When I quit my job as a retail pharmacist making an annual salary of $130,000 it was both the easiest and hardest decision I have ever made.
It was easy because at that point I couldn't even bear the thought of spending one more second in that toxic atmosphere some classify as a career. It was a job that tore me apart physically, mentally, and emotionally. A job that I hated more than words can describe.
At the same time, my decision was hard because of the student loan debt I have looming over my head, threatening to enslave me to a career that I utterly hate. And the pressure that my debt brought on me to continue working as a pharmacist caused me to spiral into a depression.
I thought upon graduating pharmacy school I would finally get to start my career as a respected health care professional AND start making my 6 figure salary. Well, as I have already said, I was making a ridiculous salary for someone straight out of college, but I was oh so incredibly wrong about the respected part. [Related Post: Is Being a Pharmacist Worth It? 10 Things to Consider Before Becoming a Pharmacist}
You may be thinking that I brought this upon myself by choosing pharmacy as my major in college. But what did I know when I was 17 years old? When I was that age starting my senior year of high school, I was unsure about what career path would be the best option for my life. What I did know, however, is that I loved the art classes I had taken over the years and I also was addicted to watching HGTV. How many 17-year-olds spend their free time watching the home and garden channel?
Going off of this passion of mine, I thought I could make a career out of being an interior designer. That career seemed like something I would enjoy doing. Unfortunately, many influencers in my life discouraged my idea. They said I would have a tough time making a living out of being an interior designer. So as a girl with already low self-confidence, I gave up on that dream. My motivation then became finding a career that would make me a sh*t ton of money. I saw wealth as being the key to happiness. But look how wrong I was! I abandoned a career in which I was making $130,000 a year because it truly was the wrong fit for my life.
We brainwash young adults into thinking to gain success, worth, and happiness, a college degree is necessary. When in reality this is most certainly NOT the case!
There are plenty of successful people that did NOT go to college (or went to college for one or two years but ultimately dropped out). Here are a few examples:
Jobs was the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple. And guess what? Your beloved iPhone, iPad, Macbook, etc. would not be here today if it wasn't for this college drop out. According to TIME magazine, Jobs
"dropped out of Reed College after just six months because of the undue financial strain it placed on his working-class parents' savings."
Bill Gates & Paul Allen:
Together Gates and Allen co-founded Microsoft and I must say I am very thankful for that as I continue typing this document in Word. The theme continues: Gates dropped out of Harvard after 2 years and Allen did the same at Washington State University. Bill Gates was the wealthiest person in the WORLD from 1995 to 2007, again in 2009, and has been since 2014. But kids need to go to college, right?
Another Harvard dropout, Zuckerberg is the co-founder, chairman, & CEO of Facebook. According to Forbes,
"Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in the world, with a 2010 net worth of $4 billion."
F. Scott Fitzgerald:
Regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, Fitzgerald is the one behind the famous novel and now movie The Great Gatsby. Even though his reason behind leaving his Princeton education behind was to join the Army, it still proves that a college degree is not necessary to be a success.
And many, many MORE!
Ultimately, my goal is to still use my pharmacy degree but definitely not as a retail pharmacist. What I truly enjoy is using my knowledge to write posts about health & beauty products so that my readers can make informed decisions when purchasing products. That is exactly what I used to do as a pharmacist! Except now I get to do it from the comfort of my own home :)
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