do I want to study?
By: Natalia Martínez Ojeda
do you want to be when you grow up?” This is the question that you are asked
when you were a kid. Usually, the answer is a momentary interest without any
idea of what is needed to reach it. Sometimes, the answer is really the most
complex, different, and noble profession that you can think of; selection made
with the sole purpose of causing a good impression with both the adults in your
life and your peers. Reporting “I don’t know” is not acceptable… especially if
a class grade depends on having an answer. Outside of the elementary school environment
you can get away with this answer… for a while. Even if you have no idea, any
answer is valid. The adults usually react in a positive or neutral manner…
nothing else. Nothing else, until you reach high school.
in high school, nearing the year where you have to declare what is it that you
want to be professionally, where you want to study… and take action to
accomplish those stated goals. This declaration is the result of years of subconscious
reflection about yourself and your possible role in the world you are
surrounded by. There is only one problem: those years of “subconscious
self-reflection” have not yielded any satisfactory results to the question
“what do I want to be when I grow up?”, which has been transformed to “what you
want to study?” Or maybe you really haven’t put any thought into answering this
question since elementary school and, therefore, you have no answer to reply to
this question. You are avoiding this type of conversation to avoid the negative
judgement of your peers and the adults around you, but take heart. There are
good news: you are not the only person that is confused with what you want to
be when you grow up, nor you have been, and you will not be. This is good,
because there are people that can identify with your current situation and help
you in the process of answering this question.
the decision of what you will study is an important decision that has long-term
effects. There are people that can say with certainty what they want to be when
they grow. There are others that don’t enjoy that blessing. In this page, we
will present possible strategies to facilitate the making of this decision.
people that know with certainty what profession to study and practice know it
either by instinct or by a decision made as a product of an event in their
lives However, not everyone enjoys that gift from God. For the rest of us,
making this decision is a tough and confusing process.
happens is that making the decision of what you want to study is too broad of a
question, then the way to work at this process is to break the question into
smaller, more manageable parts. For example: what do you want to do outside of
the school? What school class or topic did you worked on with delight? What
extracurricular activities catch your attention? What things you see in your
surroundings that catch your eye, makes you curious enough to engage in that
activity? What thing, activity, type of person, or idea makes you feel more
alive, complete, or the feeling that it represents the thing that you should be
doing in life?
complex question is: what are your values? The values that you have as a human
being should be considered at the time when you are making the decision as to
what you will study and do after high school. A list of values will be
presented with their possible professions to consider or what you should
you should explore better the areas of study based on what the supply and
demand market indicates.
you should explore professions that do not conflict with this value like
professions that can be based in one’s home.
you should explore professions that require solitary spaces like: psychiatry,
psychology, pharmacy, certified public accountant, architecture, among others.
you should explore the following professions: help professions, professions
geared towards service, artist or musician.
you should explore the following professions: doctor, teacher/professor, public
you should explore the following professions: lawyer, judge, police, etc.
If the idea of studying a profession that takes a long
time to study, even a bachelor’s degree, you can explore professions that do
not require much time to study. There are professions that require at most 2
years to study, which could be appropriate for you if this is a priority.
Professions like electricity, senior care, childcare, plumbing, chef,
cosmetology and barber, farmer, cabinetmaking, industrial sowing, medical
coding, security, small business management and occupational therapy, among
others. There are institutes that provide these options.
It can be that an aptitude test or a professional
career test is all you need to decide the profession that you will pursue and
practice. Go to your school’s counselor’s office and ask for this test. If your
school doesn’t have a counselor’s office, you can contact the Caribbean
Counselors Association and they will help you obtain a vocational counselor
through professional services (http://caribbeancounselors.weebly.com/board-of-directors.html).
It may be that you have tried all the methods provided
in this page and nothing has worked. It can be that the juvenile confusion is
so great that neither the reflection process nor the test have the desired
effect. In the occasion where the response to this question can’t be obtained
by instinct or logical means, there is a third strategy: activate the spiritual
area that is within you. Yes… I know. Maybe you didn’t know that it existed,
but this strategy is important, because the purpose of your life is connected
in the mental, physical, and also the spiritual aspects of your life. I am not
talking about religion but of that personal relationship that you have with the
spiritual area that is within you, that was created exclusively to be in
relation God and you. That’s why it’s important that you search for direction
to God. If you don’t know how to do it, contact us. We can help you… but that
is another topic.
Given that the spiritual area that is within you was
created to be in a relationship with God, the best answer that I can give you
is the most simplest: Ask God for help in this area of your life. God knows you
better than you know yourself… because he created you. God created you thinking
about you and the world in which He was going to insert you in. that’s why when
God created you, He put in you everything that you need to live and live
abundantly. God works on everyone in a personal manner. Because of this, God programmed humans so that
what he put in us emerges and gets discovered with perfect timing: the timing
of God. It is our job to know ourselves and to be susceptible to God’s
revelation about what he put in us.
God will not let us go through high school without a
plan or direction if we ask him for it, because that will mean that God’s
purpose for our lives will not be fulfilled efficiently. Once God answers,
though, work towards that direction.