Your path in life seems to be set down for you before you even start out. There are some simple choices you have to make along the way which affect the career you go into or where you end up living for example but for the majority of us the basic structure is pretty much set in stone:
- Go to school and then possibly on to university. You are told to make the most of your time at school as it is the most enjoyable part of your life.
- Obtain enough qualifications to start in the career of your choice. Depending on your chosen career path sometimes qualifications aren’t required.
- Start at some low level job. You might be able to jump ahead a few steps if you get good enough qualifications.
- Move up the career ladder. This will probably involve harder work and possibly longer hours but you will be rewarded with a little bit more money.
- Reach the highest level on the ladder you feel capable of. There will be a point where you have to decide whether or not the next step up may be too much, whether it be too stressfull, or simply not worth it for the extra money.
- Retire. Once you have been working for however many years you are supposed to retire and only then start enjoying life.
Is this truly the case? Looking back at the comments about school being the best time of your life suggests that there may not be so much enjoyment in the latter half of this list…