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As I type this journal I am currently in two minds. So I've decided to type out my concerns and considerations for the future, in the hopes that some people may want to share their advice, to help me get a more solidified view point on things. So here goes...
For the past four years I have been an operative in the construction industry, doing grounds work for highway maintenance, bricklaying, electrical installation and more, the two latter trades I spent a couple of years developing as a skill in training also. However as I started Electrical Installation at a higher education level this year, I couldn't shake the feeling that I had made a terrible mistake. You see, drawing/art/design, it has always been on my mind.
In the past years I have drawn some great pieces, getting to know new techniques and self taught styles, even introducing myself to new digital art technologies of which I am now so fondly familiar with. It's much more than a hobby, it is in essence my life. I could quite happily invest hours of my time into drawing something new, as not only is it therapeutical to do so, but it is also entertaining, and it is highly enjoyable seeing my work at the finished phase. Not to mention the feedback which pours in from fellow artists and friends/family upon upload of said piece.
The thing is, I've always been more interested in the creative career side of life, not the technical side like engineering and other such jobs. I find the near limitless potential of creativity fascinating, and to be something that easily warrants further exploration. Which is why, effective of 18th November 2013, I have resigned from engineering education in an effort to give my all to succeed in the design world. I did so with much thought too, as once the decision was made there was to be no turning back. I spoke to numerous careers advisors, was pointed to a variety of places to seek work and experience, and have a numerous amount of resources at my disposal.
The path ahead will be paved with voluntary work, practice, determination, paid work, education, training, and more in order to meet my goal and try to procure a place amongst a design career. I know it won't be easy to pursue this particular career path, but at the end of the day, is it not better to try and succeed rather than to simply not try at all and never know? In the event of no success along this route, I could still hold my head up high when all was said and done, and say that I tried; but if I let such a chance slip by without even acknowledging it...that's the kind of decision I would regret for the rest of my life.
It's tough turning your back on something that you've sunk time and money into, but this was a situation where it just felt right to do so. I am no spring chicken now either that's for sure, in truth I can almost feel the hairs on top of my head succumbing to that grey tint that's been sneaking up on me for quite some time. If I don't take the chance now, I am pretty much out of luck. I doubt I'd be able to attempt it in the future from a financial and time requirement perspective.
So I've got a meeting next Thursday regarding which course I'll be starting next September, and another meeting with the careers advisor on Friday, as well as a part time job to find in the mean time and some voluntary work to sign up for. It's going to require lots of time and effort on my part, but at the end of the day I've never been happier. I truly believe that, if I have the tenacity to focus on this path, that I will surely gain from it in the long run! And truly, I've never been happier. I feel almost liberated to finally be able to follow the path where my heart lies, and to have the support of my friends and family to guide me along that way.
I apologise for the overall soppiness of the content I have just written. But I truly fell the happiest that I have felt for the longest time, knowing that next year marks the start of my attempt to pursue my dream career. So if you've anything you'd like to say or add, then I'd love to hear from you!
As always I'll be sure to make time for DevArt/Twitter and Facebook, so expect to see me around just as much as normal, and I'll try to update this journal with the latest news breakthroughs on the design path that I choose to take.
Thanks for your time, and I'll see you next time!