Yes, I know that we never really Grow Up, but…you know what I mean eh?
We’ve recently starting talking on the August Mom list about how some of our kids are forging their career paths and what we could/should be doing to help direct them. It’s rare to know with 100% clarity as you walk into high school (or even into college) knowing exactly what you want to study for a career. Most of us start off with vague ideas at least of what we might like. We might have some clear idea of what we hate. Funny how we can quickly eliminate options but how we struggle to focus in on the right path 🙂
One mom just posted about how her DH has been approaching the topic with their kids. Specific sit down meetings complete with Power Point presentations showing career path options along with potential salaries and the education needed to get there. She was afraid we would laugh at his method – oh heck no! I’m impressed with his attention to detail and with his idea to present it in a visual manner. Perfect for per-teens and teens!! We want him to share those with the rest of us!!!
But it got me to thinking about how *I* decided to pursue accounting. I basically had an impromptu career counseling session with a boyfriend at the time in the summer before my freshman year of college. I guess I was wondering what to study (I don’t remember that part, but I’m just assuming that is what sparked the conversation) so he started asking me some great questions. He asked me not what classes I enjoyed taking in high school (there I would have said history & dance!) but instead asked me my what I liked to DO..my hobbies & everyday interests. Then he asked me what sorts of clubs I had joined in school. Somehow this all led me to tell him that I had been encouraged (rather out of the blue I should say) to run for Treasurer of our senior class and that I’d surprisingly won and *really* liked the job. I recounted how I used to help my mom in the back of their Sir Speedy Print shop with her bookkeeping tasks for the business and found the routine nature of the tasks very comforting. Voila! “Try some Accounting/Finance/Econ classes” he said. It took me awhile thanks to life and it’s many ways of distracting folks, but I never forgot that conversation and eventually I did get to take my first accounting class and it was a classic Oprah “Ah HAH!” moment.
Whether I admit to being grown up yet or not, I do admit that I am very very happy being an Accountant 🙂
So what’s your story?