In my life I have always been told that I’m a good listener. I always like to be that friend that you can come to with your problems. I also tend to wait to be asked for advice because I know that sometimes people just need to vent about their problems. But, when I do give advice, I try to be unbiased in what I say. I am not afraid to tell someone the truth, even if it’s not what they want to hear, and I know how to temper the truth so that it doesn’t seem like an attack. I’m good at using words to diffuse situations, and I like to think that I can find the silver lining in just about every situation.
So, yeah. I’d like to think I’d make a good therapist.
I actually considered going to school and majoring in psychology. I took a few classes, and they were the most interesting classes I’d taken in my whole college career. I especially love child psychology and child development courses. It’s so interesting to learn about how events and environments affect how a child turns out as an adult.
But, when I did my research, I learned that jobs in therapy and psychology are few and far between. It’s really hard to break into that career path. Plus, you have to get your masters or doctorate to even be considered for the lowest positions.
I’d love to have that kind of job because it would be really fulfilling to actually help people, but that job was just too risky.
I decided to take another route to become an educator. I feel like my listening skills can still be applied in a helpful manner. I would like to be able to support my students in any way I can, and being a good listener is one of those ways.
Plus, I’m still a pretty good friend because of it. That’s always a positive! 🙂