Skip to main content
Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
No. of Recommendations: 0
ChocoKitty writes:

As much as it sounds like a cop-out, it was basically chosen for me. I was *told* since when I was a kid that I would be an electrical engineer, and that was that. No arguments allowed (yep, typical Asian family here! Ever wonder why there are so many Chinese doctors, scientists and engineers? Now you know -- never underestimate Asian family pressure!).

Yep. Been there, done that. I majored in electrical engineering in college not because that was my lifelong dream but because:

1) I was good in math and science (stereotypical Asian immigrant kid)
2) My dad thought it was a well-paying respected field (plus, he always wanted to be an engineer!)

Luckily for me, I didn't find EE too boring, although I ended up choosing software programming as a career because I liked it much better. I've heard plenty of stories of kids stuck doing something they don't like for a living because of parental pressure.

Print the post  


What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.