When the economy tanks, parents get nervous. They worry about paying a lot to send their kids to college, having their kids come out with degrees that aren't "maketable" and then kids living in their basements until they are 30. I see parents pressuring their kids to pursue "useful" majors so that they will not end up in the above scenario. Now, I am all in favor of Nursing, Engineering, and Business majors, they are great choices for many kids, and these are what parents are pushing. I am not sure this is the way we want to go, even in these tough economic times.
I may be a hippie down deep, and I still believe in pursuing what you love, what your are interested in, what you have passion for. I do believe in the "Do What Love, The Money Will Follow" theory. I worked with too many middle-aged, displaced workers who told me at age 50 they always wanted to pursue ______________, but their parents made them major in accounting in college, and were less then satisfied over the past 20 years.
I do believe that if you pursue what you love, you will be able to make a living from it. This goes back to Personal Legend of the Alchemist, of an earlier post. The book basically says that we all know from a young age what will give us personal happiness, but most people get their dreams derailed by the fear that they will never come true. I practice this philosophy in my own life.
My daugher says that this weekend she needs to figure out her "life plan". She is a sophomore in college and needs to register for second semester soon. As a sophomore, she is feeling the pressure of "figuring it out" - like NOW.
When she comes home this weekend, this is what I will ask her:
What is it that has always been important to you? (what I think she will answer) ANIMALS, I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AN ANIMAL LOVER. I AM A VEGAN
What are you good at? I CAN REMEMBER LOADS OF INFORMATION, I HAVE A GOOD MEMORY, I AM ATHLETIC AND HAVE PHYSICAL STAMINA
What was your dream when you were a little girl? Where did you see yourself, before you got older and more realistic, or practical? THIS IS THE ANSWER I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM HER!
I will help her brainstorm some options and encourage her to pursue whatever she thinks will make her most happy in the end!
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