23 Jun, 2021 12:54 PM

Did you change your career goals?

I was wondering if anybody here changed your career goals while attending college? Did you have your mind set on one career and all of the sudden your interest change and started pursuing another career? If so, what career did you want to pursue and then what did it change to? What caused this change of mind? Was it a class you took? How do you know for sure when you have found your calling? Feel free to say anything else concerning this matter. Thanks in advance!! I am pursuing a Master's in School Psychology.

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23 Jun, 2021 12:54 PM

From the time I was 15 years old I wanted to be a High School Band & Choir teacher.

I learned a ton of different instruments in Jr. High through High School (B flat clarinet, bass clarinet, alto clarinet, contrabass clarinet, A flat clarinet - I know, a lot of clarinets-, saxaphone, french horn, trumpet, oboe, basoon, flute, and piano.) I was in every musical I could get my hands on, often landing lead roles. I was a madrigal, and my senior year, head madrigal, I was in chamber choir, I did solo and ensemble....EVERYTHING to do with music I did.

I went the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and spent one semester in the program. EVERYTHING I had ever LOVED about music flew out the window. We had to pull notes from the air, sing a capella with no starting note, do hours and hours a day of piano music. While I expected this, I didn't expect to be so horrible at it. I struggled. What was the final cut is there was only one spot open in the music program when I auditioned that Spring, and I wound up not making the cut. I was devistated.

I spent a semester at a local tech school just taking general courses so I could decide what to do with my life. Then I sort of had a life changing event. 

One night at work I was opening a gallon can of ketchup when the can opener slipped and I cut my left thumb clear to the bone. I severed the tendon, nerves and knicked an artery. I spent the next two weeks bawling 'cause of the impossibility of playing a single instrument.

Then I started therapy. Occupational Therapy. Upper body, hands, reconstruction of your life therapy. They gave me back my music.

I was hooked. I got an associates degree at Madison Area Technical College in two years (thanks to all those generals I had taken) and have been a Pediatric Occupational Therapy Assistant.

I work with children who have autism, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, etc. I teach them how to write, how to get stronger, colors, numbers, how to use a fork, how to wash dishes, how to cook...how to dress....the list goes on and on. 

Most wonderful moment of my life? Cutting my thumb. Why? 'Cause I wouldn't be where I am today...and I love where I am.

23 Jun, 2021 12:55 PM

Yes I did change career goals during college. I first enjoyed Classics and Philosophy and then switched to Medicine.

I don't believe in 'a calling' anymore. I have allowed my beliefs do be trampled on in many of my classes. I have learned things about the way the world operates, and I have decided to conform my professional life to the path that would be most beneficial to me overall, not most pleasing for now. (Because my interests will change again and again through life)

Ultimately, even if I found a job I love, someday I won't love it anymore... So then where am I? At a job I hate, not properly supporting my family, not feeling very important, and being upset with my life. I'm glad I made the change for medicine. This should be a win, win, win career path.

Sure, through medical school I'll have no life, and as an intern I'll be dead most of the time... but I can find a way to survive... I am expecting the worst, preparing my mind for the battle... If it's all a matter of will power and mind games, the ball is in my court, I choose not to let myself, my family, and others down.

23 Jun, 2021 12:55 PM

I did change my career goals.  When i was 21 i graduated college with an Accounting Major.  When i had my first baby at age 24 i was completely fascinated with the idea of childbirth and everything involving it.  

I am currently 28 with three little girls, 4, 2, and 2, and am pregnant with my 4th.  I am a stay at home mom and i attend night school to eventually be an OBGYN.  

I think it is my calling because i have a natural ability with babies and children that a lot of other people lack.  I have a lot of paitence and can handle crying and not knowing the cause, while a lot of other people wish babies could just talk.  

You'll know when you are being "called"  when you couldnt give a crap about your other degree in my case!

23 Jun, 2021 12:56 PM

Of course I have and I probably still will. I had an idea at first, but I mainly started going to college to see if anything sparked my interest.  I used to want to be a teacher, but now I'm considering journalism or English.  I could still go back to teaching though.  Mainly it was the classes I've taken through high school and some college that have made me see what I like, but what I can do well at.  I'm not good at math so I try to stay clear of anything that would have me do that for a career! Hopefully I can graduate with a degree with something I enjoy.  I don't know if I'll know what my calling is until I start doing something related.  Once i get into the field I hope to take all the opportunities I get and be very open to anything new.  They could lead me to my destiny.  Good luck with the masters!!