Some people are very undecided when it comes to choosing their respective university course and sometimes even relying on their parents' choices and whatever sounds easy, fun, in demand or "in" at the moment. Are you one of them? I can say that I am not since I knew already what I wanted to do when I was a kid though my first ambition shifted to my current profession.

I remember wanting to be a doctor when I was like 4-5yo but after witnessing an accident nearby our place and saw that bloody mess I think that's when I knew I can't really handle blood stuffs. Also I told my grandma I ill build her a mansion later around that same age. Quite ambitious for a little kid huh? My mom told me I've been like that since I was a baby, I dream high and always aim for something.

I think that mansion thing instilled in my mind til I've grown to attend university. I attended the same prep-school til I finish grade school then soon after transferred to a known University from highschool, the same place I finished my collegiate course. Despite attending the same school for secondary studies we still had to take the entrance for college. I didn't have hard time choosing my course for I knew already what I wanted, more on technical schools and studies. My first option was BS Architecture, second was Interior Design & Third I think was Painting / Advertising.

I was able to pursue my all ever wanted course, I graduated BS Architecture last 2003 and received my license by 2007. You might be wondering why it took me so long for my license? Architecture requires 2yrs work practice before you can take the board exams. I worked right away after graduating and luckily I got employed about 2-3 months after the graduation rites. First started in an Electrical Contractor company, stayed for about 6mos and transferred to an architectural office where I worked for 4 straight years. I tried doing my board review right after graduating while working in a review school and later on just did my self-review since architecture offices require more working hours most especially when the company's packed with projects.

At first after graduating I thought of course extension to the Engineering field and take up Civil engineering. Since Architecture is a 5yr course I was told that pursuing CE will just take 2 more years then another board exams. I think it was me being idealistic thinking that I can handle the projects from architecturals to engineering works. After working for straight years, taking my board examinations and balancing work at the same time i finally settled on one career. It was hard enough finishing my licensure together with work and I don't think I want to go through another school phase in my life. it was more of a practical choice and I was more than happy to finish a specific career already.

My hard work paid off and I was able to contract my personal projects before I even resigned from work. I had to leave my office not because I wanted to. I was needed there and even after leaving I was still highly in touch with my boss. He calls me when he needs my help badly and I oblige when needed. As much as I wanted to stay just like how I had to settle with just one particular career a choice had to made. Same year that my dad undergone bypass operation, finalizing my papers for migration and most importantly spending most of my time with my family knowing that soon I'll be leaving. That's also when my freelance professional career started which I still pursue up to now. In any case I will consider additional courses it will be most likely Photography or Culinary Arts =)

In life we have to do and decide on things. Choices have to be made and we have to be willing to accept the consequences that lies within. We can never be assured if things will turn out the way we want it to be but no matter what, we should always be ready to accept the challenges along the way. Nothing's easy, don't you agree?

I know I talked so much about me in this post, my life in school and all but I want to give the highest credits to my youngest sister who graduated March this year and just passed her ECE board exams 2 weeks ago. and too. Now we have an engineer in the family =) Congratulations!!!

Oh well sorry for this very long post. You might be yawning now of boredom! =P How about you? Were you able to follow your heart's desire in choosing your career?

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42 Responses
  1. levian Says:

    no it is not boring at all! it is so cool to finally know your full educational backgrounds. it amazed me how you managed to keep your interest going since the very beginning! i only remembered wanting to be a nurse before i have the chance to interact with computer n fall completely in love with it ever since. :p n of course, a huge congratulation to your sister's graduation! :)

  2. lina Says:

    No.... not boring at all. Now I know a bit more about you, Ayie! :)

    Your high school uniform is so ladylike. :D

    And congrats to your Sis.

  3. Anya Says:

    You are not talking to much about yourself
    its a very friendly post
    Its not boring ..... LOL


  4. ladyviral Says:

    when I was young, I wanted to be a firewoman! Then I wanted to be a cop... of course I grew out of it, then I wanted to be lawyer.. but yet I haven't got that chance. Maybe in the future I hope I can :).

