Can you remember what it was like to be a little kid? The days of primary school where you would spend all day in one classroom with your friends, play handball at recess and lunch and head home with a single sheet of homework. You probably had big dreams of becoming an artist, or a dancer or an astronaut when you grew up. You weren’t worried about earning a tonne of money, or working in a ‘Proper’ nine-to-five job. You would make things and run around and ask questions just because you wanted to or because you were curious; because it made you happy.

Think about how your five-year-old self would look at you today. Would they be proud? Or would they be sad to see the person who trudges home from school or work, throws their bag on the floor and flops on the bed to do nothing? Would they be disappointed to see that you’ve forfeited your artistic dream to study something that made your parents happy, or something you felt you should be doing?

Here’s how to make sure five-year-old you would be able to look at you and think, yeah, that’s who I want to be when I grow up.

1. Don’t stop asking questions

Even if you think they’re dumb. Even if you think people will say no, or laugh, or think you’re an idiot- never stop asking. Kids have a bluntness to them that we lose when we get older, but this isn’t always a good thing. Yeah, it might save us from a moment of embarrassment in the short term but it also means a heap of confusion in the long term. Just ask the question and one way or another you’ll get your answer.

2. Keep on learning

No, I’m not saying memorise an essay or rote learn part of your text book. I’m saying actually learn. Find something that you genuinely want to know about and study it- not because you have to but because you’re genuinely curious and want to understand it. Don’t put your precious time and effort towards something you don’t enjoy, because it’s always going to feel like a chore. Discover something you actually love to practise, and then keep practising until you’re the master. Work towards that lightbulb moment where everything just clicks.

3. Do what you love

Don’t get so caught up in all the stress that you forget what it’s like to do something purely because it’s what you love. Not everything you do needs to have a direction or end-goal. It’s perfectly okay to do something because it’s what you want and it’s what will make you happiest. Five-year-old you would jump on the trampoline or draw for hours without giving a crap about what anyone thought, purely because that’s what they wanted to do, so they did it. There’s some pretty insane wisdom in that, don’t you think?

4. Be creative

When you were a kid, drawing and art on a Friday afternoon were the best parts of the week. When you got home you had lego sets that needed building and ‘potions’ of all the weird stuff in the kitchen to concoct. You and your friends made up words to the tunes of your favourite songs or wrote stories set in fantasy worlds. Would five-year-old you be proud of what you’re creating now? Or has creativity been pushed to the side in pursuit of something more ‘Proper’.

If creativity is what five-year-old you was all about, then you best sus the degrees that JMC Academy offers. From song writing and animation, to film production and game development, these are the kinds of courses where you can really exercise your passions and talents and get into a career that you actually enjoy.

JMC don’t want to box you into a traditional degree, which is why we love ‘em. And while they won’t be able to get you qualified as an astronaut, they definitely have other degrees that would make five-year-old you think you’re pretty cool, like Audio Engineering, Digital Design or Entertainment Business Management.  You can check all of their creative courses out here.