Everyone always tells us to dream, and to never give up on those dreams. I agree with that sentiment for the most part. Everyone should have goals, aspirations, hopes, and dreams. I think the question for me is “Is it worth it?”
When I was in high school, during my junior year I met with a career adviser. Which in retrospect, at 16 I had no idea what I’d really want to do with the rest of my life. The man had my high school transcript in front of him, and asked me what I thought I’d want to major in, what I’d like to do.
I told him I wanted to be a pharmacist and go to pharmacy school. Now, if you know me, math and science are not my best subjects, yet I always found pharmacology very interesting. The man saw my grades of C’s in biology and chemistry and said to me, “You know how they say you can be anything you want to be when you grow up? That isn’t true.” Ouch. The man had a point though.
Could I have become a pharmacist? Sure, maybe so, but I would have been in hell and always struggled with my coursework. Would it have been worth it?
Today, ten years later (oh lord), I can tell you I don’t feel like I’m missing out on my dream career as a pharmacist. I ended up going to college and went though the following progression of majors: criminal justice, international studies, mass communications
Did I land in the right place? I’m not sure. I don’t think it was the wrong place. I am glad I got out of international studies when I did, because that would have led me down a quick road to nowhere, but I wonder what I could have done with criminal justice. I really wanted to work for the DEA, particularly the more behind the scenes stuff with investigations.
For the past five years I have been working in marketing. Do I like it? Sure, it’s okay. Do I feel like there is something out there that is more me? Yes, I do.
What is that? I don’t know.
The commitment of pursing a new dream is big, and I want to be sure it’s the right one. I’ve considered air traffic control, hair/makeup artist, wedding coordinator, physical therapy assistant, pursing an MBA, or looking back into that DEA idea. Kind of all over the place, right?
At 27, I still feel young enough to know that I can achieve my dreams, whatever they might be. I suppose there should never be an age cap on dreams.
Maybe one day I’ll know, maybe it will just come to me when I least expect it and I will feel 100 percent sure. That would be nice. But maybe it won’t, and I’ll just have to take a chance…
Did you ever make a career change? Do you feel like you choose the right path in college?