At this point in time I am in the career exploration step of the career exploration process. I know my general mission in life is to have a fulfilling career working with nature in order to positively affect the lives of both humans and wildlife, but I don’t know exactly how I want to do this. I am currently looking into the possibilities of becoming a park naturalist and it seems pretty interesting. Growing up I always wanted to be a teacher, so the job of a park naturalist, educating the public on topics regarding nature, is appealing.
During the in class workshop I learned that I tend to overthink things and freak myself out. In my head everyone knows exactly what they want out of life and already have a plan in place to reach their goals, meanwhile I am the only one struggling to find out what I want to dedicate my life to. This program helped me realize that even though it may seem that I’m the only one sort of lost, others are in the same boat as me. It was also reassuring to realize that it is okay to not know exactly what you want out of life at this point in time.
My RAISEC code is R (realistic), S (social), and C (conventional). Those with R in their code enjoy practical work with things rather than people. S codes signify someone who is responsible and concerned for others. Finally, a C marks a person who likes organization, values having well defined tasks, and has clerical abilities.
O*Net recommends a lot of careers in the medical field such as nursing assistant, personal care aides, orderly, magnetic resonance imaging technologist, radiologic technician, dental hygienist, radiation therapist, dental assistant, ophthalmic medical technician, surgical technologist, medical assistant, and surgical assistant. It also recommends audio-visual and multimedia collections specialist, telephone operator, psychiatric aide, dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers, animal control worker and librarian.
These careers are not necessarily in line with my current plans. I know that the field of medicine is very important and rewarding, but I do not think I have a personal interest in pursuing a career in the field. I have looked into going to graduate school to become a librarian and am interested in learning more about the possibilities of this career path.
My career path does not exactly show up as a result of the code. There were not any jobs listed on O*Net that had to do with the field of environmental science. I can see how the career of park naturalist falls inside of my code though. It is realistic because you are out in nature using hands on activities to learn more about the state of the park and natural landscape. It also connects to the social aspects of my code because as a naturalist you have to be able to communicate your knowledge in order to educate the public. Finally, the job is conventional because as a naturalist you have to carry out clerical duties which are well defined and organized tasks. The other career I am looking into, librarian, also falls into my code. It is realistic because as a librarian you are using your hands to find books in the shelves or to research them on a computer. It is social because librarians are constantly working with patrons to find materials, help with research, and connect them with resources. The job is also conventional because librarians have extremely organized and clear cut clerical duties.
My current academic plans of studying either environmental science or forestry and wildlife allows me to have a future in both careers. In order to become a park naturalist, you need a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife or a related field. It is a good idea to continue your education and get a master’s degree in order to allow for salary improvement though it is not a requirement. To become a librarian, you need a Bachelor’s degree in any field. Often times librarians get their undergraduate degree in the fields of art, history, music, law, psychology or sociology, but it is not required to get a degree in one of these fields. After receiving a bachelor’s degree, you should get a master’s degree from an ALA (American Library Association)-accredited program.
My next steps are just to explore as many job opportunities as possible. I am going to continue searching for information about the career of park naturalist as well as the path to become a librarian.