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Q&A: Student Career Planning, Exploration vs. Exploitation & Navigating Uncertainty Across First Job, Passion & Mid-life Crisis
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“It's nice to feel the anxiety and nervousness. Don't penalize yourself for telling people that you feel uncertain. It's not a popular emotion to share out loud, but I challenge you to feel it and take action because its purpose is to solidify certainty. Do the bound exploration pathing, the butterfly testing, and the experiments. When you do those things, you don’t only acknowledge your feeling of uncertainty, but you are also solving it.” - Jeremy Au, BRAVE Southeast Asia Tech Podcast Host
“Half of the folks who have midlife crises already had the signals all the way back at university or at their first job but they kept brushing it off. It’s been happening for a long time, but it wasn't allowed to be felt. They end up being locked into that path they don't like and then they have to do a rupture move where they jump entirely to a different path. You can save yourself the pain of a midlife crisis by being in touch with your feelings, the tribe you want to be with, and the lifestyle you want to build, and acknowledging and accepting the trade-offs of that passion or hobby. Go out there and slowly build the life that you want. You can have a happy life no matter what role you have.” - Jeremy Au, BRAVE Southeast Asia Tech Podcast Host
“It's much harder to explore careers when you're 50 years old. It’s more ideal and socially acceptable to do that when you're in your 20s. You’d want to create a very bounded exploration path. You have more energy, and fewer obligations in terms of family and salary, and you are part of a tribe where everyone’s doing the same thing. People expect you to explore new geographies, and do different things, and you don't get penalized for it.” - Jeremy Au, BRAVE Southeast Asia Tech Podcast Host
In their discussion, Jeremy Au and Adriel Yong offer valuable insights for individuals seeking personal fulfillment and making career choices. They advise approaching career decisions as a series of experiments and being open to exploring different paths. Rather than getting locked into a job that doesn't align with one's true passions and values, they suggest embracing feelings of uncertainty and seeking diverse perspectives from a wide range of people.
Jeremy stresses the importance of gathering insights from various individuals before committing to a particular path, particularly for university graduates. The speakers highlight that uncertainty is a signal for change and growth, and individuals should acknowledge and discuss this openly. They both caution against ignoring early signals of dissatisfaction and emphasize the significance of pursuing personal happiness and fulfillment over external expectations. By gradually experimenting and exploring different options, individuals can potentially save themselves from drastic career changes or midlife crises down the line.
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