My guest this episode is Writer and Speaker, Emma Rosen. A high achiever academically, Emma progressed through school and university with the necessary grades and experience to land her dream role on the Civil Service’s prestigious Graduate Scheme.
Within two weeks she knew it wasn’t for her. After a year, something had to change so she wrote a list of all the jobs she’d dreamed of doing growing up. Just before her 24th birthday, she quit her job to embark on – what she called – a radical sabbatical. Her aim: to try 25 careers before she turned 25, through shadowing, work experience and ‘just giving things a go’.
From archaeology in Transylvania, tour guiding amid violent protests in Venezuela to being an extra in a major movie, Emma gained invaluable insight into both herself and the modern workplace. Emma now works as a writer and speaker, focusing on millennials in the workforce. She specialises in promoting portfolio careers and alternative ways of working; advocating for more diverse careers education for young people, with a far greater emphasis on work experience.
Emma is a girl after my own heart. It's not often I meet someone else who has tried as many careers as I have. I love the fact that she wears it as a badge of honour, and not something to be ashamed of. As Emma says, it's not often we marry the first person we date, so why do we so often stick in a long monogamous relationship with the first career we try out too?
We talk all about Emma's childhood dreams and how her early choices were defined by experimentation and keeping her interests as broad as possible - something that she now celebrates in her current career. She explains how what she thought to be her 'dream job' at the Civil Service quickly turned into quite the opposite, and how she set about having a 'radical sabbatical' to try and work out what she really wanted. Emma tells me all about this year and the 25 jobs she did in one year, before she turned 25\. She also dishes out plenty of fantastic advice for Millennials in the workplace.
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