January 21, 2011 at 8:43 am #14406
I am from Malaysia and I loved animals so much but my parents forbid me to become a zoologist. They said it is a useless occupation in M’sia.
So what should I do? Somebody please help me~
January 21, 2011 at 9:59 am #103276JackBeanParticipant
Then be a zoologist 😉
What do you want to do as a zoologist? What should your work look like?
January 23, 2011 at 5:26 am #103289
I want to conserve wildlife as i loved animals that roam the wild…
What should i do?
January 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm #103329Julie5Participant
Hi, it’s always difficult knowing what to study – it’s a balance between doing something you find personally interesting, and something you can make a living out of!
Even if you/your parents decide that investing the time and money it will take to become a zoologist will not result in a ‘decent job’, then that does not mean you can’t study zoology. There is always your spare time!
Many, many (most?), people split their lives up so that they earn a living doing one thing, but keep an ‘enjoyable’ thing for their spare time. To be honest, anyone who can actually make a living doing something they really enjoy is on to a winner! And it’s rare in this world, believe me.
My advice therefore would be, firstly to research as much as you can about the job opportunities for zoologists in Malaysia or wherever you want to live, so you can present your parents with the strongest argument for (funding you?) through a zoology degree. Second, though, if either they remain obdurate, or the job opportunities are indeed pretty thin on the ground, is simply to keep zoology as your ‘hobby’ at least for the meantime.
If you say you are keen on wildly conservation, that is something that amateurs (ie, people who can’t make a living out of it as the jobs in that field are simply too scarce) can make a huge contribution to. Never understimate the power and potential of the dedicated amateur (maybe I should say ‘volunteer’ – the key point is they are not paid for their conversation work!).
If you think about it, actually the most useful contribution you could make to animal conservation is to become stinking rich and then donate a lot of your money to it! Once you have enough money, you can spend far more/all of your time on doing what you love, not what you need to make a living/make money.
Good luck – and it certainly isn’t the end of the world if you follow your parents’ advice and study something you can more easily make a living out of, and keep animal conservation as your spare-time passion.
January 28, 2011 at 8:49 am #103334
what you’ve said is same as my parents, lol….
anyway, thanks for your advice….
January 28, 2011 at 9:30 am #103335sakshi06Participant
according to my opinion do what u want to do..dont think about what others are saying….
January 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm #103351Julie5Participant
Sakshi – yes, well, that depends on who’s paying for your education, and how you are going to pay for your own keep, and your tuition, if you have to pay your own way!!!
Sheep, if I’m saying what your parents are saying then they are not ‘forbidding’ you. They are pointing out the various alternatives and possibilities you face.
Bottom line in life – he who pays the piper calls the tune. Ie, if someone else is paying for you, you do what they want. If you want to do what you want, you pay for it yourself! True at any age….
All the best, Julie.
September 1, 2011 at 6:06 am #106155sakshi06Participant
julie – you ryt but whts d use wen ur doin sumthin which u dnt wnt to do…its bettr to regrt at d end of ur lyf..stick vth dat wht u wnt…n payin is nt big deal u cn take loan n if u r intellignt enough den scholarship n freeship is dere…. !! 🙂
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