For those who don’t know, I have a Bachelor of Science degree (Kinesiology) and a minor in Gerontology from SFU. Many people assume that getting a degree is the ticket to success. Sure it opens doors and gives me an edge over people without degrees, but it is not enough to secure a successful career. I know many people who have degrees and most of them have found unrelated jobs. I guess some just settle for job security. Sure that’s important, but people usually get degrees in areas that they love. Settling is not in my vocabulary. After going through 5 years of university, all I really wanted to do is find a career that I love, pays well, and has job security.
Luckily, I made the decision to attend BCIT. Sure it hasn’t been the easiest decision, but I think it’s the best decision I ever made. It has enabled me to find a career that fits all my requirements.
1. Having a job in healthcare because I love helping people
2. Making good money :)
3. Great job security and opportunities to grow
4. Not settling for just any job
5. Loving my job
6. Using my degree
7. Getting challenged everyday
8. Seeing the impact I have on others
1. Spending more money
2. More exams for over two years
3. Not being able to earn much money while in school
4. Not being financially independent
5. Not having a lot of free time
6. Studying every day
As you can see…the pros outweigh the cons! I am lucky enough to be financially and emotionally supported by my loved ones.
I have been noticing a trend recently. People I meet or know have questioned my decision to attend BCIT. They ask why I would go to college (like it’s some dirty word) after I got my degree from a university. They say it’s “weird”. They think it’s a waste of money and I feel like they look down on me. Some think I am a lifelong scholar who doesn’t want to face the real world. It’s a bit frustrating that people question my decision, but not everybody can see it from my point of view. Sure it’s a bit unconventional, but when I graduate, it’s all worth it! I am not going backwards….I’m simply going forward. Each day that passes means I’m that much closer to being a Sonographer and I can’t wait!
Moral of the story: Do what you love! Who cares what others think!