As a child, I can think of two occupations I wanted to pursue. I wanted to be a teacher, and a doctor (a doctor mostly because my mother put that job in my head). As a young girl I would set up my stuff animals and pretend they were my students. My family went along with it. They brought me workbooks and even made me a blackboard to use. My mother worked at a hospital for over 25 years; when I sometimes visited her, I would watch the doctors and nurses rush to do their job and love the idea that maybe one day that could be me.
As I grew older, I learned more about becoming a teacher. I learn about the required education and the salary range tied to this career field; and suddenly did not feel the urge to teach anymore. However, being a doctor was still an option. I learned that doctors specialize in many areas, the salary was good, and the education needed was a long process. Because I wanted to make my mother happy, I continued dreaming of becoming a doctor until I was in high school. The public high school I went to in Queens specialized in Communication. I fell in love with the communication field and went on to learn more about it at the City College of New York.
While in college, I learned a lot about the jobs I could pursue with a degree in communications. While gaining my degree I decided to take extra classes to learn more and broaden my options. I wanted to see if there is anything else I might be good at or interest me. I spent an extra year in college because I was not sure what I wanted to do long term, as a career. I always wondered, what was a right fit? What job would I be happy in? Like many people I spent more money and was still unsure of my future.
Eventually, I graduated with my bachelor’s in Advertising & Public Relations. Then jumped into the work field. Then guess what happened… I found passion for another field, Hospitality. So, I decided to go back to school and obtain my master’s degree. What I have learned throughout my late twenties is that I wish I did not wait so long to be exposed to different career options. I wish at a young age I learned more about my skillset and passions; I wish I knew what gave my drive and happiness.
Because of this, my partner Tiffany and I created the Kids Break Ground platform. Kids Break Ground is an Ed-tech app that helps children explore what they may want to be when they grow up. This career aptitude-like game identifies a child’s likes and interests so they can choose, learn, and build their dream occupation. It is extremely important to learn at young age what your strength and interests are and build from there. This way you grow as you perfect your craft and learn about as many occupations as possible. All parents, academic professionals and caregivers should download the Kids Break Ground app today and have their child explore what is out there.
Let’s all work together and build the groundbreakers of tomorrow!