As I come towards the end of my school life, I realize that i will have to join
the adult work force soon. The question is -- what career do I want to have ?
What should I do to earn a living ?
Some of my classmates have already decided
what they want to do in future, but most of us, like me, just have no idea what
a right career should be. It is very hard to choose a career because there is no
guarantee that the chosen career will turn out right. So this is where I have to
be practical. I shall have to examine my strengths and weaknesses and then
choose something that I can be good at.
I am just an average student. My grades for science and mathematics are
mediocre. I always manage to just pass the
monthly tests. Science and mathematics are not my strengths. My grades in the
arts subjects are usually better, though still not exceptional. Unfortunately
school subjects do not really interest me at all and I am not good at them. The
one thing that I am most interested in is music, and that is not a school
As far back as I can remember, I have always loved music. The day my mother
signed me up for piano lessons was the happiest day of my life. I really enjoyed
the years under the tutelage of Ms Lee, my piano teacher. Recently I passed the
Grade 8 examination and I harbor hopes of earning a degree in music but I do not
think that my parents can afford it. My father is a teacher and my mother is
a housewife. Anyhow they are not very supportive of my intention, saying that
one cannot make money from music. I have to disagree because some of the richest
people in the world are musicians and pop stars. Certainly I do not rank myself
among them nor aspire to be like them, but I am confident that I can make a
living from music.
During my free time, I earn some pocket money giving piano lessons to young
children in my house. The money I earn is not much but it helps to
upkeep my family. Whether I will teach piano
full time remains to be seen. It depends very much on how I fare in the
examinations and what opportunities are open after that. I am lucky in the sense
that I will always have music to fall back on
in case things do not work out well. My friends are not so lucky. They will have
to rely on their wits to get along in this world, but I am sure they will do all
right in whatever career they get themselves in.