For many of us, college is often a preparation for a future career. With the uncertainty of what my future career would be, I stepped on the UC Davis campus as a Biological Sciences major –something I had been interested in since childhood. However, with so many fascinating subareas in biology I could not decide which area I should focus on. Besides the diversity in biology, there are also many career paths such as health-related professions, researches, working for biotech companies, etc.
To figure out what my dream career would be, I started to look for resources and try out different things. First, I took the BIS 5 seminar where some researchers and professors came to the class and talked about how they started their career. This class also taught me how to write emails to professors to ask for participation in their labs. With this experience, I started to look for opportunities on the department website as well as the job link. Unfortunately, many of my emails did not receive reply. Even when I received one response, I could not get the position because I did not have the work-study fund. All of my failures made me feel frustrated but I decided not to stop trying. I used UC Davis HRI to find some health-related internships and volunteer opportunities and started as a volunteer at the Medical Center in Sacramento. During my experience volunteering, I found happiness working in a hospital but still wanted to keep my opportunities open. I wanted to gather the experience of working in labs or biotech companies before I made my final decision.
Sometimes, it is the unpredictability of our future that makes college fearful but exciting. I’ve come to realize that even though ultimately, I do not know what I want to do, I should focus my energy on the present and work hard doing things I like to do. I believe my hard work will eventually pay off and it will provide me with many opportunities in the future.
Anonymous, UC Davis student