This series of articles were written by Gary Etheridge, Director of Design Strategy for Nestlé Purina North America who studied Furniture & Product Design at Nottingham Trent University. Subject focuses on further education. Mainly advice on what to consider before choosing your further study using our power of vocation strategy.
For many of you finishing school and facing the prospect of what is next, university becomes a viable choice.
However, there are a few things to consider before moving on to the next steps. Hopefully what follows will shine a light on some of the key things to do. As well as how to plan and prepare for your academic adventures.
When you are facing the prospect of leaving school and thinking about what’s next, people tend to view the future from three perspectives.
There are differences between jobs, careers and vocations.
I have actually spent time doing all three and I can tell you, hands down that the most rewarding is finding your vocation. Something I could not have done without a university education.
It was not until about 10 years ago that I realised the power of a vocation. So, I want to talk a little about that. A vocation is as defined by Aristotle “where your talents meet the needs of the world”, so let’s start here – Vocation is what you should be aiming for, not a job, that’s short-term, not a career, that’ll burn you out.
To find out how to find your vocation, check our below guides. This power of vocation series will hopefully help you identify and discover:
The big and most important needs of our world today
Gary is an NTU Alumni Fellow. You can find out more about how to get involved with the Alumni Fellowship Programme here.
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