I Want to do Everything
December 26, 2021
Ariella Jacobs

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This question has been thrown at us since we’re kids, and from a young age, we’re expected to choose something and stick to it. In school, we start focussing on certain subjects and if we go to college, we specialize even further there. My answer to that question changed on a frequent basis as a kid. And even now, I have grown up, been through school and college, I still find myself wanting to explore other avenues.

 

I fell in love with learning when I was at university. I would eagerly tell anyone who would listen, that if I won the lottery, I would just study degree after degree after degree. My plan was to work my way through the alphabet and just keep going. I was still relatively young and fresh then. Now I don’t think I would have the stamina for that, but the curiosity has never waned. I genuinely find everything fascinating. I would love to learn history throughout the ages (a subject I despised in school, so it was never really given a second thought), understand psychology a bit more, and maybe study music and art. Even within my own field, my desires have changed multiple times. I’ve changed career paths once, and am on the verge of doing it again in the not too distant future.

 

Smiling female engineer at the shipyard

Getty Images/DigitalVision/Luis Alvarez

 

The problem here is that for some reason this is seen as a negative attribute on a resume. It seems to give off a vibe of lack of commitment or passion. I actually love the fact that I find so many things interesting, and I think that it helps provide new energy and outside perspective when people come in with different past experiences. Of course, there will always be those who specialize and go into great depths within their field. But I know I’m not alone, and I think people like me have a lot to offer to the working world.

 

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