Aptitude does not equal avocation

I enjoyed this video interview with Laura Malisheski by Science Alliance, in part because I could relate to her being unhappy “doing” science, despite being skilled at it.

Laura earned a PhD in neuroscience, but redirected to a career in counseling students, which she loves.

The takeaway from her story for me is: just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you will enjoy doing it for a living.

A couple of quotes from the interview:

Recognize what your natural skills are, and then figure out how you can put those into use – daily use – in your job, in your career.

Life is short, you need just kind of think ahead to where you really want to go, where you’re going to be able to use the skills that really motivate you and energize you, where you’re going to be interested in the work that you’re doing every day . . .

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