Sunday, September 16, 2007
Major Selection: a long distance view
I started the morning with a question for my Brain Trust, a group of professionals I see on a regular basis. What career regrets do you have? A number of them said that they were doing exactly what they had always wanted to. One always wanted to be a nurse and that’s exactly what she’s currently doing. Another said she would be doing something else if only she could make enough money doing it—which resulted in a sizable tangential discussion of exactly what that other non-lucrative job would look like.
Yet another friend came up with the follow gem. She said that she wished she had not given up so easily on her college dream. It seems that during the summer following her junior year, she took a few pre-law classes at Stanford. One of them, a course on argumentation, turned out to be a beast, leaving her with the impression that law consisted entirely of adversarial encounters within a court room. As she later discovered, the legal field is extremely broad and filled with multiple options for using a JD degree. By then she was well on the way to another less satisfying direction.
So for all of you undergrads hitting a few bumps in the road, talk with someone who knows your dream job well before you give up its pursuit.