14 May, 2009

Girl who lost her way

My daughter W was in cross road after getting her SPM (Form 5) result, she doesn’t know what she wants to study to be in line with her future career.

The effort had been made from my side by providing vast info and full support, with the hope to help her gained a clearer picture of what suit her on what she want. She attended numerous talks, spending hours with the lecturers finding out, seek advised from school councillor, exchange view with teachers & headmaster, and finally all my unfortunate friends and relatives were forced to chip in and help.

Since young, W had limited access to TV program, allowing her to watch Disney, Animal planet & Discovery channel, she loved the show of late Steve Irwin – “The Crocodile Hunter", where she developed the passion on animals, then, her ambition was to become Veterinarian.

During her long break waiting for SPM result, she was free to watch any program to kill her 100 days boredom, she landed up watching soap drama related to the legend of Lawyer, she changed her mind to pick Law for study.

With all her intended ambitions made me busy during the 100 days, for her choice of Veterinarian, I had brought her to pet shops, shown her the reality of work, able to tolerate the stink odour, the messiness, the dirt and the not so discipline pets.

Follow by Magistrate court to witness court procedures, she adored seeing lawyers dressed up smartly in black, but, when the session began, she had instant disappointment on the lawyer presentation, soft and monotonous tone, where was the excitement and thrill as shown in the TV ??

I witnessed some ‘katak’ (frog) teenagers jumping around, jump from science to art stream, from A-level to form 6, from medicine to fashion, from accounts to chef. I am kind of worry she will get the deadly virus of katak.

Finally, she picked sixth form to continue her study, allowing her another 2 more years to firm up her ambition. During which, I will help her to explore further on her liking in Psychology, Physiotherapy, Ecologist & more
, I presume ?


kumowai said...

Work is always not as fun as it seems. Given that little W never actually work before, her imaginary dream work did not meet her expectation after you show her the reality of work. TV will always show the best moment of working life. That's the dream of every students before enter the society and work. The first day at work is normally hell for most people. If you ask why, it's not because the workload or the paid. Many will tell you that the job and life style is way off from what they imagine it to be. So for your little W case, I assume that she change her mind because she don't like what she saw rather then she found something interesting to become. School time is always like a dream compare to the working life. Sooner or later, we all must wake up. So try not to wake her up until it's time.

P/S: For now it seems that it is best to choose what she likes to study then what she likes to become later. Besides, it's never too late to change the study subject after knowing what she really what to become nowadays.

mommyscchoo@yahoo.com said...

Kumo, tks for your great advice. At least for now till next 1.5 yrs she is happily taking Bio & Chemistry, headache will start again after this.