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Choosing a right career

 

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 subject.

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.

     
mediocre   not very good
     
upkeep   the cost or process of keeping something, such as a building, in good condition
     
fall back on   to use something for help because no other choice is available
 
 
 

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