Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.
We asked David McKeown from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:
Find something that you’re passionate about and it will make your life a lot more enjoyable.
What are your interests?
The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
I would have been out of the school system for many years before this opportunity came about so as far as subjects in school go, it would not have been a big factor. However I would say that the skills I gained through life so far have been of immense benefit. My main piece of advice would be to learn from everything you encounter in life and try as much as you can along the way.