So…yes, I know it’s been way too long and I have no idea how to justify my absence! But, I’m sorta-ish back…or at least for now! I wont make any promises because *inserts clever adjectival/metaphorical clause which will liken school unto a ravaged hungry monster who can never be satisfied* is out to get me…
But speaking of school, here’s an essay that I handed in to my lecturer! The requirement: Career Objectives; one page could have sufficed! The catch: this b!tch has been on my case all semester, because I’ve been “delinquent”! Oh please! At one point, she insisted “come and talk to me so I can know what’s going on with you”, but then when I go to her to see if she really meant it she responds with “Oh, I can’t help you! I don’t have the time for that!”. So with this assignment to hand in, and some choice words to say to this lady, I decided to give her something to think about. It’s by no means a wonderful essay or anything like that, but I said what I thought I needed to and I’m quite fine with collecting my F, if that’s the consequence! Pretty sure this essay has made its way around the staff room, but oh well!
My Career Objectives
A career is defined as “an occupation or profession, especially one requiring special training followed as one’s lifework”. A job on the other hand, is defined as “a piece of work, especially a specific task done as part of the routine of one’s occupation or for an agreed price”, “a post of employment; full-time or part-time position” and “anything a person is expected or obliged to do; duty; responsibility. It usually is considered to pertain to remunerative work (and sometimes also formal education). In consideration of these definitions, it becomes evident that a job and a career are different in the sense that one (the career) is long term, while the other (the job) is short term. There are also additional differences that bare equal value and weight to this discussion, such as the fact that a career usually requires special learning which may be achieved through training, may not mean stability of work as it encourages risk-taking, has varying income and may be highly valuable to society, while, a job is just the opposite.
With this said, my career objective is to be a game-changer in the fields of education and technology. I would like to be the next Steve Jobs and/or Mark Zuckerberg of the educational world. I believe that learning can and should be fun and we should try our best to open our students up to the idea that gaining new knowledge is ‘cool’. I also believe that students should be able to learn at their own pace, and teachers should be flexible enough to accommodate and effectively reach every student they teach. These concepts may seem far-fetched but in a world moving forward technologically with increasing momentum and no signs of stopping, the use of the right technology can make these thoughts a reality; and this is where I come in! I would like to create the software capable of fulfilling all these needs and bringing these ideas to life, in a way that is affordable and can be made accessible to students and teachers alike for a co-operative and integrative approach to the teaching-learning process that will be revolutionary.
My Career Objectives – The Truth
This assignment to write about my Career Objectives has been one of the most challenging pieces of graded academic coursework I have had to produce during my scholastic journey. I did not find this task difficult because the topic was complex, but rather because for once, I am at a point in my developmental passage where I am not interested in producing what is ‘expected’ to fulfill a course requirement. I instead feel compelled to disclose the reality of my situation in as simplistic a way as possible.
Distinguishing between a career and a job is important so the premise of this assignment could be properly understood and answered in the most honest way, and here it is: My career objective (yes, objective as in singular) is to be fulfilled and self-actualized. This was probably not the answer one would hope to hear as a faculty member or educator watching a student spend their and their parents’ or the government’s time, energy and funds, but it was probably the expected answer having read this essay thus far. The fact of the matter is that there are three kinds of students who pursue a tertiary education: 1) the students with concrete goals which they are driven to achieve and have probably been aware of for quite some time and are finally taking what they think are the necessary steps towards achieving them; 2) the students who do not know what they would like to do with their lives because having finished secondary school at the tender (average) age of eighteen, they are still lost to themselves and the world, and are just doing what their parents and society tells them to do, which is to get a degree so they can get a job; and 3) the students who know (even, if it is vague) what they want to do as their career, but because it is unconventional in the eyes of onlookers, they choose ‘safe’ careers (which actually turn out to be jobs) that are assumed will be better able to support them in the future, even though they have no real interest in these areas and still consider their four laborious years in college a waste. I am a combination of the second and third types of students: I know what I would like ultimately do, but because society is convinced that you need a degree to be successful, and the world will not stop and wait for your riskier but more fulfilling professional choice to yield fruit, instead, I must find something to, essentially, pass the time. It is for this reason that persons have ended up having and started to have multiple careers, either concurrently or sequentially for reasons including economic (poverty or striving for additional wealth) or personal (such as interest or lack of fulfillment in one career). Therefore this degree being currently pursued is nothing more than a brick being laid in the scheme of my life that will allow me to take up a job but not necessarily, contribute to the course of action I would like my life to take. I am not saying people do not and that I may not do well in this ‘interim’ career. But, according to author and educator Stephanie S. Tolan, “even when [an] individual is able to use [his or] her gifts to achieve undeniable career success, [he or] she may feel and appear seriously out of step”. Currently, this is how I feel while studying and it can only get worse in the future if I continue down this path.
A term that has always appealed to me is ‘Renaissance Man’ which refers to a polymath, a person “whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas”. I do not believe that you can and should only have and pursue one area, and I do not intend to conform or submit to this box being imposed on me to do so. So I choose to be a Renaissance Woman. I choose to explore many of my passions and interests, and hopefully they will be acceptable unto God. I am a devout Christian and I believe that God is still yet to reveal to me the purpose He would like me to fulfill, and show me His plan for my life. I am bold, intelligent, unique and unapologetic so and I know that He will use these attributes in a way He deems fit or will change me to be what He wants me to be so I can do what He wants me to do.
Seeing that I have argued my case, one career I may dabble in, in the future is Law. Also, considering that this was intended to be a one-page essay and I am on page three, I also intend to try my hand at writing; whether it be poetry or prose, however, is up in the air at this time, though I am interested in both. These are my career objectives, or at least they are for right now.
Well, that’s it for now loves! Who knows when next I’ll be able to post again? Sigh…til next time…
xoxo, from where my 7 dreams grow…