write (one's) (own) ticket

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write (one's) (own) ticket

To have the means, ability, or empowerment to decide one's own terms or course of action. Students who specialize in computer programming have been able to write their tickets in the economy for the last several years, as demand has continued to outpace supply for skilled employees in this field. The movie star began writing her own tickets after she exploded in popularity in the early 2000s.
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write one's own ticket

Set one's own conditions or course of action according to one's wishes or needs. For example, This generous grant lets recipients write their own tickets. This term uses ticket in the sense of "something entitling the holder to a privilege." [Colloquial; 1920s]
See also: own, ticket, write

write your (own) ticket

dictate your own terms. North American informal
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write (one's) own ticket

To set one's own terms or course of action entirely according to one's own needs or wishes: an open-ended and generous scholarship that lets recipients write their own ticket.
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I was told my experience with Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Pinterest would enable me to write my own ticket.
"First and foremost, I want to play and help the Giants start winning again on a regular basis, and if I do that and play well then I know I'll be in a position to write my own ticket for a new contract.
If I can write my own ticket, I want to get involved more in Second Amendment issues as they affect the church, and I can do more from outside the pulpit than from behind it."
And with a Berkeley degree, I could pretty much write my own ticket. So I joined Hewlett-Packard, where I had interned for three straight summers, as a research and development project manager.
"But I thought if I win that gold medal at the Olympics, that would really catapult me into the professional scene and then I would be able to write my own ticket. I'm glad I did it that way."
I went from being able to just write my own ticket to not being able to even get an interview," Shealor recalls, adding that he thinks his age and lack of current experience didn't help.
Everyone told me I could write my own ticket. But where?