I originally wanted to be a high school math teacher.
Smartest class I took in community college was an observational class in which I returned to my high school and sat in to observe my former teacher running her class.
I was so appalled over how the behavior of the kids had deteriorated so (verbally abusive, disrespectful, out-of-control behavior) in the couple years since I graduated that I knew I couldn't even think of pursuing this. I wanted to teach, not be a police officer!
Anyhow, I have always been a good friend, good listener and continued to get so much positive feedback about this that I thought I should pursue being a therapist. Originally intended to be a psychologist (my undergrad major), but knew I didn't want to spend at least 4 more years working toward a PhD, so scooted over to Social Work as it was a two year Masters.
After 23 years as a social worker on the admissions unit of a state psychiatric hospital, I like where I am at right now (since 2006) as I work as an intensive case manager for the severe, persistently mentally ill during the day and have a part-time private practice as a therapist during evenings. Variety is the spice of life! :-)
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