Boldness and Curiosity: How I got 5 awesome jobs with that combo (Part 1)

So many people you hear about who ended up not working in the field of their college degree. How about you? Are you? Not me. Here’s my story.

I thought that I wanted to be a high school history teacher. But when I got to student teaching in college, I realized that I made a grave mistake. I hated it.

I didn’t know then that I was an introvert and speaking all day would be draining. I just couldn’t picture a happy life as a teacher.

I did realize that there was a career that I was quite sure that I would love. Being an academic advisor at a college or university.

Back in high school, I was so excited to go to college that I obtained the college catalog and I mapped out every single course requirement for my planned degree. On a sheet of paper, I had listed them out semester by semester, taking into account which courses had pre-requisites.

And that is, of course, what academic advisors do. They help students pick out their courses for the upcoming semester to help them achieve their requirements for their degree.

So, I went to my own academic advisor with my dilemma. I told her about my desire to be an academic advisor and how I felt that I was able to do that well because I had mapped out all my courses for my degree back when I was in high school.

We came up with a plan and the Associate Dean agreed to it. I dropped out of student teaching and did an independent study as a student academic advisor to fellow students in the College of Education.

I exceled at the “job” and was so happy being a student academic advisor that semester.

I can’t wait to share what happened next.

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I write about mindset, emotional intelligence, self-care, productivity, habits, career, and relationship management.

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Elissa Teal Watson

Elissa Teal Watson

I write about mindset, emotional intelligence, self-care, productivity, habits, career, and relationship management.

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