When I look back at my childhood, I remember that I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. I however knew that I loved studying sciences. Eventually I excelled in them. When I graduated from high school, I was awarded a scholarship to study abroad.
After the award, I began to think seriously about what I wanted to study. At that time, I knew I needed to figure out what I was passionate about; a career that I would not regret about.
What I did was very simple. I came up with a list of the courses that I found interesting. Every course on the list was science related. I then used the internet to research more about each of the courses.
I started reading about each profession and what it required. All I knew is that I wanted a profession that would expose me to a challenging field of work and also afford me the opportunity to travel the world. I detested the feeling of being in one work-station my entire life.
I narrowed my search to a few courses, most of which were related to engineering. I then pictured myself in each profession and considered how I felt about it. I looked at images and descriptions of each career and its work environment to help me imagine how I would feel if I worked there.
Among all the careers in my list, I was interested with only two careers that would make me feel great in my life; these were petroleum engineering and geology.
I was confident about what I felt about these two courses. No one from my family had ever studied geology before and neither had I met a petroleum engineer nor a geologist before.
I saw a huge potential in these two fields. I was also confident that pursuing any of these courses would expose me to a lot of field work. When I settled down with the two courses, I was now faced with a bigger dilemma of choosing between the two.
After some research, I settled on petroleum engineering. I found out that being a geologist did not pose enough of a challenge for me. At that time, I felt that I needed something that was more challenging. I am an individual driven by challenges and petroleum engineering offered the best opportunity for me.
When I joined university, I realized that I did the right thing to choose petroleum engineering. Every day of the four years at the university was a proof that I had chosen the right path. I loved what I was studying and knowing that it was my passion gave me the energy to overcome the challenges that I came across.
Being passionate about petroleum engineering made me want to learn more about it. This is the best thing about following your passion. Following one’s passion makes an individual strive to become the best in what they do.
I graduated from the university among the top students which enabled to land a good job soon after graduation. I later joined the society of petroleum engineers that has afforded me the opportunity to travel to various destinations across the world.
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