YOUNG VOICES: Your career should be interesting, not drudgery

2013-04-29T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: Your career should be interesting, not drudgeryBy Alex Miskus nwitimes.com
April 29, 2013 12:00 am  • 

I discovered an article listing the top five demanding careers: accountant, human resource specialist, K-12 teacher, software developer, and medical and health services manager. I attempted to picture myself at those careers, determining which is more importance -- my salary or my happiness.

When I was in middle school, I knew I wanted to enter the field of education. I have knack for building a relationship with teachers, and for some reason, I feel as if I belong in a school. But since I became vocal of my career choice, I have been told by teachers, “Do not do it. You will not get paid enough.”

That advice has chased me for years from person to person I encountered. I soon became discouraged, wondering if becoming a teacher is really my passion in life.

Now, being a senior in high school, I am left with a list of offered majors and a deadline to make my decision. I ponder the thought of happiness versus a paycheck. Do I really want to do what makes me happy even though people have told me it is not worth it?

When faced with my choices, my family has always encouraged me to “discover your passion and do what makes you happy in life.”

A person might have a set career path, but once they attend classes, their interest depletes. A student might change their major 10 times before sticking with one, but in the end, they are trying to uncover what field of study truly fits them.

Finding your passion in life is not a simple road for some. A person might be skilled in music, but to them, music is only a hobby. One might have the pressure to choose one career path because their parents believe it is a well-paying career or they believe their child will succeed in that career.

Caving in to those pressures does not take you a step closer to discovering your passions. You need to tell yourself what you are talented in and not have others tell you.

Do not let a paycheck dictate whether that career fits you. I would not want to attend work every day wondering what other possibilities are out there. Instead, I want to turn my passions into my career.

I came to the conclusion that your career is not necessarily what you are skilled in, but what you have the energy and drive to do in life. A person is never too old or too young to figure out what truly makes them happy. Block out the opinions of others and enter the field of study you belong in.

Alex Miskus of Dyer is a senior at Lake Central High School. The opinions are the writer's.

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