To choose a profession at the age of 17 and love it all my life - alas, not everyone can do it. But to recognize that the path is wrong, and to decide to radically change their lives, and at all succeeds units. But how many crises can be avoided, if you believe it: everything is possible. We talked with people who believed and ventured to start all over again.
Studied as a philologist, but became a designer
- I always painted, first at home (on the wallpaper in the apartment), then in the art studio, then in the art school.
As I remember now: I am preparing to enter a hudgraf, but at the last moment I change my mind and enter the philological faculty. It was a conscious choice: I decided that I want to get a good humanitarian education. In addition, I wanted to be like my grandfather - a brilliant philologist who seemed to know the answer to any question from the field of literature, history and art. At university, I became interested in journalism. She directed the press service of the faculty, practiced on television, wrote articles for youth magazines.
But the craving for drawing did not disappear. To satisfy creative hunger, I made posters for faculty events. One evening I sat down to make up another layout - the work was painstaking, it seemed like two hours had passed, when suddenly the bell rang. I was surprised: who is it so late? I picked up the phone and saw that it was ringing the alarm, and on the clock - six in the morning. Then I realized: the design process captures me so much that I literally lose my sense of time.
From that time on, I deliberately looked for work as a designer. With little or no experience, they took me to a publishing house, where I got a powerful base, versty magazine and newspaper pages. In the last year I got a job as a full-time designer in one company, and then an unforgettable time awaited me at an advertising agency. Six months ago, I moved to Moscow and now I’m starting to master the design of interfaces. I was always lucky with mentors.
Great luck getting into a strong team or a good leader. I have never regretted my "useless" diploma of humanities. I feel the text perfectly and know how to “make friends” with the picture. For several years as a journalist, I learned to work with information. A sense of language helps create interesting new images.
True, an understanding of the steepness of cross-competencies did not come immediately. For a long time I felt like an imposter, I felt very awkward when I called myself a designer (as if I had no right to do this). It seemed that those who graduated from the faculty of design were real designers, but I didn’t, because I don’t have any sacred knowledge that the guys received at the university. But once in an interview with one of my favorite masters, Dima Barbanel, I read: "It is important for a good designer to take a powerful course in applied linguistics." It turned out that I possessed sacred knowledge! Then there was confidence and understanding that a university diploma does not solve much.
Last year he left his post art director in advertising production and became an alpine skiing and roller-ski instructor
- Well, how is mine? Fine? - the grandfather asks. With his grandson Alexander, a boy of four, we just went down the mountain after the second lesson.
- Let him tell you, - I answer with a smile.
The boy starts excitedly telling how cool he started to turn and how fast we “drove” along the Krylatsky hills. Then comes the farewell, but the kid clearly does not want to remove the skis.
- We will come again, says the grandfather.
- Yeah, in the evening! Sasha shouts and grabs my hand. - And will we jump again from the jumps?
- Of course, only carefully. Take care of yourself. And come in two days, let your legs rest, - I finish the conversation.
Analysis of sensations: this is the seventh lesson of the day, I'm almost dead, and I’m ... awesome!
In the evening, completely exhausted, I think about what I lost when I left the office. Contact with beautiful people? Maybe.
But with them you can maintain a relationship. In advertising agencies there is always a place for envy and undercover fights. The wider the structure, the greater the undercover struggle. Masters of this sport win there, but not masters of their craft. Anything else? Stability? A coffee machine? Small talks? Folds on the stomach and neck? Scoliosis? Dreams about starting next week at the gym? Or that I will go to Stepanovo or Sorochany and drive along the slopes? No, it didn’t work again! We must do the “work of a lifetime” at night — to create a presentation on the topic of the commercial breakthrough of a global brand (some “MosHydroPushnina” - yeah, these products definitely save nature and give children joy and health).
Show at eight in the morning? What are you? And who will watch? Not my dog business? Okay What, can I order pizza at three in the morning? Class. What? Do not go home to sleep? Any comments? The brief is inaccurate? Show them at nine? Not my dog business? Tell me more about this, maybe I will do everything perfectly the first time. Have experience. Do not get into the bottle? Okay, I’m not climbing.
At first I believed, hoped, burned.
I thought maybe something was wrong with me - I need to work more. So what have I lost? Booth or kennel? Strict collar? A bowl of sour food? It's not my dog thing, is it?
I was a sound engineer, then I went into trade, from there I returned to work with sound, and now I am studying to be a psychiatrist
- By the end of school I realized that I was attracted to psychology. I tried to enter psychology twice, but failed examinations both times. I had to go into the army. After serving, he decided to enter social pedagogy - such a hybrid of sociology, pedagogy and psychology.
After the first course, I realized that this was not mine, then it was difficult for me to work with people. But by then I had the opportunity to do what I loved since childhood - to work with sound. I got a job at a phonogram restoration studio. It was difficult to combine study and work. In addition, I had to urgently learn the basics of sound engineering - the benefit was the Internet at work, and I could study online.
