Finding the Right Career

Finding the Right Career

Which Path is the Right One?
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As it gets closer to the end of month, and classes are in sight, one might begin to think of their future. The classes we are taking are supposed to help "train" us for our future careers. But what if you're taking the wrong classes? Coming into college I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. There are far too many options when it comes to career choices, so, picking just one? That seemed almost impossible. In four years, I couldn't even tell you the amount of times I changed my mind.

I began with Early Childhood Education, then to Criminal Justice, Nursing for a brief moment, Psychology. I even thought about going Pre-Med at one point, then there was the law school option, and I looked into getting into the Vet-Sci program at school. It took me three years to realize that I had a passion for food and that I wanted to make a career out of it. After a degree in Child Development, I decided I should stop wasting time and take classes that would help me towards my degree and goals. Because I already had so many credits, it made more sense for me to get my Liberal Arts degree and then go back to school (again) for Restaurant and Food Service Management .

Picking a career is hard. You're stuck with it for the rest of your life, most of the time. So, if you aren't happy, it can be really straining on you physically, mentally, and emotionally. With all of the options that are out there, picking just ONE thing to do can be difficult. But there are resources that can be very helpful when trying to make a decision. I strongly suggest taking a BOCES course while you're in high school. There are so many to choose from--even if you are unsure, just pick one. In Early Childhood, you play with kids all day. In Culinary you play with food all day. In Automotive/Auto body you play with cars all day. In Cosmetology you play with hair and nails all day. Through BOCES, you are able to gain experience in the field, with hands-on interaction and in-class lectures.

Take an aptitude test or two...or ten. They are not all accurate, and some of them are total trash, but you may stumble across something really helpful in the process. You might come across a career that you have never thought of, of even heard of before, that seems really cool to you.

Starting off school with liberal arts isn't a bad thing. When people say they're going to school for Liberal Arts, they are often asked things like, "So you plan on being unemployed?" or "Do you want fries with that?" BEING A LIBERAL ARTS STUDENT IS NOT BAD. It's a gateway into literally every other major. When you're a Liberal Arts major, the sky is the limit. Every major needs the same pre-recs. So, once you get that out of the way, you are free to take ANY class that you want. Take a business class, take an art class, take a cooking class, take a yoga class, take an automotive class (I'm actually not sure if people are allowed to do that). But just take any and as many classes as you can.

Being a Liberal Arts major can be so helpful. Your schedule is opened for so many options. It really allows you to explore and hopefully find your passion. Not that I think anyone has a passion for accounting, some people just go where the money is. BUT if you are trying to find a passion and a career you love, this might be one of your best bets.

Finding a career is hard. I keep saying that because it's true. Everyone deserves to be happy and find something that makes them happy. Sometimes it's not so easy to find something, but sometimes it is very easy. It is also important to start looking early enough and giving yourself time. Talk to your adviser in high school and go to counseling sessions for college. It is definitely worth it.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Crossroads

Trying to figure out what to do in life.

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I never saw the crossroad

Where I could cross n' roam

Under an arch or dome. [1]

I just kept on the road

That was laid out,

Told to hold out

Till it pays out. [2]

Now I think its too late

Been walking too long,

Classes are all wrong

But masses too strong. [3]

So I follow with my head down

And chest up, succeeding cause

I'm too scared to fuck it up. [4]

But I have a need to lead,

Top-down and gears up

Leaving nothing to the dust.

But if I drop out, I'm a fuck up. [5]

Is it better to live and rust

Or drive till it busts

With trust you can find the way? [6]


[1] - Play on roam/Rome. Starts the poem by expressing the feeling of being trapped in my path in life. I felt like I never got the chance to figure out what I wanted to do.

[2] - I think a lot of it was I was following what people told me I should be doing.

[3] - I have a feeling that it is too late to change my course of life. I'm in a college for business, taking classes about business, and everyone around me wants to do business.

[4] - This is saying that even though I am not passionate about what I am doing I am still trying to succeed only because I'm scared of failing or quitting.

[5] - I want to leave and lead myself, do something where I'm not following but I don't know how to do that. This part starts a car reference, idk I've been watching Formula 1 on Netflix and its dope.

[6] - This is the question I've been asking myself, wondering if I should continue on with my path or follow my passion.

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