Heidi's story: when dreams don't wait for their turn

Career story

When secondary school ended, I had no idea what my future profession could be. I liked writing and singing, but I didn't think I could support myself with either.

With upper secondary school, I got three more years of reflection time and many kinds of tests from a career choice psychologist, but I still hadn't discovered my dream. I had already studied another field for a few years, when suddenly I realised the answer when I was recruiting a personal assistant for myself. I wanted to be a recruiter and read job applications every day.

The most direct route to recruiting appeared to be the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. After graduation, however, I had to go through job search for another year and a half before I got the first job in my field. The sun has never been as bright as that day.

I worked as a recruiter for a few years before the coronavirus took away my work. For some years, I had had a secret dream of entrepreneurship. I thought I'd never dare to jump from paid work to becoming an entrepreneur, so this was the right time to do it. At the same time, coronavirus made me realise how limited life was and ask myself whether I’ve done the things I dream of.

So, I went after all my dreams at once. Perhaps one day I’ll be known for my creative recruitment, my podcasts will be used for product assessment searches, I’ll tell you about taking the visually impaired into account in working life, I’ll hear someone singing my songs, or I will write an inscription at the Book Fair.

People have asked me wouldn't it be worth focusing on one thing at a time. However, I believe that in the future, more and more people will do different types of work overlapping each other rather than one following the other. Entrepreneurship has given me the opportunity to try out what it would be like. The most difficult thing is that failures in matters that are important to you seem worse but work on them also makes me happier.

Heidi Torn