Although I wish this post was going to be about Victoria Beckham and her use of the word "mayjah" I will remain professional. As you all know I graduated college with a degree in Communications. I loved my college media courses, interned for CBS Radio, and was convinced I'd spend my life working in media. Senior year, I had a change of heart, I knew I wanted to pursue my lifelong passion of being an educator. I loved little children and although I really liked media, it just wasn't right for me at the time.
So I met with my favorite communication professor and he encouraged me to go to grad school and get my teaching certificates. Which I did. On my first interview the director of the school asked why I had a change of heart and I told her that I was young and had the support from my family and loved ones to do what it is I enjoyed, rather than what was expected based on my undergrad education. She said I was lucky to have "figured it out" so early in my life. From that day on no one has questioned why my bachelor's degree is in Communication and my additional education is in teaching.
Most of my posts on this blog mention doing what you love for a living, rather than what you feel is expected of you. WG2 for instance went to college and graduated with a degree in English and moved to the east coast to pursue a career in writing. She is currently doing event planning (and much more business-like activities) in the city of Chicago. Does she love it? No. Does she hate it? No. But it is what is right for her right now. Even this blog post proves that it doesn't matter what you major in, a job is a job, and if you are qualified and work hard at whatever it is, you deserve it. I do hope, however, that WG 2 finds a job doing exactly what she loves (like writing a really famous book and giving me money so I can retire young) and I hope that for all of you as well.
Let's face it. Being a teacher in NJ really sucks right now, but the climate out there in any job market isn't exactly desirable. So why not give your current job all you've got, regardless of your major and whatever a diploma or degree has to say about.
Moral of the story? It's all about doing what you love. If what you're doing right now isn't your dream job (I'm sure many of you are nodding your heads right now) that doesn't mean it has to be your career forever. My 60-year-old father who has been working in the media industry since he was 21 still says he wishes he had become a high school football coach like he always wanted. We are lucky to live in a society where it is acceptable to change career fields. Hey, I might want to pursue my childhood dream of being a dolphin trainer afterall. And that's OK, even if my major in college wasn't Marine Biology..