“Job-wise, I’m completely lost right now, not knowing what I really want. I regret having started studying without asking myself the right questions. What are my values? How do I want to contribute? I have a bachelor and a master in psychology. It’s still a big advantage, but I realize that I don’t want to be in an office typing up reports all day. No, no ! I want to be in action.
I just finished an internship in neuropsychology. It was very interesting, but I don’t see myself doing tests after tests, looking for diagnoses at all costs. And now everything is about performance. I’m okay with having a job, but I also have hobbies and passions. We’re not our job! I see a big difference with my parents’ generation. For them, work is their identity, they give everything for it. And when the pressure is too great, they have trouble letting go. This has given me food for thought. I have often said to myself: I am not going to get into such a state because of my work!
So I’m looking for new projects. When I was a student, I had a job working with elderly people. I was doing home visits, walks, games etc. When I was with them, I was in their lives. It was very concrete. And I said to myself: Damn, this is useful! It’s really gratifying! It’s things like that that bring me joy. What I like is that it’s very simple and it has allowed me to develop my listening skills and non-judgment.
Frankly, this job has also made me put things into perspective. We’re all growing old, we’re all going to die, so no more complications! I used to get all worked up: you’re almost 30, you don’t have a “real” job, etc. But now I don’t care at all. I’m at a turning point, so I must make sure I don’t listen to social pressure. I’m doing the best I can and things will work out at some point!”
(Quai Wilson | translated from French)