Students should aim for jobs that reflect personal interests


Many of us have been asked what we want to be when we get older. Whether your five year old self wanted to be a policeman, astronaut, or fairy princess, our goals might have most likely changed as we’ve gotten older.

High school is a time when many adolescents like to find themselves and figure out what they want to be and what permanent footprint they want to leave on our society. 

Many parents like to encourage teens to go after the higher paying more educated jobs like a doctor or lawyer. But typically, we aren’t so fond of this idea. 

Most of us are really talented in sports or liberal arts. Parents sometimes downgrade the idea of getting a job in these professions because they are harder to make more profit from. 

While some adults may be open and understanding of your dream profession some may feel better if their child will choose a job that’s more financially stable. 

Liberal arts and sports careers do pay the bills, but that usually only happens when someone becomes very successful in that career. Parents are concerned that their children won’t be successful in the career they want if they don’t become very good at it, which is understandable. 

I believe we should encourage talented students to pursue their dreams. If it really doesn’t end up working out, maybe then you should make a plan B. But many talented teenagers are shown to have a career set ahead of them in the extracurriculars they take.

Students shouldn’t be limited to their job options or be pressured to go to a high-end Ivy League school just to please the thought of having a secure job. If they don’t like the profession there’s really no point in spending time into it. 

Work is done by the people who are best at the job and the best are the ones most committed and interested in the work. If you have a love for one hobby, let it find its way into your future job. 

As the famous saying goes, if you love your job you never work a day in your life.