“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius

If only it was that easy…When I was 22, like most people, I had no idea what sort of job(s) I’d end up doing during my lifetime.  I started out as a legal secretary (I was so not cut out for following orders all day), taught high school, then shorthand (does that even exist anymore?) at Acadia, became a mom, designed and made toddlers’ clothing for 15 years, did some substitute teaching, and finally, I’m a writer. Which, next to being a mother, is the job I love best. But it took me 30 years to get from new university graduate to here.

Son Liam’s among the many new grads currently roaming the streets of Toronto in pursuit of a career. I’ll be sitting proudly in the audience next week, wiping away a tear or two, as he receives his Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in Accounting from Queen’s University (GPA 3.8, if I’m allowed to brag – since this is my blog, I guess I can:) The job market’s tough – accounting ads calling for fewer than 3-5 years of experience are non-existent, but I know somebody will eventually give him a chance, and his working life will begin. What I hope, is that he finds something early on about which he’s passionate (and that pays well!) My father spent 25 years doing a job he hated, but he had a family to support, and in his day, people stuck with the same job for most of their working lives. Husband Don retires from Horton High at the end of June, after a 32-year teaching career, most of which he’s enjoyed (okay – not 100% of the time). So it’s a time of new beginnings for our family.

In today’s world, young people are probably looking at having at least a handful of different jobs before retirement. One advantage of getting older, is that you gradually come to realize that things most often work out as they should…and that patience is a great virtue. Once again, I give the last word to Dr. Seuss:

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

by

Dr. Seuss

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go…

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About janlcoates

I'm a Nova Scotia children's author. My first picture book, "Rainbows in the Dark", was published in 2005, by Second Story Press. My young adult novel, "A Hare in the Elephant's Trunk" was published in the fall of 2010, by Red Deer Press.
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4 Responses to “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius

  1. Darlene says:

    You must be very proud of your son. He will find meaningful work, of that I’m sure. I am an Employment Counsellor by day (A job I love) and I always advise young people to find a job they look forwrad to going to everyday. Keeping in mind no job is perfect. Love the Dr Suess quote at the end!

  2. janlcoates says:

    Employment Counselling would be an interesting job – I’m constantly in awe of Dr. Seuss’s wisdom. Thanks for reading!

  3. Laura Best says:

    Congratulations to Liam. It is a proud mama moment to sit the the audience when their child graduates. I went through the same last year. So hard for us to think of them as all grown up and wonder just where life will take them. :)

  4. janlcoates says:

    Hope to get together together the week of June 11th, if you have any time off?

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