Do you ever feel like you’re just an average scholar? Like no subject seems stronger than another? Maybe you get good grades, maybe you don’t, or maybe you don’t care because you already know what you’re good at, and it’s not academics. Or maybe you’re like me.
I got good grades in most subjects, certainly by the time high school crept up on me. At the same time, I didn’t have a particular affinity for any of the subjects. I liked music and art, but I couldn’t imagine doing either professionally (wasn’t that good, just enjoyed them). I wasn’t interested in pursuing science, math, or history. English either, although I was getting pretty good at writing by the time I graduated high school.
So when I looked for something to major in for college, I felt as if I’d struck out. It’s not like anyone offers a degree in Homeschooling! And I already had most of the credits I thought necessary for that one after helping homeschool myself and four younger siblings . . . But anyway, I couldn’t figure out what I was suited for that I wanted to study.
Do you feel like your dream job is elusive? Like you’re not sure where to fit in? That was me for a year or more in high school.
I had settled on a General Studies degree, and yes, it was settling. My favorite thing was books, but they only offer Library Science as a Master’s degree, which I didn’t figure I’d want to go for once finished with a Bachelor’s degree. So I had something at least, even if it was settling for second best.
That’s when I started to write my scholarship essay.
My father’s company offered a scholarship which would cover most of the cost of the online school to which I was applying. It required an essay, in which I needed to convince the readers of why they should help pay for my education. In writing that essay, I realized that I liked helping people. I made the assertion that they would be benefiting more than just me by helping me pay for college. That I was interested in helping people around me, and they would really be benefiting the whole community.
As I was planning and writing, someone finally suggested, “why not study helping people?!” That’s when I started looking into degrees in Human Services.
I ended up building a degree that incorporated human services, human development, and communication courses, all of which were meant to support each other in helping me prepare for a job in the field, as well as preparing me for the rest of my life where I would continue to help people, watch them grow, and communicate with them.
Four years later I walked across the stage with a huge smile on my face, happy with my choice and my direction. I like to feel as if I’ve helped someone, whether it be simply holding the door for a mother with little ones, or showing someone how to use Excell’s many features. I’m not a wizard at any one thing, but I have experience in a variety of things, and am very willing to pitch in.
To go back to my question, my dream job was never all that elusive. I knew I wanted to be a homeschool mom, but I also knew that there needed to be something between college and that! My dilemma was in what God wanted me to do with the between years. I’m glad He directed my steps so that I wrote that essay. I found something that I enjoyed doing, and through writing about it, I figured out how to turn it into something I could study and then practice. My subsequent work in a couple of non-profits was very rewarding.
Having now left the workforce, hopefully for good, I’m not inclined to say any of it was wasted. I grew through the requirements of the jobs I’ve held, and through the friends I made among my coworkers. I’m happy to be home now, but the journey here makes me appreciate it more.
Your journey will look different. Have you considered what you like to do in your choice of a career path, rather than just what you’re good at?