :)

  • Reply AJ 13 August 2015 at 3:49 pm

    I’m currently on my 3rd year in college taking up English only because my parents forced me to pursue this program. I’ve always wanted to take up a Fine Arts, and I’ve only discovered my love for graphic design recently. Sadly, my parents could not afford such expensive programs. This post made me realize that I could still pursue graphic design after I finish my degree in English. “Besides, who says you can only have one career path?” Thank you for this, Ate Camie! Your posts always cheer me up. :-)

  • Reply Jomil Adrielle 17 August 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I am a graduating Economics major and seriously, I don’t know if this course is really for me… Until now I am still “lost” but I got some goals..

    For some reason, your post inspired me… Time to have a me-time to figure things out :)

  • Reply eccentricdamsel 17 December 2015 at 1:31 pm

    This is truly inspiring Camie! This is my first time stalking your blog and I am so happy to come across this. I’ve always loved photography but hesitant to pursue it. This article of yours helped in changing my mind. Thank you so much and continue inspiring people with what you do :)

  • Reply ellainegoes 21 February 2016 at 1:02 am

    Wish I have seen this before! And I wish you have written this 5 years ago! Lol. This will really help young ones on deciding which path to take! Great article! (:

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