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Learning Log 3 What leads a person to choose one career path over another A few months ago I was having a conversation with a friend about why he chose the career that he is pursuing He chose a career path that he does not enjoy and is not naturally good at Because of this he is constantly struggling with his work He has decided that he does not want this to be his career but will finish getting his degree After talking for a long time convinced him to go ahead and get his degree in computer science but then go to graduate school for psychology something he really enjoys I am curious as to why he chose something that he does not enjoy over a field that he would be happy in I came up with several theories to answer my questions but will only write a few of them down First he was not around children his own age when he was young He was always surrounded by adults I on the other hand was constantly around people my own age when I was younger Is it possible that a person will choose different paths based on their surroundings as a child Second all of the adults in his life were mathematicians physicists et cetera He said that the adults seemed only to consider a person intelligent if they were good at math and science My family however never showed preference one way or the other They always praised me for my creative and artistic abilities Do we actually notice little things like this as children and furthermore do we actually carry it in to our adult lives Third he remembers his father driving him around in circles as a child asking him math problems The only way that they would get to their destination was if he answered them correctly I think that it is quite possible that
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