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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

From Studies to Career- Challenging Transitions | Life

Hey all! You would know that I had been studying Chemistry at University, and earlier this year I completed my degree. If you thought school and all it's projects, labs, assignments and tests were a challenge, then you have no idea what awaits you.

I expected the transition from school to career to be hard, but not THIS hard. The way things are going, I feel despaired and as if I've wasted about 4-5 years of my life studying what people here find as only a teaching or research subject. Though that may be true of a pure science, I think or I should say I hoped that it would make me more marketable across the scientific field to study a broad degree rather than specialise. But who was I kidding?

Don't think that I was lazy, I did my research on the degree and possible career options before I finalised my decision but, I wish I had been able to speak with career professionals in Barbados also at the time for further incite. The thing about Barbados is, they recognise that science could be important, but us science students still never see them care enough to implement any help for us. Development of the science industry here is slow, but I'm just seeing it as a student and I could be wrong. Alas, it's a sad reality after you have been the lucky few to make it to the end of your degree and in finishing, there is so little for you to do. But, that's the topic of another discussion.

What I'm trying to say is, between trying to find a job and figuring out if this is the right choice of career, the transition from student to career woman/man is a hard one. I've been doing a lot of reading lately and I came across this article which resounded with me, do I really need a career plan at this point in my life? I'm 22 years old, no pending obligations, luckily no debt either. Why am I so worried?
In reading my devotion plan for this morning, something I skimped out on because I was oh-so-busy, I got another sign telling me I may be rushing things. Even my grandmother has been saying I need to be young and just relax a bit. Others are saying I should find a job or get a move to another country for one. My parents are kind of mixed, sometimes saying I should find employment other times saying to wait it out. It's a bag of mixed emotions after everything I hear!

At the end of the day, I (and any other recent graduates out there) have to remember, it's MY life and I have make the most of it. If you feel you need to rest, then do it. If you think you can push on to the next step without a break, then do it. Do what works for you. Once you are diligent, about things should work themselves out. Maybe in a totally different way from what you imagined, but you might still love it.

I think I have put in the work, and it may be time for me to worry less and rest a bit. Good luck to all of you recent graduands!


  1. I was so happy reading your comment on my post! And this post is amazing too, I couldn't agree more with you on this. I wish you alll the best :) (ps: so lucky to live in Barbados, looks like a beautiful place!) xx

    1. Thank you for dropping by the blog, Inês. I loved that post you did on yours. I do love living here, it's very pretty and there are many good things about it too! Anyway, good luck to you too :) Next stop, happiness!

  2. Congratulations! I think you should continue to strive for the jobs you dreamt of when you started your education but meanwhile look for other options.

    The world needs female researchers so maybe that is a field for you? Or add a few subjects and become a pharmaceut? I have a friend that study chemistry she now works in a hospital earning a lot. Good luck!

    1. Thanks for the advice, Lisa :). I have been weighing out my options and I'm a little less conflicted. I just hope it all comes together soon. I will keep doing my best!


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