“I am Going to Be a ________ (Insert Profession Here).”
How many of you are dead certain on what you are going to be after you graduate? If you are one of the lucky few that know precisely what it is that you want to do, and have managed to take steps to get closer to that one career goal, this article may not be beneficial to you. However if you find yourself feeling envious of those lucky ones, and are really just not sure where your life is headed, I sincerely do hope that this article might help you out just a bit.
Let me just share the “backstory” to this article. I went into my Bachelors program in Social Sciences as a Psychology major because I was going to become a teacher with knowledge in counseling. I truly aspired to become someone children could count on. I just knew that was what I wanted to do and so I interned at various kindergartens and care centers for children – at the time, I thought my CV looked perfect for an aspiring teacher. Then, after several semesters, I wasn’t as certain. I love children, and I think what counselors do is undeniably great – I just wasn’t sure if I was going to be any good at it, or if it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
This crushed me. Business majors around me were applying for jobs at prestigious banks while aspiring doctors were preparing for med school. Everyone seemed to have it together and they all just seemed to know. I started to see myself as being inferior to those in other programs with definitive careers, and I felt so lost. I think the most unfortunate outcome of this drop I experienced was that I (falsely) assumed that being a Psychology major meant that my knowledge was limited to the scope of mental health, and now that I wasn’t as sure of becoming a counselor, I didn’t belong anywhere. I denied myself the opportunity of going to seminars from other departments because I told myself I wouldn’t understand anyway.
Luckily, I got out of this rut after several weeks when I realized all the negativity was not taking me anywhere. I saw on the school bulletin that the Perception lab was recruiting new interns, and I decided to apply. (This was a huge turning point for me – Perception is not even close to anything I’ve laid hands on in the past, so this was me trying something completely new!) And guess what? Working at the lab was one of the best experiences I’ve had in university. I also attended seminars from various disciplines and sure, there were some concepts I couldn’t grasp from the get-go, but of course I couldn’t! The very point of attending seminars is for you to learn something new.
If I can go back in time and talk to myself while I was lost, I would tell myself that not knowing is okay, and that being lost isn’t synonymous with the lesser. Now, I have absolutely no regrets that I chose Psychology as my major – I have developed an interest in the fields of marketing and advertising and I do feel that my background gives me an edge in understanding why people shop.
I know this article was quite lengthy and I appreciate it if you got this far – I really wanted to share my personal experience such that you can come to see that you are not alone. As Stephen King said, “Definition of a wanderer: A guy who’s always looking beyond” so consider yourself a wanderer and have comfort in knowing that your options are infinite.
About Moeka Komachi
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - Maya Angelou