I’m a student of class 9. I want to take journalism as my career but my parents dream of seeing me as a doctor. I’ve tried several times to confide in them and tell them about my dreams and future plans but they don’t seem to be satisfied. I don’t want to hurt them because they have always done the best for me though we belong to a middle class family. Should I forget about my dream and pursue the career which my parents have selected for me or should I go against the will of my parents and choose journalism as my career?
You sound quite keen on becoming a journalist instead of a doctor, so you must be feeling quite frustrated that your parents don’t share your dreams for your future.
If your mind is quite made up, you need to both develop your skills in journalism, and also be knowledgeable about a wide variety of subject areas. Develop your skills by contributing to the school magazine; teen magazines and newspapers; and take part in essay contests and more. Build your writing portfolio or blog. If you do well in these, it will then be easier to convince your parents that this is where your talents lie.
Parents want their children to have a secure future — both in terms of earnings and safety. If you can help them to see that you will be able to earn well in the field and that it is a respectable profession to be in, they will find it easier to see your point of view.
Nasreen Hashambhoy is a Counsellor, Life Coach and a Facilitator of training programmes for schools and corporates. Through a combination of coaching, counselling and facilitation techniques based on cognitive science and positive psychology, she helps clients achieve their true potential. She is the author of the series Values In Action published by Better Yourself Books.