Grads, Don’t Do What You Love
. . . do what’s meaningful. That is the message in the Wall Street Journal from Carl McCoy, a writer and English-language instructor at the Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture:
Does the doctor love going into the hospital to see a patient in the middle of the night? Does the firefighter love entering a burning building? Does the teacher love trying to control a classroom full of disrespectful children? Not likely. But the work is performed with a sense of purpose that “love” doesn’t capture.
This message is not just for grads; it should be heard much earlier in school — when students choose their majors, or even when they decide whether to go to college. Too many students base their paths of study on what they “like” or what is “fun.” Colleges double down on this problem when they do not align curricula with the realities of the job market.
I know that ideally college is not vocational prep, but in reality, most students see it that way. Thus, they need to hear advice that helps them avoid spending their 20s and beyond in The Red.