In my early 20s, I aspired to work at a top advertising agency cranking out Super Bowl commercials. But now in my 30s, I’m teaching 7th graders. So what happened?
I did get what I wanted. I got the accounting executive/copy writer job at an agency. Not one of the top ones. Definitely not churning out Super Bowl commercials. My naive college self thought I would end up with my dream job right out of graduation. The dream job didn’t happen, but it was a job in the field I wanted and I was doing what I wanted to do. I felt that was a good start. Still an ad agency. Still creating ads.
But after a while, I felt like I was putting out more noise into the world. Reflecting on my own media habits, I consistently and constantly skip commercials. Wasn’t I just pushing out more of what I disliked out into the world? Also, how many different ways can I say “innovative” in a press release? And clients..ugh clients. More often than not, I had to revise and revamp a campaign until it no longer felt creative & catchy. My clients wanted something that was tried and true, but in other words, rather boring.
At the time, I was tutoring a 4th grader once a week for an hour. I created games and activities to help her learn and gradually, I spent more and more of my time planning for our weekly sessions. I realized that my creative energy could be used toward something more rewarding than a stamp of approval from my clients.
With a change of heart, I quit my job as an account executive. I went back to get my teacher credential and I never looked back.