The past few weeks have been really hectic; exams, projects, deadlines, appointments, traveling among other things. In one of our courses we were assigned to write a paper, reflecting and connecting the course content to personal experiences. Since then the topic has been on my mind quite a lot. Therefore I wanted to share my thoughts on career choice with you. Why do we do what we do?
Since childhood I have been interested in the aesthetic beauty of the world. I have noticed the smallest details and I could spend hours admiring and playing with the simplest things. The world was a constant source of wonder. Today, I still live in the same incredible world, but I often do not pay much attention to things. The constant development means that we are becoming more and more accustomed to our ever changing environment. However, this does not mean that we can not return to a state where we can appreciate the immense beauty we usually take for granted.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever”
– Steve Jobs
My interest in the aesthetic and creative process has later become an expression for my passion for fashion. Although fashion has long been a career choice for me, I chose to study economics first and so began my studies at the Stockholm School of Economics. I am sure my education will benefit me in my career, regardless of where I will be in the future. My idea is that I can apply the skills and knowledge I take with me to have a positive impact on the future, which also benefits others, beyond myself. The above-mentioned quote from Steve Jobs has been a guide to me. Being able to rely on my gut and doing what feels right for myself. Doing it, however, is not always as easy as it sounds. Through life we encounter many obstacles and difficulties, so it is very important to stop and reflect on where you are.
Fashion and textiles are the second most polluting industry, after oil. Our planet and its resources are threatened by every step in a garment’s life cycle. According to figures from TEKO, the fashion industry accounted for 11% of Swedish exports in 2015, which corresponds to approximately SEK 207 billion. Furthermore, growth in the fashion industry grew more than for all sectors in Sweden. The biggest cause of environmental degradation is the fact that we consume resources at an untenable rate. We need to work to find solutions that do not compromise the environment. As consumers, we can make a huge difference, but it is important to be aware of our choices.
Values are the things in life every one considers to be important. When it comes to work, values are what give the purpose of work in the eyes of the individual. The effort, dedication and motivation that a person gives to a job is usually directly proportional to the values perceived in it. Valuation-based decision making thus means understanding what is most important to oneself and then integrating it into daily life. This, of course, also leads to a more fulfilling career. To help identify values and as a career guidance guide, several tools and theories are available. After all, the most important is to be true to oneself and to trust in ones gut.