Thursday, March 19, 2009

What Do You Really Want To Do With Your Life?

Yesterday, my son had "career day" at his high school. He had selected his main areas of interest (making sure to tell me he had not chosen any of the four cosmetology options), and was actually looking forward to getting a first-hand account of the selected professions he signed up for. I warned him to take what he heard with a grain of salt. I mean, if you get a disgruntled pharmacist (scary, scary, scary if you think about it), he or she will highlight the bad parts of the career and downplay the good ones. Similarly, if you get a "everything is rosy 24/7" physical therapist, you might go blazing into the field only to feel really cheated when it's not QUITE how you pictured it. Objectivity is key! He really has no set idea what he wants to pursue, career wise, (once I burst his bubble that playing XBOX 360 for a living doesn't exist in the real world), so I was looking forward to his take on things. 

When I saw him after his volleyball practice, I was all excited to see what he thought... if anything had clicked. Much to my disappointment, all he got out of the experience was, "I know I don't want to be a speech pathologist." When I asked why, he told me he didn't know, but he knew it wasn't for him. Talk about bursting my bubble! One down, about ten million careers to go.... guess ya gotta start somewhere. Until he figures it out, I suppose I'll continue selfishly leading him down career paths that would most benefit me now or in years to come, namely psychiatrist, geriatric physician, chiropractor, massage therapist, personal trainer, auto mechanic, plumber and electrician. One of those ought to take if I try hard enough! A girl's got to look out for herself, right? 

Hugs to all... have a wonderful weekend!


Dottie K. said...

Oh my gosh you are just too funny! Healthcare field is booming and expected to continue. I'm sure he'll make the right decision. Did you know what you wanted to do at that age? It was just all about school and fun. Didn't want to think about working but then again the times sure have changed since I was in school.

Jan said...

I can sooo relate! My ds is 19 yrs. old an he wants to play and test video games for a living! (insert roll eyes). This is his last year of high school and he needs to decide on something and quick! Right now, he's interning for the computer tech at the high school and I'm hoping (fingers crossed) he will go into that field - any field! LOL.

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

My oldest son is a pack rat, and when he was 4 he was very his passion in life was to grow up and be a garbage collector. He explained that he would be able to get all kinds of cool stuff for free! I am sure your son will pick a career that makes him happy. He has a good coach! the neighbor plays video games for a living...seriously! He has been VERY successful at it, too. He started an on-line company in his early 20's that gives you cheats for certain games. He recently sold that company to a subsidary of ABC. My son thinks he is a rock star because he is one of the top ten Madden players in the world! And he has every video game known to man. Maybe you should not show this post to your son! LOL!