Ah, geesh. I’m having some troubles coming up with anything of interest to say on this site lately. Sometimes life is just routine, and it’s hard to come up with anything truly worthy of posting.
So I thought I’d post a few embarrassing little tidbits about myself. I was thinking lately about how skewed my impressions of the “Real World” (i.e. the working world) were when I was younger.
For instance, when I was in middle school, my Mom insisted that I take a typing class. I remember getting all offended by this, telling her pompously, “I do not intend to be a secretary, so I don’t need to take a typing class.”
I can’t tell you how much I laugh at that now looking back. Ever since graduating from college, I have been practically strapped to a computer for at least 40 hours a week. And by the way, I’m damn good at typing.
So then there was this time in college when my computer did something wonky (word of the week, y’all), which was probably user error, but I THREW the keyboard across the room, and proclaimed that I hated computers and was proud to be computer illiterate.
Yes, I did that in front of my roommate and good friend, A. Good thing I got over my aversion to computers, because if I hadn’t, I might have ended up being one of the girls that holds road signs at construction sites. (Not that that is a BAD thing, just not my gig!) Ha! And to think I now work in high tech for a software company!
I also recall that one of my reasons for choosing to be a Marketing major was because I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on computers. Oh, and because I didn’t like math.
And now for the kicker, which is more embarrassing because it was when I was in college… I remember back when I chose Marketing as a major. I just loved my advertising classes, and truly pictured my career to be like those of the characters on (drumroll please) Melrose Place. I even recall thinking that I wanted to be a powerful business woman just like the character Amanda (played by Heather Locklear).
Seriously. If I could only go back and level-set my past self. I never pictured myself sitting in front of a computer in a cubicle, doing a lot of number crunching throughout my day. I mean Marketing has budgets and cost reduction and customer stats… All math… I really think I thought I’d be sitting in a big office dreaming up funny ads and commercials.
And though my job is pretty cool, it’s not nearly as – dare I say it – ‘sexy’ as I had once imagined.
So there you have it. Mom was right. And I hope to encourage my own daughter to be a bit more educated on her career choices by doing some internships and job shadowing. You better believe she’ll be participating in Bring Your Daughter To Work Day (a brilliant program started about 15 years ago).
Ah, man, I’m still chuckling at my former ignorence. Hope you enjoyed a good laugh at my expense!