Who would’ve thought…

…that I, socially anxious me, would be on a panel of speakers along with other health and allied health professionals for high school students on their career day???

Yeah, I certainly didn’t think it possible.

But it happened today. And I wasn’t aware until 30 minutes prior to going on.

I thought my morning was just going to be sitting at the psychology table to answer students’ questions one-to-one or in small groups. But then, one of the other professionals meant to be on the panel failed to show up and so they decided to put up psychology instead.

And guess who the only psychologist was?

Yours truly!

Those who don’t know me probably don’t know that I’m not the biggest fan of public speaking. In fact, I only developed it better after coming to Australia when in my Masters I was forced to do several presentations as part of the course. Exposure to public speaking helped me overcome the fear to a certain extent. Let’s just say I no longer finish a 5 minute speech in 2 minutes, I don’t throw up in the morning, my legs don’t shake, I don’t tremble. But I’m still always slightly nervous and need some deep breathing and good preperation beforehand.

So anyway, once I was told I had to be on, I was shitting myself! I was on with an orthoptist, a dentist, a nurse, a speech pathologist and a doctor.

It went better than I expected.

I also had a few more questions asked when it was question-time about the profession.

I think though, what stood out for me the most was when later, as I was sitting at the psychology stall, a student told me that the passion for my career was apparent when I spoke about it.

And that was reward enough.

Because I know I love the path I’ve chosen.

I have no regrets.

I may have challenging clients, and this week in particular has been challenging in just the three days so far, but I love my job.

With a passion.

It also made me think back to when I went to this careers counsellor in Bombay after my HSC — he told me after a few tests that I didn’t seem to have a passion for anything in life.

Well, guess what?

I wasn’t working as a psychologist then.

And I think I found my passion.

Until next time,


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  • Nupur
    17 June 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Really happy to hear this 🙂 Well done:)

  • Ersa
    17 June 2009 at 7:56 pm

    wow good for you…finding your passion and all…:)

    I still don’t know what mine is…or if at all i have a passion :-(…i love doing what i do and going to work everyday, no problems there…but just that i don’t seem to have a passion for anything…well, maybe i will take a bit longer than usual to figure out what it is 🙂

  • Orhan Kahn
    17 June 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Ah, to be a fly on the wall 🙂

  • Psych Babbler
    17 June 2009 at 9:47 pm

    @ Nupur: Thank you! 🙂

    @ Ersa: Thanks! I’m guessing I got lucky in what I chose…I wasn’t even sure I was doing the right thing until my first placement in my second sem of masters.

    @ Orhan: 😀

  • legallyalien
    18 June 2009 at 12:23 am

    Guess what? My career counsellor told me the same thing. I knew I loved to write but he said that didn’t count for anything. I did my bachelors in Literature and even though I love Lit., I didn’t want a career out of it. It wasn’t until my first sem of my masters in journo here that I realised how much I wanted to be nothing but this.

    Not many people are lucky enough to be passionate about their work. I’m glad you are.

    Oh, and I hate public speaking too and yes, uni presentations have helped me too. 🙂

  • amol.naik
    18 June 2009 at 5:19 am

    Hey congrats…!!!

    Passion…hmmm, the very fuel that drives everything…!! Go girl….

  • Psych Babbler
    18 June 2009 at 9:32 am

    @ Legallyalien: Now that is just freaky! It’s one thing to have similar likes and dislikes but not only do we have similar recurring dreams but apparently similar experiences! I can’t believe he said writing didn’t count for anything! Ridiculous! And I bet once you start working as a journalist, you will love every minute of it. Even when you wake up at 3 in the morning. 😛

  • Psych Babbler
    18 June 2009 at 9:32 am

    @ Amol: Thanks! 🙂

  • puresunshine
    18 June 2009 at 12:49 pm

    its nice to do what ur passionate abt. gladly i didnt take any of such career tests! I was too scared they’d ask me to do something i hated.

  • mesoliloquy
    18 June 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Congratulations! You did good. 🙂

  • legallyalien
    19 June 2009 at 2:00 am

    haha! Thats why I said “freakishly” similar! 😉
    I was too stubborn to let him affect me but I’m pretty sure he influenced many other just because he is a “professional”.

  • Psych Babbler
    19 June 2009 at 2:52 am

    @ puresunshine: Y’kno…to be honest, I don’t even know why I took the test. I knew what I wanted to do and filled out the questions in a way that indicated that I got the highest score for something counselling related! 😛

    @ Solilo: Thank you 🙂

    @ Legallyalien: I answered questions to suit me. But yeah, sadly some people would probably take his word because they are of the mentality that he knows best. Pfft!

  • tearsndreams
    19 June 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Here is to more such happy coincidences,lucky chances, good opportunities and planned shots at public speaking. Hopefully the fear will soon be completely a thing of the past. All the best.

  • Joel
    20 June 2009 at 2:32 pm

    yeyy … 🙂 .. >:D<

  • captainjohann
    21 June 2009 at 3:55 pm

    All the best in your profession.I only hope you donot follow outmoded theories of Lidz,Bateson,Reichmann

  • Psych Babbler
    22 June 2009 at 2:57 am

    @ Tearsndreams: Thanks! 🙂 And yeah, hopefully in some years time, I will no longer be scared of public speaking.

    @ Joel: Thanks! 🙂

    @ CaptJohann: Thanks! And I don’t even know who those people are! I was trained in Beck’s and Ellis’ theories along with some others but I follow Cognitive behaviour therapy as it is evidence-based.