My Future Profession
By Odera Ohuruogu
I used to always imagine the different jobs I would have as an adult. For a few months, I wanted to be a doctor. Then, I wanted to be a teacher. Maybe I would teach English or maybe music? I even had a phase where I thought I would become a marine biologist. But then the ideas started dying down and I entered a state of silence. For a couple of years, I just had no idea what I wanted to be. One day, I decided to take a quiz to see what program I thought I should be in. After looking at all the categories, I landed on wanting to do something related to psychology. Even though I knew I was interested in it, I still didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. Did I want to be a therapist or a psychiatrist? Or did I want to be a school counselor? My family of course wanted me to go the psychiatrist route yet I wasn’t and still am not sure if medical school is for me. It takes a lot of time, money, and effort. And then, while this debate was going on in my head, I realized that I had more than one interest that I could pursue. I naturally found a love for writing and grew my love for music. Because of those interests, I can see myself as many things in the future. I could be a scriptwriter or a musician. I could write books with lots of meaning or write songs that connect with people and perform them. My multiple career options made me feel out of place. I thought that there was something wrong with me since I couldn’t choose one thing but then I learned something. I learned that there is a term for people like me. I am a multipotentialite- a person with many different interests and creative pursuits. Learning about this term made me feel less alone. Knowing this doesn’t automatically eliminate all the stress and anxiety about the future but it helps me have a different approach to life. Instead of trying to be and do one thing, I can try as many things as possible. I don’t have to limit myself and my passions-I can explore them. I can find different ways to impact people.