Outdoor Careers & You

Outdoor Careers & You

In December 2012, Polar Explorer Ben Saunders gave us an inspirational talk at the Ted Talks forum telling us to go outside! Not because it’s always pleasant and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is, “the juice we can suck out of the hours and days.” He also brought to life the work George Lee Mallory, arguably the first man to summit Mt Everest and in this he quotes “we do not live to eat and to make money, we eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and that is what life is for.”

Finding Happiness In Our Careers

It would appear this simple idea has been shunned to one side and very rarely put into practice in today’s society because we all too often miss one fundamental rule when trying to apply it to our own lives: we actually need to enjoy what we do! At times, it seems hard to get this point across to some aspiring outdoor professionals, but I’ll try again here. The most important thing you can do for your career is identify what you LOVE to do. Whether it’s teaching, guiding, or something else; if you don’t love it, it won’t last. If you can spend some serious reflection time trying to identify that thing you love to do while you are younger, you will have more time to become the master of your field.

Diversify Your Outdoor Career Potential

Applying this when looking for a career in the outdoors is paramount as the industry is more about a way of life. If you ever happen to decide to peer in you will see a lot of passionate people in their jobs loving what they do. Careers in the outdoor industry are extremely varied due to the range of specific activities on land, water and air, client types, type venues and roles to be played. My advice to anyone wanting a career in the outdoors is to choose something they enjoy, find experts in that field that they can aspire to, and then create a pathway that leads in the right direction. At VFA Learning, we take all of these questions in Diploma of Sports Development and help you shape that pathway so that you can not only enjoy what you do, but help others enjoy their paths as well. Here’s Ben’s talk at TED. Bryan Hynes VFA Outdoor Trainer/ Expedition Leader