Chasing and changing dreams – choosing a master

Chasing and changing dreams – choosing a master

Last year I finished my bachelor in International Business Administration and as you may know I’m currently taking a gap year (which I’m really enjoying). I am definitely planning to go back to studying though after the summer and its time to really start making decisions on what I want to do, which has turned out to be more interesting than I thought.

Last week I went to a master’s evening at the University of Amsterdam, but before I get in to how that went I should probably tell you a little bit more back story. Ever since I was young I’ve always been really interested in the performing arts. Dancing has been my biggest passion since I was little and also singing and musical theatre have always been a big part of my life. When I was around 15 I decided that I would love to combine my passion for performing arts with my interest in business and came up with the idea that I wanted to work in the entertainment industry. For example, at a record label or as an artist or tour manager. I eventually decided I really wanted to go to university and chose to study International Business Administration, because it would give me a good broad bases from which I could specialize more into the entertainment industry later.

However, in the past year or so I started having more and more doubts. I’m still really interested in the business side of the entertainment industry, but do I really want to work at a larger record company or management firm? A few months ago Youtuber Alfie Deyes aka Pointlessblog said something in one of his vlogs that really stuck with me. He said something about that some people are okay working on other people’s visions (so for an employer), while others need to work on their own vision to be happy. I think I’m definitely one of those people that has the urge to work on their own vision and thus be my own boss. I feel more and more that I’m an entrepreneur and that I’m not sure if I’ll be happy working for an employer the rest of my life.

My future hometown

About a year or so ago I found a master at the University of Amsterdam, which seemed to fit me great. It is called MSc Business Administration and then I would choose the track ‘management and entrepreneurship in the creative industries’. Ever since I found out about this master it has been my plan to study it. So, last week I went to the master evening, just to get a little more feeling for the university and to get reinsured that this is indeed the perfect program for me. As the university is about 2 hours driving from where I currently live, I figured it would be nice to also sign up for some other master information sessions, just so I wouldn’t be driving all the way there just for an hour. And maybe by now you can guess what is gonna happen… I actually liked one of the other masters better.

The Master of Entrepreneurship is the one that stole my heart. It was the first information session we visited and after it was over my dad and I looked at I each other and we were both like: ‘Wow, this is really cool.’ We later of course did go to the master I had sat my mind upon about a year ago. It turned out that the creative industries program is indeed perfectly fit for anyone wanting to work in the entertainment industry, but it just is not fit for me anymore. Right afterwards I was so confused, I think I just needed some time to let go of something I’d envisioned myself doing for so long. The next morning, I was more sure already that the master of Entrepreneurship is the one for me. There are still a lot of things I need to figure out before I’ll make my decision final, but for now I think this is the path that I’m gonna take.

It really made me think about the things I want to achieve and about what is ultimately gonna make me happy. I think it’s funny to see how dreams change and how it took me quite a while to be okay with it. For a long time, I was holding on to my old dreams just because I’d had them for such a long time. However, deep in my heart I’ve known this entire year that my dreams have indeed changed and now I can finally say that I’m okay with that. I’m really excited for this next chapter in my study career and although at first I definitely wasn’t that excited about studying in Amsterdam, I now can’t wait to make it my home town in a few months! Have your dreams changed over the years? And can you relate to having difficulties to let go of some old dreams? Let me know in the comments!

My future hometown

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