Non-linear Career Paths

A lot has happened during these last few weeks. I want to share a very personal update about my career aspirations. 

My goal in life is to help entrepreneurs to flourish. Especially those that came from the same background as myself. I push the entrepreneurial agenda so hard and advocate everyone to pursue ownership.

But two weeks ago, I joined a firm that was established in 1997. Not much of a start-up I’ll admit, but this career move establishes me more as an entrepreneur than launching another venture. 

I joined the Trading and Technology team at Peak6 Investments and it couldn’t have been better timed.

I’ve never really had a job. After undergrad, I went to graduate school. Then after I launched a start-up (www.meshplusplus.com) and after a lot of deliberation, I decided to pursue other interests. I went from starting a media company to working at a VC firm, to a hardware tech company, and now an investment firm. To say the least, my career path has been non-linear.

After leaving Mesh++ this summer, I looked deep within myself and asked what I’d enjoy doing for the rest of my life. I couldn’t figure out that answer. 

Then I asked another question: What would I like to teach my son to do at an early age, that he would do for the rest of his life. The answer was easy, trading stocks/crypto, writing code and creating content. 

These three things are going to redefine the world and also are the most lucrative remote jobs on the planet. There is no other career job that allows you to make an amazing income from the comfort of your own home. 

I want a 9-5 & 5-9 that I both love— Oluseun K. Arowolaju (@kidseun) September 8, 2016

Joining Peak6 is giving me the professional background to learn what I’m passionate at and pursue my intersectional interests. I have a 9-5 (really 7-4) that I love, as well as a 4-7 that I love at http://www.kidmedia.co. 

I want to thank the leadership at Peak6, the recruiting team, and my manager for granting me this opportunity. It’s difficult to get a job after being a full-time entrepreneur but it helps to join a firm that’s entrepreneurial in nature. 

My advice is to always pursue what you’re interested in. There are many paths to your intended outcome, take the one less traveled and you’ll bring greater insight and perspective to people you meet on the way.

If you have any questions about this transition or about code, content or crypto, drop me a note!

About the Author O.K. Arowolaju

Youth Minister, Product Manager

One comment

  1. This is/was perfect timing for me. It forced me to realize that careers in technology are created in our heads by what we see others do. As time goes on, in most situations, it never happens the way we plan.

    As I’ve always heard older people say, “Man plan, God laughs”.

    Thanks for this!

    Julius

    Julius Rainey, Jr., MPPA, PMP JURU, LLC m: (980) 263-9750 e: julius@juru.tech w: http://www.juru.tech

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    On Sun, Dec 30, 2018 at 11:10 PM Oluseun K. Arowolaju wrote:

    > Oluseun Arowolaju posted: “A lot has happened during these last few weeks. > I want to share a very personal update about my career aspirations. My > goal in life is to help entrepreneurs to flourish. Especially those that > came from the same background as myself. I push the entrepren” >

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