|Fathers, careers, etc
||[May. 11th, 2012|05:21 pm]
The Question Club
I'm about to graduate undergrad. Right now, my career goal is environmental education and writing; I am thinking of grad school in education in 2-5 years, but of course I'm aware that can change. My mom has passed away and my dad controls most of my finances still. I've made some from my own work but not that can fully support myself, especially not for all of grad school. He is probably not going to stop supporting me if I choose the education route, but he's really against me becoming a teacher. He's kind of of the mantra: "those who can't do, teach." My dad's primary goal was for me to be a lawyer, but I think I've convinced him that's not for me. He also wants me to go to grad school right away, even though I want to take at least 2 years off. I've just convinced him that I can take one year off. |
Suggestions on how to convince my dad that this is my life and I should follow my passions? I think teaching and writing is a noble, but difficult path, that should be more admired in society because of its potential for creating change. My dad and I have pretty different ideologies (one is a huge liberal, leaning towards socialist, the other a moderate republican, big fan of capitalism)
Have any of you gone down this road where your parent(s) have just not seen eye to eye with your career and how have you convinced them that you're "right?" On one hand, it's my life and I should do what I want. On the other hand, he still controls my finances and will until I have a real job that pays more than just free housing (oh the joys of working at environmental organizations). My mother would have loved for me to be a teacher and writer, and I greatly miss her enthuisiam.