I was interested, and I quickly began to grow in the profession. I learned to work in the studio, record and mix music, “drive” concerts, make sound on big holidays, work on live broadcasts in news programs, make sound for games. But once I thought about the fact that I can do nothing but work with sound. Well, if I start to lose my hearing? What then? I already had a couple of auditory injuries from processing. In general, I decided to change the scope of activity.
I started working for a company that sold and installed sound equipment. The hardest part was learning how to work under conditions of permanent stress, phoning customers - it was just hell. It was necessary to tighten our knowledge of engineering, to develop systems, their location, to go to the installation and commissioning. Later I got a job as a sales manager for industrial transformers. Again, “cold” and “hot” calls, half-mafia layouts, kosoboky Russian business.
The only good thing was that due to constant work I did not have time to spend money. As a result, when I quit, I earned enough for six months of a quiet life. In these six months, I realized: there is nothing to do with what the heart does not lie to, and began to look for an opportunity to return to the profession of sound engineer.
To get started, I got a job as a sound engineer on the set of the series. The work on the site has its own specifics - physically, it is quite heavy.
However, this was offset by the fact that the film crew was close-knit and friendly. Yes, and new skills have appeared. But the real return to the profession happened only when I got a job as a sound engineer in the advertising production of one of the agencies. This is where my second birth happened. Advertising is the realm of constant rush, nerves, the need to find a compromise with a variety of people.
I became much more stress-resistant and disciplined.
Here it would be possible to put an end to it, but as a result of rather difficult life circumstances, I became interested in gestalt psychotherapy. He became so interested that in parallel with the main work he began to study as a psychotherapist. Thus, my hobbies made a full circle. Let's see what will happen next.
By education - a track engineer messages. Works as an editing director in advertising
- When I entered the university, I didn’t really understand who I should be in the end. I did not feel any calling, did not think from childhood - I want to become a doctor, I want to become an astronaut (although I still want to become an astronaut).I went to the university on the principle of "becoming an engineer, so that specialization was wider, and then choose what I liked." As a result, he entered the engineer of communications by specialty "locomotives".
On the third course, when special subjects went, I realized that I was not at all interested in my specialty. Science - yes, but lying under a locomotive with a key of 55 after receiving the "tower" - no. Therefore, after graduation, I had no idea where to go. He worked for a couple of months at the bank, and then by chance I met a friend who was just working as a video editor. Before that, I had already tried a little to edit the video and thought it might be interesting.
I found the contacts of the television company and phoned the director. I was accepted for an unpaid internship, but I agreed, because I did not like the job at the bank at all. Do not climb under a diesel locomotive!
I quickly studied, and after three or four weeks I was hired. And three years later, when the television company began to die slowly, I left Omsk, as planned, and began to work in advertising. The most difficult was probably training.
It seems to me that for a person without special education and experience, from the very beginning I did pretty well. And over time it began to turn out even better. It's only the beginning! Now I am trying to master new software and various editing techniques, plus I am developing in parallel in related fields, such as compositing, 2D and 3D animation. I regret only that I did not start programming from the university, it seems to me that I have the ability to do this, but now there is much less time for self-education. I hope this will be a new chapter in my career.
From PR to the software operator providing
- My path began with the firm belief that I had already found myself. In the 11th grade, everything seemed simple and clear. An imaginative sports fan should do journalism or PR. I imagined myself in clogged stadiums with a microphone in my hands or in the boxes of a racing team, discouraging a tired pilot from tricky press issues. Already breathtaking when I remember.
But everything could not be so smooth. During my studies, I began to realize that my interests were changing, and my character traits did not fit the profession at all. I eschewed people more than ran towards them. That is why I decided to choose another sphere - a sphere where you can create without personal contact with the audience. Three simple letters are SMM.
For almost a year I ingloriously tried to fashion, by hook or by crook, a specialist in this field, but, alas, in vain. Sales were growing, statistics were clearly on my side, but I did not feel any enthusiasm about this. It felt like every day I step over myself. At first it was like a who’s whom game, and then it’s just boring. And when the nerves were at the limit, I decided to change everything.
Now I work with computer programs, algorithms, regulations.And you know, this activity inspires me. Yes, it has more scope and limitations, I have to learn a lot and clearly follow the instructions. But I like this damn thing. I don’t argue, the transition was difficult.
I came with a completely clean head and started from scratch. Every evening I systematized new knowledge and rejoiced as a child when understanding came. Plus, I was always surrounded by people who were ready to help. Thanks to them, I "swam out".
Now the IT sphere is rapidly gaining momentum, and I'm glad that I found my place in it.
Perhaps this is not my last stop on the path to choosing a profession, but I will definitely stay here.