I quite remember in 2nd grade, I wanted to be a teacher. To hold someone’s hand and take them through the crazy labyrinth of education is something in itself for me. It. Is. Amazing. I really admired the effort our teachers and the “doctor vs. teacher who is more important debate” had me solidly rallying behind teachers at seven years old.
By 6th grade, I remember saying I wanted to be an author. As a career. The manager of affairs of my school at the time told me that it wasn’t a real job. I was crushed. Maybe he was right, but still how could he even say that? My hopes were dashed to say the least. I still enjoyed writing though.
By the time I was done with Junior High, I had somewhat taken interest in journalism but hey, I didn’t want someone telling me that it wasn’t a real job even though I didn’t care. (Right).
Most of the career choices I made stemmed from the admiration I felt from watching others who were already in the field. I remember saying I wanted to be a lawyer although the closest I came to being one was by saying, “What you say, can and will be used against you in the court of law.” 😂
The truth is, there are many people out there who make the career transition based mainly on what they course they offer/major in. At 18 years and a 2nd year college student, I have no clear-cut goal or career I want to do. I know I’m not alone. It is advisable to keep still and listen to your heart, people say, you might find yourself doing something completely different from what you initially sought to do.
It is important to reach out Career Guidance Counsellors. Don’t be shy and you’ll see that it was worth the effort😊.
By: Vanessa Adaboh