Q&A: As a Creative Person, What Professions Could I Excel in?
When you think of creative professions, what do you think of? Screenplay writers? Graphic designers?
What if I told you that accountants could be creative? And no, I’m not talking about cooking the books. Accountants are often tasked with seeing the “big picture” within an organization. They need the imagination to foresee the how a calculated risk can affect a company in the long run and figure out the most affordable way to make it happen.
What about a software engineer? We usually think of computer-savvy folks as “left-brainers,” glued to their computer screen and staring at code all day. But that’s not quite true either. Why can’t we think of a piece of code the way that we think of a painting? After all, coding style and preference can be highly unique to an individual—similar to how one can distinguish a Van Gogh from a Monet. Someone who works in software engineering, for example, creates something completely original—finding completely new, creative solutions to a problem.
My profession, marketing, requires a balance between creative solutions and methodical execution. Focusing too much on tradition and templates leaves you with predictable results. On the other hand, pure creativity without the technical skills to back them up is just as bad. Striking that perfect balance is the key to being successful in this industry and many others, even if they aren’t traditionally regarded as “creative professions.”
It just goes to show that, in the right circumstances, with supportive coworkers and the right mindset, you can be creative in most job settings, even if you’re not, say, a musician or a painter. The truth is that most careers merge technical knowledge with creativity, and it’s important to foster both if you want to produce the best work possible.
So, get creative with your creativity! Find ways to exercise your right brain to innovate and come up with new solutions. You aren’t limited by your occupation, only by your imagination.