Enlightment and career path.

Chris Sotomayor (@crisprods) 8 years, 9 months ago

Hello, My name is Christian Sotomayor. I am very new to this website and I have loved it since the first day. So, today I have decided to join the community and post something that has been running through my heal for a while. I a currently a Senior in High School, about to make a big decision about what career i want to follow. As many other people I have considered many careers for their ¨Economic stability¨. Such, as engineering and pharmacy. But, I believe that those careers (besides having a great paycheck) turn you into a computer with no critical thinking abilities. Many of the students in these careers are there because their parents pushed them and because they seek the monetary reward as if life were a Monopoly game. I believe that going to University as the word says it ,¨Universal¨ is much more than just preparing for a job. In the early years of education people did not have the need to prepare for such tasks. They attended college in order to broaden their knowledge that is why the liberal arts is such an important base for a person´s mind. Well, this is my opinion and I hope I hear from you guys! Oh, by the way, I am planning on becoming a Psychologist.

Cheers,

Chris Sotomayor.

February 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm
Chris Sotomayor (7) (@crisprods) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

:)

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Anonymous (512) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@crisprods, Are you sure that you’re ready to make this kind of decision? Do not let the fact that you are about to graduate from high school influence your decision. I mean, why should it? Everyone moves at a different pace. The most successful individuals identify this pace earlier than others. If you truly want to become a psychologist, great. I hope you know why and what for.

Gotta meditate on this kind of shit man!

Best wishes.

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Heed them, HEthen (91) (@heedthem) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@crisprods, I push you to search for your true calling as closely and best as you can, but I also suggest to not take Psychology. lol. It is one of the most chosen majors in the past five years and also one of the least liked on a resume (because I guarantee you will not graduate with a job related to your career… Sorry.)
I would push you to consider why, very specifically, you chose Psychology and what you are looking to gain out of your career. Happiness and success are easy cop-outs to say. Make it more specific. Like: “I wish to pursue my happiness by helping youth with eating disorders and mental imbalances.”
It should include something personal to you and something that comes easily to you – as a Psychologist you would definitely require the ability to see all angles people are coming from long before you can diagnose a person with anything, let alone suggest treatments. You need ability for a keen eye of behavioral patterns and to see from an objective.

These are just examples, but meditate heavily upon your strengths and your weaknesses, and what drives you with constant motivation. What brings you passion?
You have the right idea, but the next step is to learn to integrate it into your personal life.
Most adults go through at least 3 career changes in their life, including differing from something related to their degree.

You need to consider all avenues – like what if you did Liberal Arts or Social Work or Counseling or Sociology?
This is what will make you prepared for the throes of life and make you realize that life is not linear; there is infinite possibilities within each infinite possibility and will change the course of the rest of your life.

Good luck!

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Chris Sotomayor (7) (@crisprods) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@optimystic, Thanks for your reply! And yes, I believe I am ready to make the decision. I can not see myself anywhere else right after High School. I wanna major in Psychology and then get a masters in Human factors. And yes, I completely agree about the meditation part, haha. It is definitely a huge life decision that cannot be taken lightly.

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Chris Sotomayor (7) (@crisprods) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@heedthem, Hey! thanks for the reply. About your response, as of now what makes more sense to me is to follow the study of the mind. I am a very analytical person, I think very critically. The way people think and interact with their surrounding intrigues me a whole lot. That is why I believe I should pursue a career in Psychology. Now, about the statistics. I know a Barchelors in Psychology is one of the most overrated majors, and you cannot go really far with it, but my plans is to earn a masters in human factors/ergonomic psychology as I am also a very creative person. Human factor Psychologists work along with engineers in order to make electronics/cars/anything more pleasant and safe for human interaction. This is something that as of now catches my attention. Now if I were ever to change my career path I am very open and I will find out through the path of my life what I am here for. :)

Cheers

Chris Sotomayor.

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