On personal request from two readers, I’m going to consider odd jobs. Odd jobs are professions and careers made out of unconventional jobs. Even then, an “unconventional” job is subjective to what people think is unconventional. For example, many would think a doctor is conventional and a fisherman is anything but that. The focus here is to get you thinking of the extraordinary.
In 2011, I wrote a blog entry about jobs and careers. I was asked by friends to help them make a career choice. I entered college in 2010, so by 2011, they had begun to fail their classes and the chances of them earning their ideal career began to slip. So, I entered the scene to try and help them decide on a new career (read: an alternative to medicine that makes a ton of money).
However, back in 2011, a lot of the jobs that were considered “good” emphasized biotechnology and research. You can search on Google for the references (“Best Jobs 2011”). Nevertheless, the jobs listed were math intensive, but many of them required only a bachelor’s degree since those fields were dominated by computer science and engineering (specifically bio-or-chemical engineering).
I’ve had previous blogs that circled around my life. I focused on my undergraduate career (all four years) from entering to graduating from a university at the heart of the Inland Empire. Consequently, my journal concluded. I debated whether I should continue the journal. It was a healthy hobby, and friends, family, and strangers enjoyed reading the entries and placing their opinions on the various topics.
My original journal concluded December 2013 (Winter 2014 for my school friends). Fast-forward to the present, I decided I should continue the journal and make a fresh take on it all. I debated with friends as to my focus for this journal. I chose a simple developing career and life because I am moving into the “real-world” and far away from friends and family.
For previous readers, this is all repeat. For the new readers, welcome to my life. In contrast to the previous blog, I spoke of the good, the bad, the horrendous, and the hilarious. Of course, some posts were considered raunchy by some people, but that described my life as a college student. College, for me, was 50% fun, 25% studying, 25% keeping myself alive.
My focus on a career is interesting because I never knew that I would be in a 24/7 position of power. Before I entered college, I had the true ideals of a naïve high school student by making claims such as “I want to become a doctor, doctor, doctor, doctor, or a doctor.” I never imagined that I would end up being what I despised: a business man.
I’ve met my fair share of criticism by entering business administration. It was a field friends and family did not expect I would do well in. Of course, I’ll let the successes speak for themselves. However, it was expected that I would do medicine because of the status, prestige, and money. However, I’m certain a major reason was because professions such as medicine, law, etc., are the only “successful” fields people know.
My take to join business over medicine was time. I would rather start making the same amount as a doctor with half the time and the same amount of pay. I am not a numbers-man, but since common folk incorrectly equate big success with big numbers, I’ll include it as a rough reference. Furthermore, for my field of work, I am in charge of hiring the doctors and medical staff.
I do regret not earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Instead, my undergraduate career looked at a B.A. Anthropology (conc. Linguistics) and B.A. Psychology (conc. Neuroscience). I entered my university as a Pre-Medicine student trying to earn a degree in Biochemistry. I hated it. I did well in the classes, and I know I could practice medicine, but I lacked the conviction to carry on.
I threw away a potential career that could’ve given me everything…