Did your parents bug you about your career?

  • metalxracr

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    Jul 27, 2008 10:37 AM GMT
    Mine never did! I started out as a double major in engineering and math. It was fun, and I love it, but I realized its not what I wanted to do.

    My entire family is in the oil business and I never showed interest in it, I'm the odd ball! A few years ago I moved out of my place at the end of the spring semester and told my parents I'm headed to school in LA and I don't plan on coming back. They basically said, "yeah right!" and laughed. They seriously thought it was a joke.

    They weren't too pleased with my new choice in career because they didn't know much about it and didn't think I'd get a good job. Well I've landed a really good job and I get paid very well. Plus I do other work on the side for extra cash.

    However, I'm in Texas visiting my family and everyday my parent's are hinting about all these jobs. My dad keeps talking about these positions that are open at his company right now and how they'll send me to school to take a few more classes. I tried saying "No" in every language I can think of, apparently they still don't understand the word.

    I'm completely happy with my job and I love the pay. I don't care if I could be making a few hundred thousand a year. That's not what matters to me and plus I can't see myself working at Halliburton, schlumberger or whatever. My parents and family make ridiculous amounts of money but I never cared for it. I wouldn't feel successful if I worked there, because I wouldn't be happy. I think being happy is being successful.

    Man I can't wait till I'm back in LA! I need a big whiff of ocean and smog. I can't take this crude oil stench anymore. It's awful. I'm counting down the days!
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    Jul 27, 2008 10:57 AM GMT
    No they didn't. The only time they ever gave me advice is when I wanted to finish my Psychology degree without an Honours (3 years instead of 4 and no thesis). They said I should get the Honours designation. I did, and I guess it was a good thing!

    My father was a doctor and he never pressured any of the kids to go into medicine. He was frankly surprised when my brother did knowing how stressful the career can be.
  • ShawnTX

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    Jul 27, 2008 2:03 PM GMT
    My parents didn't give me a hard time in my choice of career. It wasn't until I starting really getting my name out there, being recognized in the industry and starting working with celebrities that they admitted that they didn't think I'd be able to make a successful go at being a make-up artist. They just didn't think it was a viable way of making a good living.
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    Jul 27, 2008 3:09 PM GMT
    My parents have always just let me be with my career choices. I don't think they even know how far along I am in my studies.

    However they did stick their noses in once. They wanted me to do a science degree rather than an arts degree.
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    Jul 27, 2008 3:13 PM GMT
    Yes they did and still do, but they never force their wants on me.

    Last time was when I decided to quit BS Biology and shift to a Computer-related course. They bugged me for weeks if it was really what I wanted but eventually supported me when it was clear I wasn't changing my mind.

  • ajw18

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    Jul 27, 2008 3:19 PM GMT
    Parents said I have to be a lawyer, accountant, or a doctor.

    Not doing those things at all now! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 27, 2008 3:32 PM GMT
    It's a real shame if parents try to re-live their lives through their children. Hindsight is 20/20. Mine never did, thank God!
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    Jul 27, 2008 9:08 PM GMT
    I told my mother, a couple years ago, that I want to be a lawyer and eventually go into politics. She started yelling at me and told me I was nuts and that I could do so many things better with my life. She wanted me to be a minister or a singer. I'm in accounting now and an aspiring writer. The accounting part she approves, as I found out later that that's what she always wanted to do. I've always had a lot of pressure from my entire family to be a minister or a singer and it seems as if they will never let it go.

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    Aug 03, 2008 11:13 PM GMT
    Mom wanted me to go to college, I wanted to shoot North Koreans like my dear old Dad did.

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    Aug 03, 2008 11:26 PM GMT
    I graduated from Stanford and went straight to work in a great marketing job at Hewlett-Packard. My parents were not too happy that I didn't go to the bus. school and earn my MBA. My grandparents weighed in as well - not pleased I didn't go to law school. They all had a point - but I was so anxious to start working and paying off my huge debt. It would have been good though, to have the sense of accomplishment the MBA would have brought me.
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    Aug 03, 2008 11:40 PM GMT
    My brother dropped out after two years of an IT degree later to start an economics degree.

    When I was 16 my Farther got drunk at an x-mas dinner and announced in front of the entire extended family that I should apply to the university he studied at or I would end up a miserable failure like my brother who will get bored and abandon his new degree at the first oppertunity.

    Thing was, he bought his degree at 45, in a discipline he never used and shows little competence in, simply because his father was disappointed he never attended that university.

    And 6 years later my brother is finishing his Economics PhD in a more prestigious university
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    Aug 03, 2008 11:57 PM GMT
    Nope, they never gave me a hard time, in fact they were quite amused that their mischievous son and doer of wrong went to work for the sheriff's office as a cop.