Good Mornin’! Happy (hump) day…ugh- I hate that- haha! 🙂
Today I have a topic to discuss that a reader asked me about, so that’s what I’m going to talk about today! 🙂 Manda recently requested that I do a post on my college education- what my degree was in, why I picked it, if I’m using it now, and about my current job.
Here we go…growning up I ALWAYS wanted to be a teacher.
At first I wanted to teach 3rd grade, but then as I got older it switched to high school. In my opinion, I think that teachers in high school make the biggest impact in a kid’s life – maybe it’s because high school teachers are the last that kids see while in school…or as I think, it’s when their minds are the most open. I think it’s when kids start to develop their own opinions & beliefs, it’s where they start to pull away from their parents & get ideas of their own. Of course, this is also a very trying time in a child’s life- dealing with the drama of highschool, the crazy emotions, and getting ready to go off to college.
When I graduated high school, I was still bound & determined to be a teacher. I decided to attend the University of Central Florida— GO KNIGHTS– and started out with a teaching major.
As time went on, I discovered more HOW MUCH it costs to live ‘in the big world.’ It’s kind of sad that this is the reason I decided to change my major from teaching to marketing..but it’s the truth. I found out how much teachers make in the state of Florida, and it is SAD- I mean VERY SAD 😦 I realized that I didn’t want to have to depend on somenone else to pay my bills for my entire life, & I wanted a career in which I could support myself.
I liked the idea of majoring in marketing/ public relations, since that was what I was currently doing as a job throughout college. I actually had my job in college for almost all 4 years of college. I really have no fear in talking to people, I’m really outgoing..so I thought marketing/ sales would be ideal for me.
I always loved learning about politics during high school, and have always LOVED social studies- it was my favorite subject in school. (well, that & English) I get the politic loving from my Dad. He is always 100% up to date on all of the latest policies & political information…so we would always talk about it growing up.
I also had a vision of maybe going to law school. I was thinking that maybe I could one day be a corporate lawyer. I was NOT into the idea of defending guilty people, but I loved all of th intricate things about being a lawyer- reading all of the contracts, pointing out things that might be overlooked- those kind of things.
My major DID end up staying Political Scince/ Pre Law…but the idea of going to law school died out. I kept my degree in Political Science becaue I love it. I graduated from UCF in December of 2009 & was thinking that I would become a high school teacher. I wanted to teach social science, or some kind of political class. I actually was a student teacher during my last semester at a local high school & I LOVED every minute of it. It just re-assured my idea that I definitely would want to teach high school, if I ever did decide to teach.
After a lot of thought, I really wanted to pursue my dream of being a teacher. I talked with Craig & my parents about it- they were supportive of me. Craig was kind of if-fy about it, only because he knows how AWFUL the Orange county school system is. After a few months of job searching I found out that Orange county was NOT hiring any new teachers. Well, they were not hiring anyone without teaching experience. I still have YET to see how I would have experience teaching right out of college…
I was really bummed at first, but I knew I had to keep my head up. Times right now are hard enough to find a job, but even worse if you are always depressed about it. In March of 2010, I got a job doing work in Real Estate. I actually was a Real Estate agent in Florida while I was in college- I worked for Coldwell Banker. 🙂 I enjoy Real Estate too, but as you know it is NOT a time to be working in Real Estate as an agent, at least here in Florida. At the job that I was at we were working with foreclosed homes. (HUGE market right now- so sad 😦 )
I was STILL on the job hunt because the real estate job was not something that I could see myself in forever…it was just a job that would pay the bills. After about 2 months of extensive searching (something like sending out 30+ resumes a day!!!), I finally got a job interview with a FINANCIAL company.
I thought this was HILARIOUS because I never wanted to do anything in finance- I hated it. I thought it was so boring & way too complex. Well, I got a call back for a 2nd interview & I went. I actually really loved the office (it’s in a beautiful location!), everyone that worked there seemed really friendly & it just seemed right.
Needless to say when I got the call back that I was being offered the job if I wanted to take it, I was STOKED! It really seemed like something that I could call a CAREER, not just a ‘job’ for the time being.
I started out doing secretarial stuff ( we all have to start out somewhere right?!) , but have now moved up and am in charge of all new business accounts. I LOVE my job & I work with some fantastic people!! Of course there are days when I get annoyed, or just want to go home & curl up in bed…but never do I wake up hating what I do. I have also learned a LOT about the industry, now that I am involved in it. I can now tell you that I actually LIKE learning about the stock market, following the stock market, learning about interest rates & all of that kind of stuff. It is pretty interesting 🙂
Honestly, a lot of getting my job seemed to be ‘the right place at the right time.’ Of course there was some effort on my part too- it was HARD work job searching- but I was PERSISTANT! That is key!! Keep pushing- YOU CAN DO IT! It’s so important to keep that in your head, do NOT get discouraged!!
As you can see, I am NOT doing anything in my major, but I am VERY happy that I have my college degree. It is worth it- SERIOUSLY. I know it’s a struggle sometimes, but it’s so worth it in the end. Having a degree definitely helped me get my job that I have now- it was important to my boss that I have it.
Anyways, I hope that you have enjoyed reading about my college education & have a got the career that I have now.
Questions for you:
1. If you have graduated from college, what is your degree in? Are you doing something that you majored in?
2. If you are in college, what is your major? What do you want to do with your major?
3. If you have graduated, If you could go back & change your major, would you? If you are in college, is the major that you picked definitely something you are interested in?
Have a GREAT DAY! You’re half way to Friday 😉