In life, people get trapped in work environments where they are not genuinely happy. They stay committed to the same line of work because it is what they are accustomed to; where they are considered family and in some cases, where they have even spent decades dedicating themselves to another man’s dream, whilst neglecting their own dreams. Many people are not able to identify their true Intelligences, let alone realising that they could have more than one Intelligence. The Twelfth Edition “Becoming A Master Student” by Dave Ellis has identified the various Intelligences of mankind. Becoming A Master Student” has eight Intelligences listed and of the eight, I can relate to three (Mathematical/Logical, Visual/Spatial and Intrapersonal. ) Prior to re-starting my tertiary education at the International College of the Cayman Islands, I was the same person that questioned what I wanted to do with my life. I was and still am at the cross roads trying to decide if I want to remain employed in the same Industry. It is mentally draining as I am not one hundred percent sure what I want to do with my career.
The Twelfth Edition “Becoming A Master Student” by Dave Ellis has opened my eyes to some potential career paths that align with my personality and multiples intelligences. The Intelligence that stands out the most to me is the Visual/Spatial Intelligence. Two characteristics of The Visual Intelligence are drawing things to explain oneself and being able to understand illustrations / pictures easier that text. The person with this Intelligence also has photographic memory and can easily remember things that coloured.
A few of the possible careers that align with the Visual Intelligence are Architecture, Graphic Design, Photography and Interior Decorating. These are things that I thoroughly enjoy doing. My original career path after High School was to pursue an Architectural degree. I wanted to gain working experience and knowledge in order to secure a scholarship prior to heading off to college, as my family was not financially able to help me. However, I was unsuccessful in securing a position in the Architectural field as the companies thought I was inexperienced.
Feeling discouraged and de-motivated, I sought alternate employment that has me now questioning my true purpose in life. The Visual/Spatial Intelligence has highlighted what I know that I truly enjoy and has shown me a possible career paths where I could possibly feel more satisfied. With this Intelligence also comes the ability to be detail oriented, neat and meticulous. It pinpoints what I know keeps my creative juices flowing. My peers, family and friends all say that I am very talented as I have done a few graphic projects inclusive of wedding and birthday party invitations.
I feel that this is a true and realistic passion of mine and could possibly lead to my future career path. I have always dreamed of opening a small business but always wondered what the Nature of Business would be. This may just be the nature of the business as it would take less time and money to become a qualified Graphic Designer. Another “Type of Intelligence“ that stood out to me was the Intrapersonal Intelligence. Characteristics of the Intrapersonal Intelligence are self motivation, thinking before talking or taking action and constantly thinking about future plans.
I am definitely a thinker but at times I feel that my thoughts may be over processed. This Intelligence hits the nail on the head when it says that I “connect readings and lectures to a strong feeling or significant past experience. ” This is true as I relate more to people and can be more sympathetic to them when I have experienced similar scenarios to theirs. I feel this is why people tend to confide in me when they have problems or need an honest evaluation of their situation. A few of the possible careers that align with the Intrapersonal Intelligence are Minister, Counselling Psychologist and creator of a home-based or small business.
I think this is where the Visual/Spatial Intelligence and Intrapersonal Intelligence ties in. Having these Intelligences and owning my own business would give me the ability to relate with the customers and get a feel for what they want. In conclusion, I feel that the Visual/Spatial Intelligence and the Intrapersonal Intelligence have both helped me to understand what careers are compatible and compliments my personality. Highlights and colors makes it easy for me to process and retain information. Having a graphic memory can help me envision and mould my future goals.
This could then mesh right in with becoming an entrepreneur. The vision of becoming a young entrepreneur can become a reality because of my Intrapersonal Intelligence. Relating to people on a personal level and finding out what they want can help with Customer Service skills in a business environment. These skills are reality and I have to learn how to put them into practice in order to become a more marketable person. BIBLIOGRAPHY •Becoming A Master Student, Twelfth Edition by Dave Ellis, Houghton Mifflin & Company, 2009