November 20, 2008
Why does one become what one has become? Chance? Fate? Now, if there were a parallel universe where I could have an alternative career, I’d be an Assyriologist.
After university, clueless about my future career, and too green to know what I now know, which is that careers are things that happen to you, I went with a couple of friends for vocational guidance. We were set a barrage of ridiculous questions. Would you rather be a ballet dancer or a bishop? was one I remember with particular joy. The upshot? My squeamish vegetarian friend was advised to go into taxidermy, and the other one to take up bee-keeping – she has a phobia about...