First and foremost, I need to give a hat tip to Ardent Lee, who calls his bilingual (J/E) blog The Sleeping Sun. He wrote a post last week that struck a chord with me about the painful first steps of trying to get your career started when you don’t have any experience, and the very fact that you don’t have any experience seems to be preventing you from even getting your foot in the door.
It’s graduation season at my university. In addition to wishing our students well, I’ve recently been having conversations with friends and colleagues about our career aspirations and motivations. As a result, Ardent Lee’s post, which he called Job Hunting: An Endless Cycle, came at an interesting time, and made me think back to my original plans when I was a student. I wonder what ‘university-me’ would make of the mid-career life I’m currently living, and my original decision to study Japanese?
So, buckle your seatbelt– it’s story time.