Only nine percent of people have their dream jobs. NINE percent, how crazy of a number is that? I grew up in a Malayalee household, this means my parents are from Kerala, India. I grew up being told to look for a job with stability. Available options included becoming a doctor, nurse or engineer. Anything else was simply inadequate. I bit the bullet and told my parents I wanted to be a business major, they were not happy but they accepted my decision and even pay for my college. I am incredibly grateful in this regard because I know so many people who are forced to study something they do not like.
With this being said, I’ve recently changed my major to Corporate Communications, a field I find myself incredibly excited to learn more and more about. At the same time, I am constantly met by opposition. The funny part is that this doesn’t even really come from my parents, but my friends who have chosen to take the traditional path for my culture.
One of my closest friends is studying Pharmacy in a six year program, something that is incredibly grueling and difficult to pursue. She is currently in her sixth year and pushing forward. Because of her major she knows that she doesn’t get that much free time during the week. She knows that she doesn’t even have much time to spend with friends because she needs to study. But the prospect of such amazing job security and stable income is enough to fuel her through the remaining four to five years of college that she has left.
Because she is a close friend of mine, we talk together about things like our majors. And because she is a good friends, she tries to be honest with me. The way she sees it, of course I should try to get a job I will like but I should find some sort of middle ground. Meaning a job that I can see myself doing, maybe not loving, but a job that can give me a steady and secure source of income. Student loans are no joke and four years is a long time to waste.
The fact of the matter is that I know that money does’t in fact guarantee my happiness. Just as the little info graphic above shows. Right now I’d rather take the risk and try to get a job in a major that is incredibly competitive than give up on my dreams for the secure road. If I was meant for the secure road I would have gone to medical school a long time ago and pushed myself to get through. But I know that wouldn’t make me happy, in fact I believe it would make me feel miserable.
The thing is that God created me just as I am for a reason. I am Nina. I like certain things and dislike others. The entire world of incredibly diverse and different people who are not all meant to doctors and engineers. In fact some of them really are made to do that, and I am happy that they are passionate about helping people and building things. But this mold is not a one size fits all kind of thing.
I might change the way I feel about this by the time I graduate but right now I refuse to major in something I do not love. I want to take classes in which I take notes because I want to, not just because we have a final coming up. I want to learn about things that will actually impact who I am as a person and who I want to be. Majoring in Corporate Communications will do that for me.