Since I was 5 years old, I remember myself thinking about my career.
I asked my parents to be accepted to school. As a matter of fact, at age 5 I already learned to count and to read in both Russian and English. I knew lots of poetry and loved to perform on public.
I told my parents that if I could be accepted to school two years year earlier then my fellow pupils, I would finish university two years earlier.
I always tried to run ahead of time as fast as I could.
So I was accepted. Unfortunately, I got Appendicitis and wasted two years.
I think I never was a traditional kid being bored at school.
I liked to study and to compete with my fellow students.
I was really good at math and chemistry. And at the same time, I had an aspiration to become a writer and even wrote good poetry in Russian. I was fascinating with every subject I took. I hardly remember my getting B's on exams.
There were several professions I was interested.
The most favorable one was to become a Diplomat/Foreign Service Officer in USSR, but another thing was that the true reason for choosing this profession was that I wanted to live in US or United Kingdom.
I thought to get a degree in Journalism or in International Relations Management, but the more I researched this profession the more I came to realize that the salary will be minimal and there are diplomat families that help their suns and daughters to get into this profession. I was great and bright and still at the last moment decided not to take this path.
Another thin will be that a diplomat is more like a servant: when decision-makers come to play, they make a diplomat act as an assistant and let him go when they start negotiating international trade matters. I refused to be that kind of subordinate. I was afraid that this could happen to me and I will need to obey.
I realized that better to become a professional of some kind, build relations and be my own boss and do what I please.
There are many fascinating facts about this career. At least my personality best match for the politics, political games and understanding people's psychology. I guess I always have been perfectionist, liking conspiracies and feeling like engineering happy future. I radiate trust and enthusiasm and that motivates people. I thought to be a face of the happy nation.
I also thought that being on this position let me meet fascinating and the most sounded people of all years and nations, and this will give me favorable circumstances for my writing diaries and doing my own research on behavioral psychology and people's characters.
Another idea was to become a therapist or better a surgeon.
I liked to visit anatomic theater and practice with dead bodies. Blood never made me dizzy or distasting.
Then I faced with the fact that traditional medicine use medications and prescriptions, and if you take a traditional path, you must follow rules and some of these rules make you too many boundaries. Another fact was that you have to devote your life completely and solely to the patients and there will be no place for family.
Actually, the real reason was that in my country even you are the best student, this profession is very special and well-paid, so you need to bribe officials to get there. My father and mother get divorced after 20 years of marriage because my father refused to bribe his family friend and take my mother's money.
I was hoping with all do and dont's, the best choice for me would be to get a degree in Medicine.
In my opining this profession will make you see lots of different critical conditions of people and the need to act in unpredicted circumstances.
I also thought that this can make me a good writer because I have to chance to feel and write what I think and what I see.
There were other interests.
I was thinking to become a fashion designer as I had a drive toward fashion and liked to create new clothes and combine different ideas.
In the former USSR people always wear nice clothes and try to look beautiful. Even now when I travel back to my home country, I may see stricken-poverty, but women look beautiful none of then are overweight.
It was and is a good business need for this profession and there is no problems with finding clients who will pay you well.
The problem was that I never draw well and I needed to pass a drawing exam and the best university was in Moscow and I needed to manage my expenses.
It ended up that I opened a fashion design company and found a few people to work for me to sew and a few people who sold it on the market. Then after two years I sold a business when I found the way to make better money.
Yet another idea was to become an attorney.
The problem with this profession was obvious. Even though it was the easiest university to study, if I would immigrate this education will be wasted time.
I also always had an interest toward contract and business law, so in order to learn this particular field of law one can do on his or her own - no need to go to Law school.
I started working as a tourist guide and event planner at age 16 when I was in high school. I liked being around large crowds of people. I decided why not start learning hotel management field. In this way I can hold a position as a general manager of a hotel or a restaurant near the Black Sea.
In my home country, Bachelor and Master Degree is a must. And if a person is not a successful businessman, at least he or she can go and complete second degree or write a Ph. D.
Besides if one is looking for a position in a management field, it does not matter your major, one must just complete masters in any field and professional experience will add up the value later.
Looking back upon my past, knowing what I have learned since I came to the states, I must say that it could be much better if I had advanced degree in chemistry or in math just because I like science and research and could be one of the best, and I hate engineering and got engineering degree just because I wanted to get a management position. I believe that one can get general management position only if she or he comes up with a business idea and becomes executive in her or is own company. Or one can be lucky; or one can have family or business connections - and this could take years and I hardly believe that you can grow within a company from the bottom up.
I feel sorry for people who are smart and cannot afford to work for themselves and end up with dead ending jobs.