This edition, we are discussing the uncertainty we all come across when making career choices. One ‘adult’, who has chosen to remain anonymous at this time, and one ‘young adult’, Sonia, have shared their perspective. We all grow up thinking we can be anything, but overtime realize that it’s not as easy to feel confident in being able to ‘do anything’. But, this uncertainty is OKAY. Many of us experience it, and whether you are 29 or 19, you always have a right to change your mind about where you want to be in ten years. Do you feel you are where you want to be in life career-wise? #Shareyourconversation on Facebook.
I was born in India and came to America when I was 5 years old, so I was raised in Queens, NY. My parents are both Gujarati. My mom is a stay at home mom and my dad owns a candy store in Manhattan. As a kid I had many dreams and still do. I remember all those career days in school where I wanted to be chef, an environmentalist, a photographer and even a journalist (all during different points of my youth). Cooking and photography are still passions of mine. However, none of these became professional goals of mine, and, once I got into college, I was completely unsure about what I wanted to do in the future.
I was born and raised in New York City. As a South Asian, specifically North Indian, I come from a family in which respect, morality, humbleness, education, and religion are given priority. I was taught that education is the most important thing for an individual in order for them to live a good life. As a child, I was told that I should consider becoming a doctor because “it is a respected job, that doctors make a lot of money, and they live a good life”. I always thought that Indian people only respected you if you were a doctor and nothing else. That bothered me a lot and so, I decided to pursue becoming a doctor. I realized through my first year of college that becoming a doctor is a long and hard road, difficult for a stress manic like me. It feels too common a profession because we have so many doctors in the family. I had always wanted to pursue a career in which I can teach, act, or dance. I wanted to be different. I just couldn’t find the heart to do so because I was lead to believe only a profession in the medical field would lead to stability.