So I was reading this magazine that I so frequently read called, ‘Women’s Health,’ which some of you may or may not read and I came across a rather interesting and advising article about finding a career right for you. There have been many times where I’ve felt uncertain about whether or not I should continue my studies with psychology or whether I should study something else. I am very indecisive and constantly wonder whether I am on the right path with my life. I worry about making the wrong decisions in life and ending up stuck and unhappy in the future. I, like many other people have been interested in so many different fields of work so it was hard to make a commitment to just one area. The pressure was on mid Year 12 to decide and apply for university courses. Psychology was one of my options, so I listed it as the first two preferences on QTAC. Since then and throughout my first year of studying it, I have had my doubts about it (until I read this article that is). It wasn’t that I wasn’t enjoying the course or getting good grades or not seeing myself as a future psychologist, it was just the thoughts of maybe I would be suited to something better.
Anyway, so this article was about Career Making Decisions. It basically said think of what you enjoyed doing as a child, where there were no outside influences and you just went along doing as you please, as happy as larry. As a child there were many things I loved, but I realized overall, I loved people and problem solving. I loved organising and hosting social events and interacting with people. Additionally, I loved to help people out in one way or another, or solve problems. I always was disheartened by my things like whaling, polluting, discrimination towards disabled people and anyone else. I wanted these things to change. People and research is a major part of Psychology and therefore I soon realised, this is what I’m destined to do. I do love it! Since then I haven’t had any doubts and am enjoying it even more!
So for you… You have loved fashion and dressing up in your mum’s clothes (Career…? Fashion? Shop Manager?), or playing outside in the sun (Career…? So many to choose from!), or being bossy and taking charge over your siblings (Career…? Your own business? Teacher? Manager?) or maybe even cooking (Career…? Chef?).
In high school I spent so long working through Career Models to identify which career I would be most suited to. That involved listing my strengths, weaknesses and interests and then identifying a career which would suit my capabilities by weighing up the positives and negatives of potential careers. It was such a long process which I was never happy with at the end of the day. This has advice has clarified my feelings towards studying psych and I feel so much more confident!
Let me know if the advice is universal, please!
Take care all!