I got an abstract design.
Things like this made me anxious about what kind of career I'd have. Yes, I actually worried about things like this in 5th grade.
I started journalling at age nine. I wrote that I wanted to be a farmer and a writer. I have proof of this because I wrote it down. When an adult asked me what I wanted to be, I'd just seen a commercial for how to be a paralegal, and that sounded legit "I'd like to be a paralegal". She laughed. Later, in school I tested high for aptitude in music but I didn't want to wake up an hour earlier to go to music class (I wasn't a morning person then either). Even later in school, carrer testing told me I'd make a good priest.
It came as a huge relief when, in Junior High, I learned that:
- most jobs that would be available when I was old enough to work hadn't been invented yet
- most people change their careers a few times, and
- most people do not work in the field they studied.
My goal is not to wake up at forty with the bitter realization that I've wasted my life in a job I hate, because I was forced to decide on a career in my teens. - DariaTo me, knowing a new crop of jobs would appear, and that I wasn't bound forever to my major meant I could study (almost)* anything I was truly interested in without worrying about how it would earn me a living. I could always bend or twist it into one of the new-fangled careers from the future. So I picked Psychology.
I love psychology. There were surprises at every turn and being a young science had already built a cool history. Even now, things are fluid. I watched Paul Bloom's Psychology 101 through Open Yale Courses and the field has changed for the better. Even the areas are different. Hot now are developmental psychology and linguistics.
Anyway, I guess what I'm saying is teach yourself or your kids these three things if you haven't already. You could be diverting an early-life crisis.
*I was too scared to study writing or art because I'm a coward.