I’m 2 years out of college and I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I’ve heard from family and friends that this is okay. I’m not behind in life. I seem to be quite ahead: 24, moved out, engaged, and have 4 children (3 rats, 1 fish). I think I can live with trying to figure out what I want in life. I’m just grateful to have a steady job and a roof over my head at this point.
I always knew I would be a writer. When I was younger, I thought writer was the one and only profession for me. As I got older, the harsh reality of becoming a writer with a steady income was a rare occasion. No matter what, I was a writer. So, what else could I add to my repertoire?
I thought teaching would be my forte. I do enjoy teaching and I enjoy children. However, working in a public school was not very appealing. I wanted to teach 8th grade English. I wanted to share my love of language with them. After working with kids for nearly 4 years, I found my anxieties got in the way of the fast paced and critical work place.
After graduating college, I started to think that working in a library would be nice. I had the qualification and the experience. All I needed was the degree. I searched up and down for the career I could have with a degree in Library Science. I found most of them interesting. But I did not see myself doing it for the rest of my life and enjoying it.
I need a career that I will be happy to show up to work for. I know this is a challenging task. But I won’t give up; especially now that, at this point in my life, I can literally be anything I want. The next step I take could determine what I do.
All I know is that I will be going back to school to get my Master’s Degree. And I’m starting to lean towards my love for language and love of psychology. I’ve researched these two areas and discovered speech pathology. Speech plays a big part in my interest and personal life.
I might want to be a counselor.
I could help kids that were just like me. I could help people find confidence in their communication skills in the ways that I have had to teach myself. There is so much more to this career than I ever knew. I find it intriguing. And that’s where I will start.