I’ve been working a lot of extra shifts at Target lately. I don’t really mind. In fact, I like when I work more. My parents, however, don’t like that I work at Target. They think that work takes time away from studying (though honestly, I study less on my days off).
My dad never wanted me to work at Target. When I said I wanted a job during the holidays, he wanted me to work at a bank as a teller or some other financially related job applicable to being an actuary.
My mom knows that this job is temporary and good for “pocket money,” but she doesn’t like the fact that it’s physical labor and doesn’t use my brain. Besides that, she said it’s a disgrace that I have a master’s degree and make the low wage I’m getting.
My parents also don’t like the idea of me being an executive team leader (ETL) at Target. There are two reasons. First, the growth potential (professionally and financially) from the actuary path far exceeds that of the ETL path. Because there are nine actuarial exams, and a promotion from each one, the growth is built into the field. Meanwhile, the highest position at Target is (probably) the store team leader, which isn’t that different from being an ordinary executive.
The other reason is that being an ETL doesn’t require a master’s degree in math. Apparently, getting a master’s degree means I’m supposed to use my specialty in my future career. Being an ETL would be “wasting my talents.”
I’m not sure what to do or think. Am I going to decline the ETL path because my parents don’t like it? Am I only choosing the actuary path because my parents prefer it? I know that my parents can’t rule my life. I have to do what ultimately makes me happy, but I can’t ignore what my parents think either.