As I was driving back from Oklahoma yesterday, I was doing two things: thinking about my career path and passing a lot of truck drivers. I was in a very pensive mood. Doing those two things made me think about the job placement test we had to take in eighth grade. I think it was given to us to help us see what careers would be a good fit for our skills and personality and to help guide our class selections in high school. I took that test very seriously (like most things) and anxiously awaited the results.
When I got the results back, I remember being shocked. I was put in the category of truck driver, logger, and bus driver – very blue collar careers. There’s nothing wrong with those careers but as a 14 year old girl, I never ever dreamed of being a truck driver growing up. I always wanted to be a veterinarian beautician or a teacher.
I remember showing the results to my mom and we laughed about how crazy they were. Now that I’m actually in my career, being a logger or truck driver doesn’t sound too bad! Sometimes the career path I chose can be frustrating because of all the nutrition opinions out there and having to socialize so much. I’m very much an introvert so cruising down the road in the cabin of my truck with my jams playing doesn’t sound so bad! I’d have my dog sitting in the seat next to me and I’d definitely have a bluetooth head set so I could talk to all my friends and family. I’d want a route that’d let me travel all over the country so I could see as much as possible. The only problems I foresee are me barely being able to parallel park and back my own car into a parking spot (even with a backup cam), the fact that I’d refuse to drive in ice or snow, and I would not want to drive in traffic or construction. So as long as I can find a route that suites those needs, this career sounds like a great fit for me!
The other career option that would allow me to not have to talk to a lot of people would be logging. Pros: I look cute in plaid (do they even wear plaid?), I’d get to be outside for a while each day, and I’d get a good workout in. Cons: There’d be too many bugs and creatures in the forest, I’d feel terrible killing their habitat, and I’m not one for a lot of manual labor. Maybe I could just operate the heavy machinery in the air conditioned cabin.
Hmmm I think I’ll just stick to dreaming about being a veterinarian beautician. Could there be a better combo? Get your dog checked out then get your hair done, all in one location! I might have to put a patent on that.