Going Out of Your Field

I’ve been working at my parents restaurant for 10 months full time, and a question I get a lot from customers (mostly strangers I get to see often) is: 

Don’t you feel like you wasted your degree if you’re not finding a job in your field? 

My current personal thoughts today as of January 10, 2021 is this:

I don’t think education is the same thing as learning. Degrees are a certification of our education and a curriculum, but it doesn’t tell a true story about skill, or compatibility, or keenness, or curiousness, or interest.

And so I’m writing this post as a reference for my future self in 10 years.

I don’t feel like I’ve wasted my degree if I’m not employed by a related employer in my field.

I don’t think it’s a requirement for anybody to find a job in the field they studied for right after graduation—it’s a choice.

Right now, my choice is to give back what I can to my parents by helping them out. To me that’s one of the best investments of my time I could make in my 20’s, because I know it’ll be something I’ll be proud of in the long term.

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