When things don't work out in your chosen career path, what do you do? Lessons from The Juilliard School…

You may have had a career path you wanted to go, such as a physician, pilot or artist & maybe it is not working out as anticipated, this can be extremely disappointing. Recently, I was looking at some research about The Juilliard School. For those that are not familiar, the Juilliard School is one of the world’s premier music conservatories. Some of the great musicians of our time, have graduated from this school.

In 1994, 44 instrumentalists graduated. Two of the graduates are currently concertmasters with the Metropolitan Opera. Others have moved on to professions such as software engineer, music therapist, insurance underwriter, network engineer & fitness trainer. Gwen Appel who played the clarinet, is now a diamond grader and in sales for Tiffany Jewelers. Nora McIner, trained as violinist is now in PR with Time-Warner Inc. Nora shared “there was a ton of hours & sacrifice to get where I was, at a certain point you have to decide is this what I want?” 


Many students at Juilliard learned that it takes more than talent to be successful full-time musician. Nora and Gwen are living a different life than they expected, both still play, but only as amateurs. Most graduates have moved beyond their identity as a musician, while others have had a difficult time in the transition. Juilliard’s president shared, “They come in at the age of 18, talented and focused, but at the same time they are becoming young adults and finding themselves in ways that may not have anything to do with music. We provide the tools and the experience, however there are no guarantees.”


No matter how talented you are, there are many issues that come with the career journey. It is important to constantly allow yourself not to get too attached to a particular path or job title. Allow yourself, to evolve and grow both personally and professionally. 


Listen to my podcast with Andrew Stewart, who moved from practising as  a lawyer to professional opera singer.  Click here.


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Oh the places you’ll go! 


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