Lesson I Learned This Summer – Part 2

I have a lot of options in mind: O&G? Petrochemical? FMCG? Consulting? IT? EPC? Entrepreneur? Et cetera. Those are just some of many doors opened to a Chemical Engineering soon-to-be (fresh) graduate like me. Lucky, eh? Directly proportional to the lifeless 4 years, I daresay.

What you want, what you need: what’s gonna be your bet?

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What you want, what you need: what’s gonna be your bet?

Lesson #2: Future Career

What’s an internship without a glimpse to the future career? Yes, people. This Summer I learned deeper about the world I’m gonna deal myself with… starting from next year.

I have a lot of options in mind: O&G? Petrochemical? FMCG? Consulting? IT? EPC? Entrepreneur? Et cetera. Those are just some of many doors opened to a Chemical Engineering soon-to-be (fresh) graduate like me. Lucky, eh? Directly proportional to the lifeless 4 years, I daresay.

In this internship, I did a lot of self-reflection. What do I really want? What do I really need? What choice do I have? And to think about it, my goal to make this post is actually to make my readers think deeper into themselves: what are you going to do with your life?

Exactly what I did

Eventually, all along those self-reflections I feel that there are some points that need to be highlighted.

1. Passion

Look deeper into yourself and try to answer this question: what is my passion?

Simple, yet I feel that it’s very difficult to find the answer.

I’d really like to define ‘passion’ as something that makes everything related to it enjoyable to the one doing it. I think this is the best driving force to make a great choice of career. I asked myself a lot of questions about this: do I want a career in the city, or anywhere is okay as long as I can earn much; do I want a career that allows me to travel; do I want a career that can give me many training opportunities; do I want a career where diversity of ideas is respected and everyone has equal voices?

As a confused 20-year-old, I find this activity very enlightening.

2. Expectation

I don’t know about you, but my family has a very high expectation on me and my twin brother. A bit impolite maybe, but now I call and remind myself that soon I’m gonna be the money machine of the family. A sad truth, but there’s no way I could ever deny the fact.

My father’s paralyzed by stroke, a sickness that binds him to be idle at home. Sure, he needs a lot of money to stay alive. My mother has to work very hard as the sole breadwinner of the family, and she doesn’t earn much. My twin brother needs a lot of cash to be a medical specialist, and he still has a long way to go before having his own money or even finishing his education.

This makes my choice of career a bit limited. After making a list of ‘passion’, mixing and matching with the available choices of career, now I have to step back and remind myself that passion is not the only thing that I have to think about. More than that, I have to think about the fastest way to make my family prosper.

As a soon-to-be fresh graduate, ask yourself about the expectation that people put on you, and add this into your journey of deciding your future career.

3. Education

I hate to say this, but what I learned in this internship makes me realize that yes, educational background does matter in finding the best career. You may have heard some success stories about dropped out people who eventually become VIPs. In a less extreme way, you may also have heard about an architect who becomes the CEO of a top IT company, or a man graduated from an Agricultural University who is now very successful as a CEO in a multinational conglomerate company.

I adore those people. Yes. And I dream that someday I can be as successful as them, the top 2% of the people in this country. Influential and inspiring at the same time.

Now back to the education thing. I think no matter how limitless the possibility that this life offers, there’s a great deal of truth that companies, especially those who are related to specific areas, are more likely to hire people coming from the suitable backgrounds. At least that’s what I saw in my days as an intern. So yes, education matters, in a… I’d like to say, twisty way.

This picture says it all!

For now, I think those three are the top points that I constantly think about whenever my mind wanders to the realm of uncertainty (read: finding the best career path). Feel free to add if there’s any missing points. Soon I’ll be back with the 3rd part of my Summer Lesson.

Originally, this writing is longer and a bit different than what I finally decide to post. I feel that some of the contents are very personal and may not be wise to be accessible to public. Sorry.

Author: mfaradina

An Indonesian. A reliable realist outside yet a romantic dreamer at heart.

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