I.M.H.O (In My Humble Opinion) is an ongoing series of posts written by guest authors who have been there, done that…and have great stories to show for it.
Meagan Johnson is a professional speaker and her clients include: Harley-Davidson, Dairy Queen, American Express, Loreal, Pepsi, Cadillac, Burger King, the C.I.A. and Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. She is known as the Generational Humorist and she and her dad, professional speaker Larry Johnson, are co-authors of the book, Generations,Inc: From Boomers to Linksters,Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work. Meagan lives in Phoenix, AZ with her four dogs that have a total 15 legs (you do the math).
I agonized over choosing my major. I wasn’t a big fan of school to begin with. All I wanted to do was get it over as quickly as possible, but how was I going to do that if I couldn’t even choose a major?
One evening my dad called me out of the blue to see how I was doing. I told him I just didn’t think this was the right time for me to go to college because I couldn’t even figure out my major. He gave me some wonderful advice that shook me free of my paralysis and allowed me to enjoy college a bit more. My dad said, “What you major in does not matter.'
He explained that college is a four-year test. It answers the question for employers about whether you have the willpower, the problem solving skills and the stomach to get through college (and maintain your sanity).
Once you begin your career there are multiple opportunities, chance encounters and choices you will make that will take your career in directions you have never considered.
His advice allowed me to choose a major without worrying if I was making the “wrong” choice.
It also helped because when I was sitting in a class that bored me to tears (ahem, statistics) wondering “When will I ever use this in my life?', I knew the answer. That statistics course…and the accounting course…and even the photography course I took all contributed and to getting me my degree. The degree opened the door to my first job (which was during a recession) that lead to another opportunity that allowed me to create my own non-traditional career so that I get to do what I love to do everyday!