A Common Sense of Anxiety Throughout Three Disparate Fields of Work





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Editor's note: What follows are three interviews conducted with two recent UC Berkeley graduates and one graduate student about their expected careers.

Trey Andamo graduated from UC Berkeley in Spring 2001. He interned as an investment banker, and is presently pursuing a career in that field.

Growing up, I always thought that I was going to be a lawyer, and I think my parents brought me up to experience all of these different types of things that would, I think, support me going to law school. Then I finally ended up going to Berkeley, and I took a public policy course that really sort of changed my life.

I ended up deciding to do investment banking for one thing because I knew I didn't want to go to school straight out of undergrad. I thought that I really needed the real world experience to know what I wanted to do. I think the first step was getting the summer internship and trying to see if investment banking is for me. My ending goal now is I think that I would someday like to run my own company.

I really love working with people. It's hard to say I want to affect, or touch, every single person, and that's the best way to do it, but I think I wanna feel like I've sorta-it's so cliché to say made a difference-I wanna know that I've impacted people.

At the end of my career, I see myself teaching in the high school level. I could also easily be a highschool teacher and love it. I'm really not sure if being a highschool teacher would be able to give my kids sort of the options I had when I was younger. The only thing that money gives you is options.

When people begin to be more and more successful, they lose their grounding and they sort of forget how they got there. My biggest fear careerwise is really not failure, not, "Oh shit, I took this path that I really didn't want to take." People have to go through making the wrong decisions in order to fully appreciate the right ones. So for me, that isn't as much of a fear as being successful and losing perspective, being so concerned with where you're going tomorrow that you forget to appreciate where you are today and how you got there.

I think that me going through all these experiences, I would bring all of my experiences and share them with my students. And whether I'm the CEO of a company or a teacher, I'm impacting people in a positive way, and I'm impacting them because of my experiences. It's not that I know exactly what I want to do. The way you really know is by experiencing more things.

Sid Uberoi graduated from UC Berkeley in Fall 2000, and is now in Washington D.C. working in U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein's office while applying to law school.

In college I always knew what I was going to do. My goal was always to major in things that I liked and was interested in, and then go to law school, and get properly prepared to apply those things that I liked in the real world. I majored in social sciences, and social sciences are notoriously hard to get work in, so law school was always something that... I mean, ever since I was 14, I always wanted to be a lawyer, so the two, social sciences and law school just fit together to create something that I wanted to do. So it didn't take a lot of thought, it was pretty much something I already knew.

Money has never really motivated me with my career. It happens to be that I chose law, which is famous for being a wealthy profession anyway, so I was never worried about that. So all the work I do for free, I'm getting experience that helps me in other ways that are less tangible.

I'm sort of power-hungry, I like having power over people, and I'm not saying that because I'm arrogant, but I consider myself really good with power. I don't abuse power, I try to help people instead, and be the most outstanding as I possibly can. So I think that if anyone's going to have power, it should be me, because I'm not going to fuck anybody up.

I've just always felt the need to have an impact, I don't know why. Maybe it's some sort of megalomania, but I definitely feel like I have something to do, I have a real job to accomplish. I don't know what it is, but I think that going to law school gives me a better preparation than going to medical school if I want to change the world like I feel I should. That's why I'm here in D.C. working in Feinstein's office. People in politics always feel like that, I think-they want to make a difference. I just want to see what this is like and maybe leave this option open for me later.

My greatest fear right now is not getting into law school. My fear really is that I won't even get into law school, and not get to go anywhere. But that's only half legitimate, that concern. I'm a little bit modest, but I'm being a little bit careful. I'm scared. I'm really scared right now.

Shannon Sallee is a 1st-year student at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry.

Originally, I wanted to go to medical school. The reason I wanted to go into ophthalmology, which is the specialty of eye surgery, is because when I was younger, my dad worked for a company that made eye surgery equipment, and basically would bring home videos of eye surgery, and I would be like, hey that's kinda cool.

But I went to college and I realized that medical school would be an extra 12 years to do ophthalmology, and the lifestyle would not be very good.

I want to have kids someday, and it would just not be ideal. So then I found out about optometry, and it is definitely an ideal career for women, because you can have the 9 to 5 job and work as much as you want, and some people can even work for themselves. You can definitely have a family with optometry. That's why I chose it.

I think lifestyle is one of the most important things. I mean, I will be able to have an ideal lifestyle for what I want to do. And financially, too, I'll only have to go to school for four years, instead of 12.

But I'm still in the process of making sure it's what I want to do. I've always been interested in my science classes, and specializing in eyes just seems a little more interesting to me.

That I enjoy all my classes is a good thing. That's pretty much all the assurance I have right now, until I actually go out and get a job. And it's not as messy as some other specialties-there's not too much blood involved.

I don't feel I need to go out and change the world, but to be in a profession where I can help people see, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you're helping people see, which is good. I get that during the day, and then I get to go home and have my family, too. So it's like a balance, the best of both worlds.

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