Careers thoughts can creep up on you in the most unexpected places – I went to see the film Brooklyn over the weekend. It’s a beautifully observed film about emigration from Ireland to the United States in the 1950’s. If you think that’s not relevant to you, think again. The film explores different factors that affect and influence our career decision making: the main character Eilis looks set to follow the same career path and way of life of her family and community, however, circumstances propel her into a completely different environment as an immigrant to Brooklyn in the United States. Here she begins to forge a different life and career. On a visit to back to Ireland Eilis faces a difficult decision about where she sees her future. My careers thoughts from the film? Taking time to gain a reflective stance on our career decision making and gaining an understanding of the different influences that shape our decisions will help us create the careers we want. Oh, and having courage to explore new ideas and ways of living.
What factors are driving your career decision making?
– Kate Woods, Careers Consultant, UCL Careers