Hello to all! The Unleashed One here. I hope that your week has been a wonderful one so far. It is time for another installment for Affirmations August. In case you missed, the last three, the links to them are below for your enjoyment and enlightenment.
In my experience as a child, one of the first questions I got asked in school is, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Funny enough, I remember the majority of the answers I gave when asked.
The 1st answer I gave was to be a doctor. In particular, a plastic surgeon. I thought (and still believe) they do miracles as it pertains to transforming the body. When I saw the cost and time investment involved in making it a career, I switched gears.
My gears switched to possibly being a nurse. The nurse was the main one tending to patients, having one-on-one interaction. In my opinion, some of the nurses get to know patients on a more humane level than the doctors.
What put that aspiration on pause was my being squeamish of needles and science not being one of my top favorite subjects. Not that I didn't do well in science, but English and math ranked higher on my priority list.
Since I excelled at math, my career choice switched to something more numbers-based. In the 9th grade, I signed up to take Accounting. Back then, it was a course mainly for 10th-12th graders but I got the okay due to my advanced placement in other classes. There were many moments that I would tutor some of the other students struggling in the class. This experience stuck with me. In the end, I received my Bachelor's degree in Accounting.
Graduating from college was a very big deal, considering that I am a 1st generation college graduate. One of the lessons I wish college would have done a better job with preparing me for was the possibility of not finding work in my chosen career right away.
I had a small internship with one of the Big 4 accounting firms doing auditing. Once that ended, I attempted to land an entry-level accounting job in my home state. The opportunities were scarce, but the majority of the reasons why I got turned down was due to "lack of experience".
How is one supposed to get experience if you don't let a person "enter" to get experience? Um ... I'm just saying.
On top of that, the interviews were usually not very close, due to my being from a small town. So, even if I got hired, I would have to prepare for a long commute or move within proximity of my job's location.
I did get good news from a firm in Chicago, but my grandmother's health was starting to decline. Plus, she had major concerns with me going so far. I relinquished the offer but did let my grandparents know that if I wasn't able to find work in my home state within a year, I would have to take the chance and venture out.
Around 2001, I decided to switch gears. My theory was that in order to open myself to more opportunities, I would have to take a more general route. In specific, business administration. So, although I already had my degree, I arranged to transfer the majority of my credits and pursue another degree ... in Business Administration. Doing so led me to Georgia. By doing the transfer, I would only have to be in college for just over a year. In addition to going to school, I was also doing office administration work for the county government.
About a month shy of graduating, I discovered that my current position was being eliminated. Another degree, but now, no job.
I don't know what would have happened if I'd decided to stick it out in Georgia. I admit there were some negative experiences that impacted my wanting to remain there. However, in my mind, returning home represented failure. Why have all of this education if it wasn't equating to success?
I did something that was a far cry from my typical moves of calculation. I threw it all to the side and opted for a new beginning. That new beginning led me to New Jersey.