Role Models, Restlessness and moving beyond Naivety

by Anna Blanch on April 19, 2011

There was a certain amount of pointlessness that was compounded by a feeling of being trapped. The pointlessness came from having enough experience in the job to recognise that it wasn’t as satisfying as I thought it would be. You naively make assumptions about a specific career path. Then you get to that point where it doesn’t live up to expectations, so you stop aspiring to make progress. You look at your role models further up the food chain and realise you don’t want to be like them. Suddenly that path looks very unattractive.
Matt Ma quoted in “Quitting time” in The Australian’s The Deal magazine.
This might go some way towards explaining my tendency towards restlessness.

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  • Steve S.

    I think it's wise to choose one's vocation (partly) based on one's observation of those at the middle and top of the ladder in the prospective field. I first got the idea that I wanted to teach at the college level by observing some of my best teachers in my first year of college. "That looks like fun," I thought. "I could probably get an MA in something." Then, when I got to graduate school, I was able to take a good look at my best profs and see that, yes, I did indeed want to do what they were doing. So now I've graduated and am having the time of my life in my new career. It doesn't work out that way for everyone, but Matt Ma is absolutely right one should take a good look at those people who are a long way up one's prospective career ladder.

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