Growing up, I was always at a loss when it came to deciding what I wanted to be when I grew up. Like many kids, I would often have different answers depending on what I thought to be the most reputable career at the time. Many times my answer would revolve around the most popular careers which included careers in; law, medicine, computer technology, chemistry, biology, and geology.
I imagined that having a career in any field was simply a matter of choice. I was not aware of the work that is required to qualify to work in any given field. I was also not aware that not all people are gifted or suited to work in any given field.
As I grew up, my focus concentrated more on medicine. I imagined being a doctor would be a great career. It amazed me that a doctor was able to know the illnesses of patients and he was able to prescribe the right treatment. I wanted to be able to provide the help that a doctor provides for sick patients. I also wanted to have the respect and admiration that doctors have in society.
As such, I focused more on my sciences in school. This was however not easy. As a kid I imagined that being a doctor merely meant knowing just a few things about diseases and their cures. I was not prepared for all the study that was necessary for one to become a doctor. I was especially overwhelmed when it came to the complex sciences concerning anatomy and chemistry.
I was encouraged by my parents and teachers and they told me that it would be easier as I progressed. They told me that I would later choose to specialize in an area that I was more comfortable studying. This gave me some confidence. I considered specializing in unique fields of study such as in gynecology which did not seem to entail much. Later I realized that even the specialized areas in medicine require a lot of study in complex subjects.
I found out that I was just not suited for the complex sciences. Recalling the tough scientific names was too much of a challenge for me. The numerous complex functions boggled my mind and left me hapless. After a lot of struggle, I grudgingly had to drop my pursuit of a career in medicine and look elsewhere for a field that would suit me.
Unfortunately this was already rather late for me since I was already in the second year in college. I could not conveniently start studying for another course such as law which had also been a former fancy.
My father who is a welder and owns a welding firm suggested that I could take up welding classes. Welding was not difficult and I could make a good career from it. I would even be able to take over operations at my father’s firm.
I joined a famous Texas welding school where I was finally able to learn a trade that has been very profitable for me.