This morning I got a message from a guy over on Facebook asking for input on whether or not to change his major to Sociology.
As I crafted my answer to him I pondered some about the circuitous route many of us take in finding our life path.
When I was a kid playing imaginary games I NEVER thought "I want to be a Sociologist when I grow up!" It just sort of happened. Like many in the field, I was seduced into the study by the influence of a very charismatic instructor who made me feel like understanding SOC was akin to having a secret de-coder ring. Every situation I looked at took on new implications of meaning when viewed from the sociological perspective.
Then, when work started coming my way as a result of my SOC contacts that reaffirmed for me that I was on the right path.
But how do we really CHOOSE what area of study is the best fit?
As I told George, NO MATTER WHAT we major in, it is possible to get stuck in a dead end job or not be able to find a job, and NO MATTER WHAT we study it is possible to find a niche that fits. My kid brother got a heavy duty degree in materials engineering from MIT and then went into banking. Go figure.
It is an illusion to think that any certain certificate from any certain college will lead to "the good life." But the networking with professors and others in the field can sure help to open some doors.
I'm curious. For those of you who read this who have the blessing of a college education, how did you decide what to study? For those who never went to college - if it were handed to you on a silver platter, what would you LIKE to study?
How much do you think it makes sense to plan and design your life's work and how much of it is getting out of your own way and watching it unfold?