What You Want To Be?

0 Comments 02 August 2006 / by

my co-worker, an indian girl who’s been assigned to indonesia for a year, asked me to grab a cup of coffee one afternoon. it was indeed a good idea, since we both been stuck in our cubicles looking at data, numbers after numbers in our attempt to analyze them. so as soon as she raised the idea, i okayed it right away, much to her surprise on how fast i answered. 🙂

we stayed for about an hour at the coffee shop at the ground level of our office building. at first, it was just a light conversation we started, then we involved in a conversation of what exactly do we want to do with our lives. she mentioned that after spending 3 years working in this company, she’s still not sure of what she wants to do, but she knows enough that she doesn’t want to do it for the rest of her lives. as for me, eventhough i’ve been doing what i do for a while, i like doing it, although if someone would offer me another exciting position, i would probably take it right away. heheheh….

so, what is it do we want to do in life? why is this question is so hard to answer? if you can answer this right away, then you’re lucky. but i feel that the older i get, the more i know what i don’t want to do, yet i can’t really figure out what i want. maybe i know what i want, it’s just that at this point in life, it would be series of deep thinking before i decided to jump from one work to another. it takes a lot of courage to do that and i take my hats off for those who are able to make such decision.

looking back, i know that when i was young, i would probably answer this question without even thinking. how many of you would too? if someone ask you what you want to be when you grow up? you’d answer right away, right? usually it’s to be a pilot, a doctor, an engineer, an architect, and so on and so forth. our naive little self wouldn’t even know the difference really and what it takes to be one, but it was a motivation to go forward in our young life.

and all of these motivations are often being monitored or guided by our parents. with the recent issues of the poor-quality education curriculum in indonesia, those dreams might be too far away from these kids. it’s just ridiculous how large percentage of students would fail to graduate. i don’t blame them, really. i blame the system. kids in the city are blessed with good quality private schools that the last thing in their mind would be failing to graduate, even though they spent their time hanging out the malls. but by having the exposure of malls, the world out there through hollywood, etc., they are actually learning without they even know it. the foreign language, the globalization business through the international brands of shoes or bags they desire, and so on. while kids in the villages… how would they graduate, when the quality of the education is soo poorly given? and no exposure to the world out there ..

then even if they graduate, they have to struggle to get in to college which of course, costs unbelievably so much money. then there’s the confusion of which major to choose. if kids in school haven’t been exposed with the majors of education, how would they know that they are learning what they like?

i know this is an old and ongoing issue. but i can’t help not to write about it after a little conversation i heard on a recent morning show in my favorite radio. a girl called in and said that she’s depressed with the major she took. it’s the most popular major, management, but it was her dad’s decision for her to take. she, herself, wants to study theater. but being a practical parent, her dad thinks that to be in the theater, she wouldn’t be able to make “enough” money to support herself once she graduates. while in management major, there would be tons of opportunity for her in the real world. cliche, really. but i can tell by her sound that she’s so depressed of this.. and the fact that she hates the subject, she cannot make good grades, thus, hurting her chance of graduating.

this stumbles me. i, for one, am lucky to have been blessed by parents who are fully supportive of any decisions i made. they never dictate me which subject i should choose to study, as long as i like it and i can get good grades because i chose the subject in the first place. i didn’t take an exciting subject like theater or bio-chemical or whatnot, but it’s something that i know i’m good at. ironically, i desire other passions like photography, and realize that what i do at the office is merely a professional one. but it doesn’t matter, cuz i’m happy and i have no one else to blame but me for taking the subject, and i have to except any consequences.

but i do believe that if someone has a strong desire over a subject, he or she may be successful in it. cuz whatever you do, if you have a passion for it, it will reflect in your work. though i do understand the point of view that the girl’s dad made. when unemployment rate in this country is so high, there’s no room for an unskilled worker. then it goes back to the question.. how would we create a quality skilled worker when the education is still a big blob??

you, the government, should answer that by seriously revise the current curriculum and upgrade the education system. cuz we all know, without good education, how would we compete in the global world? education should not just for the rich and able, but for everyone, as these young generations are the future of this country.

so, what do you want to be when you grow up?

:: sLesTa

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