Last week, the Alternative Careers Society hosted our first event of 2017, ARTernative Careers in conjunction with LSESU Visual Arts Society. We would like to thank all of our lovely speakers to shared their insights with us and to everyone who attended as well! To find out more about our guests for the evening, please see our previous event blogpost here. If you missed our event, here are a few main points from the session.
1. All experiences are good experiences
For all of our speakers, none of them had thought about working in the sector they currently are in now. It was only after undertaking different experiences, both related and unrelated to their professions, that they found the work they’re currently investing themselves in at the moment. From being the Managing Director of Christie’s to working in Interior Design, it was their academic study, summer work experiences, and internships which opened up doors for them.
2. You have to start somewhere
In an industry that is traditionally seen as exclusive, sometimes, you have to take a step back before you and take a step forward. For Jagdip Jagpal, she had to weave her way through jobs and projects before her current job now as a freelance consultant, collaborating on projects with the woman who is predicted to be Tate London’s next Director. Having been awarded his PhD in Law and worked extensively in the Legal Sector, Dirk Boll took on a role he was overqualified for as a researcher at Christie’s before becoming Managing Director. If there’s a career you’re interest in, just pursue it. Your hard work and determination will manifest itself with a bit of patience and luck too.
3. Have side hustles to propel you to the next step
Always plan ahead: think about where you want to be in a few years time and decide what you can be doing now to reach that goal. Don’t underestimate the power of short courses if it provides you with a skill that puts you ahead of the crowd. Vishal Kumar, in the pursuit to ‘make data sexy’, he’s enrolled himself to coding courses in London and online on Udacity. For Karolina Walewska, it was during her work in a high-end department store working in the toy department that encouraged her to enter into the luxury market. The path may not be straightforward, but achieving your goal, through your merit is the most rewarding feeling.
4. Your future job doesn’t even exist yet
With rapid technological advancement and the increasing diversification of jobs, your future career is only just in the works. The panel reminded us to pursue your passion and make the most of reaching your goals. If you continuously strive towards your own dreams, not only will you end up working at a place you’ll thoroughly enjoy, you may even create your own job – much like how Jagpal and Walewska are both running their own businesses.