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A Chance I Didn’t Take #FridayReflections

There was once a chance I didn’t take. Yes, back when I finished college, I wanted to be a journalist. But somehow I didn’t seem to have the guts to pursue that. I was ‘impressed’ by someone who told me how hard it was – and I gave up too easily. Maybe, I would have been a good journalist – who knows?

A Chance I Didn’t Take?

Do I have regrets about this? We all have regrets, but deep within I’m very happy at the place I am right now. And I’m here writing. aren’t I? That’s what I liked about being a journalist – the writing. However, I took the long road to doing this – a long sometimes hard, but never boring road. I worked for two tyre companies as a secretary to the branch managers  – although I didn’t know shorthand and was just learning to type! Both offered me permanent jobs, which I didn’t take.  I then moved to a start-up project of a hotel from a well-respected chain  – worked in the HR Department as an Assistant. I got an offer to be trained at their School of Management but the hospitality industry was not my cup of tea. I then moved to a Bank – stayed for seven years – enjoyed it. Then opted out…..Moved to an NGO, then did my Masters in English! Moved then to teaching and then on to training – worked in another multinational bank and then set up my own training company.

The story goes on – I kept reinventing myself…and enjoyed each new avatar. So here I am now an ex-banker, an ex-teacher, a training professional and magically – a writer. Life comes the full circle, doesn’t it?

Somewhere down the line I’ve realized that everyone of these experiences, or shall we call them experiments, have taught me a lot – about the world, about myself, skills………

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Prompts for 15th June 2018 are:

1. She was a summer storm- wild and unexpected and transient (via Let’s Write)
2. “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
3. Via Corinne Rodrigues

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  1. Ness Ness June 18, 2018

    Wow. You’re amazing. I tend to resist change. It’s the aspie in me. I’m getting better, but not at your level!

  2. Suzy Suzy June 17, 2018

    You have such wide reaching skills Corinne. Sometimes a chance you didn’t take has a way of coming back to you in a different way, if it’s meant to be.

  3. Vinitha Vinitha June 16, 2018

    Wow, what a journey you had so far, Corinne! These different experiences teach and enrich our lives in ways we could never imagine, right? Here I am sulking about not having a definite career path – who knows, maybe, years later I would look back with gratitude for the varying experiences these jobs bestowed me with!

  4. Lata Sunil Lata Sunil June 15, 2018

    Phew! That is quite a career graph. When I compare to my job to this, its really colorful 🙂

  5. Aesha Shah Aesha Shah June 15, 2018

    I started my career being a call centre executive while pursuing my masters in commerce. Then I took up teaching. After teaching primary classes, I again took a break to study education. Got my degree and went on to teach in higher secondary classes. Each experience taught me something. But I didn’t realise that until I took up writing. Until I started blogging and reflecting on my life, I had believed that i hadn’t used my time and my years productively. But now I know those years at taking those calls to assist people with internet & those years of teaching gave me an experience to blog. I had technical knowledge and had parenting, teaching experiences to share. So indeed everything that one does , helps them in life at some point.
    This post of yours indeed made me reflect on my own life and look at future with positivity.

  6. BellyBytes BellyBytes June 15, 2018

    Hey Corinne your career path seems to reflect mine – a new avatar every now and then and finally reverting to the original. I still haven’t cemented it though – I still want to do a course in English Literature and Creative Writing because I still feel I need to polish up the gaucheness.
    But am glad to know I’m not the only experimenter in this world !
    It’s fun to reinvent rather than stick in a rut .

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