“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” ― Aristotle
Life is a stepladder. When you leave primary school, you’re faced with the dilemmas of what high school to attend. Do I follow my friends? Do I apply for a selective school? During high school, you’re faced with the choices of work, or education? Or even subject choice. Art or music? Sport or mathematics? When you complete high school, do you follow the crowd and go to university? If so, what university? What degree? Should I travel? At the end of the ladder, at the conclusion of university, you come face-to-face with a realisation; working for the next 40 years is your life. Lucky for me, I have studied and found a job in an industry that I love, a competitive and innovative workplace, which challenges a wide variety of simple notions. Competition, adaptability, enthusiasm, expectation, growth…concepts which definitely proved me wrong as my education continues all day, every day as a full-time employee. Walking into the Criterion Conferences office for the first time, I met my competition, which immediately forced me to question myself. Am I dressed appropriately? Should I talk like them? I should have printed out that document… continuous assumptions and expectations. Not much time later and I have gained so much that all these assumptions and expectations have become void. Not only is my professional knowledge expanding everyday, my attendance at the ‘Implementing Disability Reforms’ conference enlightened my general perceptions and allowed me to consider issues in a different light and on an alternate level. It is safe to say that I am not a morning person, never have been. But the countless interviews, assignments and pressures that led me to where I am have proved worth it. The 6am starts and the 7pm return home is more than bearable. Every day I am exposed to the positive (yet competitive) atmosphere of Criterion, contributing to innovative campaigns which tackle and address modern issues. Coupled with the friendly competitive vibe of the office, a week in the life of a fresh Criterion employee has exceeded my expectations in more ways than one. If I could rewind the clock and visit the primary school me, I’d pat myself on the back and say “don’t worry, it’s all going to work out.” Moral of the story here is the smaller choices don’t really matter when you consider them in the big picture. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and your choices will eventually lead you to where you’re meant to be.