Elizabeth Lin, PhD
When I was 19, I had my professional course charted: I was going to become a clinical psychologist and work with Asian American families. I followed this course unquestioningly until the middle of graduate school, when I encountered some inconvenient data: I didn’t like being a therapist. I loved the theory I was learning, I loved hearing and exploring people’s stories, and I loved educating people about why we act the way we do, but I found therapy itself to be incredibly draining. This realization started a mini-existential crisis for me: I was 24 and halfway through a PhD program in psychology, and I was no longer certain of why I was there or what I was doing with my life.
To make a long story short, I decided to finish the program, knowing that the skills and expertise I was gaining would be an asset to me in whatever I did next. And they have been: I’ve found a number of jobs that utilize my education and experience but are a much better fit for my personality than therapy. Now I use the skills I gained as a therapist (like helping people process what they’re going through, conducting personality assessments, and educating people about how they’re wired), as well as my personal understanding of what it’s like to wonder what you’re doing with your life, to help millennials figure out what they want to do with theirs.
Whether you’re a college student trying to figure out what field to pursue, or you’re in your 20s or 30s and considering a career change, you can benefit from sitting down with a consultant to determine what careers would be best suited for you, based on your innate personality traits, what you’re passionate about, and the kind of life you want to have. I would love to help you discern that.
In my free time, I’m usually writing or pursuing things related to pop culture, food, and college football.
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