I’m grateful for many things in my life, among them, the fact that I did not get a job in the CAD field that I went to school for. It may seem counter productive to go to the Pittsburgh Technical Institute (PTI) for two years , graduate with an Associates in Science Degree, and be grateful not to get a job! In retrospect If this had not occurred I would never of realized that being a professional artist was my true career path.
To help you better understand my stance on this issue, let me start from beginning.
Right out of high school, in 2009, I decided to go to the Pittsburgh Technical Institute (PTI) and enrolled in the two-year CAD program. I attended both years and graduated with an Associates in Science Degree. Prior to graduation all students were required to complete a six-week internship at the company of their choosing, I ended up interning at Siemens. Throughout this experience I learned many lessons including the value of a good work ethic, time management skills, and that a nine to five job does not agree with me.When school life was over and the internship ended, with no job offer, I had to venture into the real world to find a job. After about twelve months of searching I could not get hired anywhere due to my “lack of experience”. After all the failures, and frustrations of job searching I finally said to myself “This is ridiculous, I quit!”, and decided to take a different career path. I decided to go down the path of a professional artist.
In life the goals you set for yourself are not set in stone, but rather they are fluid and forever changing, I discovered this in my own life. Rewriting my goals was the best choice I ever made. Now I am happily running my website/blog ArtBalanced.com. I am not currently making any income from this venture, but as Theodore Roosevelt said “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” To me this means if I work hard enough, and long enough my goals will eventually come true.
- Matthew Dickun
- Theodore Roosevelt