09 Apr Stop Being Lazy by Going to Grad School: There is more than ONE Blueprint
It is sad state of affairs we are all in. Kids graduating with mountains of debt, no jobs or at least no good jobs, or perhaps we should say – jobs, that if available, are probably ill suited for them anyway – but nobody mentions this, not a soul, not the teacher – even the champion ones (he/she doesn’t necessary play in the outside make money real world), most likely not their well intentioned, yet ill prepared mother on the subject (she loves you but certainly had a different blueprint offered to her in her time), and sure as shit not that beloved career counselor who is going to spend three sessions with you before he answers a question that resembles something that isn’t completely generic that was offered to the 10 other kids he saw that day.
How We Got There
Laziness? Escapism? Well – not necessarily, but we can see a whole other set of options if we choose to open our minds a bit more on the subject and think a bit bigger on this important, life determining matter. Your parents, God bless their little souls, weren’t able to travel half way around the world, have a video chat on Skype with a client on the other side of the planet for …free. They didn’t have virtual support networks, friends in 20 different countries (unless they were a diplomat) and endless amounts of information for …free. They lived in a different time with different rules to the game. They were indoctrinated with the typical guidance that you all got and merrily passed that blueprint to you. It is sage wisdom that is bestowed upon all kids growing up, at least in the West – Go to the best school, study hard, get good grades, and voila! You get respectable job that you love and your friends and family welcome you into the respectable job club. Now it is time to climb that ladder for 40 years to collect all the necessary accruements – namely babies, marriage, cars, mortgages, mid-life crisis, divorce, alimony etc. And you have arrived.
Or maybe there was a hiccup in the road. The economy went south. It was out of your control and you couldn’t land that respectable job? Oh well then you must not be educated enough, go and get another degree (and loan). Want to make a career change? Guess you will need to go back to school for that too. Sign here for that loan check. You make a decision in the blink of a moment that will be tied to you for the next 40 years. It is called an unforgivable loan and chains you to that one blueprint for the rest of the game.
Or maybe. Just maybe. We can try on a few shoes before we whip out the credit card and add more debit to fix our problems.
There is More than One Blueprint
But what if I told you, you had another blue print available? One that was of a masterful design of your choosing. Some might call it Lifestyle Design. It could involve all the aforementioned things, the white picket fence, labradors, grad schools and all that jazz, but it could also involve soul searching travel coupled with some experience collecting, if that’s your bag. Some make their blueprint into a life of travel, hopping from one destination to the next, hustling online. Some might call them digital nomads. Web design, programming, travel blogging, copy-editing. But there are other options. Not every blueprint is part of the make money online craze that ravages the internet these days. There are blueprints that involve teaching – whether that be English or perhaps another subject more close to your heart at international schools or universities…there are blueprints that involve adventure under the sea, ones that involve working on resorts all over the world, ones that working with sick animals or taking care of children that an American celebrity hasn’t adopted yet. Some blueprint involve Peace Corps and volunteering in projects they believe in that aren’t necessarily a career ladder stepping stone.
Few stopped to mention about the journey being the reward and that maybe the rules to the game weren’t the same as they once were. The going back to school without having a plan and a pre-selected purpose to it was a pretty shitty blueprint. Especially cause that blueprint, has consequences you can’t walk away from (remember that unforgivable loan?) and limits your ability to choose another blueprint should you change your mind.
Point being – I just wanted to let you know that there are other blueprints. Ones that you can consciously choose that don’t necessarily involve signing up for another 2 year higher education course and piling on more debit because you haven’t decided what you want yet. Escapism by outsourcing your decision making to the blueprint that is most famous and doesn’t require you to answer the longer term questions of what you want and what do you love – is a perilous and downright lazy path to go down.
It is okay not know what you want just yet. Just keep in mind – that it is okay to try out another blueprint.