Sunday, March 23, 2008
Choosing a career really depends on your openness...
I was reading an interview with one of NASA's top Antarctic scientists, Robert Bindschadler. His team was the first to set foot on Antarctica's global warming hotspot -- Pine Island Glacier, one of the most dangerous places on Earth. He was asked, "What made you want to be a glaciologist in the first place."
He answered, "I was trained as a physicist at the University of Michigan but didn't have the fire to work in the basements of physics labs. Then I discovered that I really enjoyed books on mountains, especially ones with snow and ice on them. I came across a book called The Physics of Glaciers by Stan Paterson which I read in one night. Once I realized that there was a field glaciology . . . I haven't looked back since."
His answer made me think of my own career development, a similar situation when I was teaching in Turkey.
I was 25 years old, recently married, and searching for a career that might better fit me. A friend loaned me a book, On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy by Carl Rogers -- I was fascinated and excited! Counseling made sense; felt right; and I began my career in the field . . .
Professional career counselors see this a lot and are trained to help you. Our websites give you give you solid advice and exercises, based on the best practices and science of the field.
A lot really depends your openness to experience, being an active learner and explorer -- and using your values and interests as your career compass.
Does this statement ring true to you?