  5. [SK] Says:

    hahaha, talking about this?? i think i'm more deviated than others.. thot about pursuing architecture in school, but then got myself into the engineering course, graduated and plunged into the IT industry.. :p

  6. lina Says:

    I'm like you. Took IT course, then went into Banking, then jumped to Property as a trainee and now in Finance.

  7. wenn Says:

    well.. i just got into teaching cos my family couldn't afford to send me for further studies..

  8. rainfield61 Says:

    This is your chosen journey. You must be proud of it.
    The writing may be helpful to someone who need guidance.

  9. Mummy Gwen Says:

    Ayie ganda, I'm very proud of you. You have a great career and outstanding academic background. Congrats to your sis too!

    I have a degree in IT. Work a couple of years and guess what I'm doing now..haha.

  10. Y.S Says:

    that's interesting Ayie, I am glad you wrote this post to let me know a little bit more about you!
    So did your little girl told you what she wanted to be?

  11. Ayie Says:


    Thanks in behalf of my sis. Really I didn't bore you out? I was in the mood to write quite long because I was waiting for hubs to finish work doing overtime. Just a little piece of me =)

  12. Ayie Says:


    That uniform is our gala uniform, only used on special occasions but the style of our regular uni was the same just color light brown dress and choco brown tie. Hehehe did you notice me there? so many faces!

    Thanks for my sis!

  13. Ayie Says:


    Oh why thank you dear =) I'm happy to hear that.

  14. Ayie Says:


    Wah so many you wanted but didn't go for it. It's ok as long as you are happy with what you are pursuing now =)

  15. Ayie Says:


    You you were a lost soul back then! =P

  16. Ayie Says:


    You also went to different fields! Wow that gives you broader work field choices.

  17. Ayie Says:


    So how did teaching work for you? My mom's a professor too in college.

  18. Ayie Says:


    Yes I am proud of it because I really worked hard for me to achieve my dreams. I may not be actively employed right now but I am doing what I love> I still get to design and do other things. i hope this can reach others who are very undecided =)

  19. Ayie Says:

    Mummy Sexy,

    Follow your heart, right? You also worked and just need to do more priorities right now. Same like me, I can't fully focus being a plain career woman anymore. Thanks =)

  20. Ayie Says:


    Thanks, I'm happy to share a part of me to my blog community. =) Oh you are talking about Elisse? She's my niece and not my own baby...just looks like it =) She still doean't know those things, same age as your boy. How about your little one?

  21. SandyCarlson Says:

    You are a driven person, an inspiration.

  22. Cherry Says:

    congratulations to your sister! you guys must be good in numbers and such. :)

    i followed my dream but it didn't follow me. i am a licensed dentist but i'm now working as clinic coordinator in a specialist clinic. i am not complaining though, i love my current job. :)

  23. You're right, Ayie..At first, I went to school in the area where my brother told me to study, then I hated it, and I finally decide for myself..

    Great post!

  24. Tekkaus Says:

    I have always chart my own path in my life. But sometimes...I wish I have listened to my family. LOL :D But hey...I believe everything happened for a reason and we should live with our decision. :p

    P.S.: I almost choose medical. :p

  25. Carver Says:

    This was a good post and interesting to learn more about you. Congratulation on what you've accomplished and also to your sister.

  26. Salitype Says:

    congratulations is in order! let's drink a cappuccino for your sister's success!

    like you, i knew what i wanted to be even as a child. i never dreamt of any other career than being a nurse.i got what i wanted and more....

    now, i think i want to learned landscaping. would be fun to get my hands dirty...lol!

  27. Ice Says:

    Thanks for sharing Ayie. Choosing a career is always something very difficult when a person is young and not knowing the real life behind that career. I thought I like what I did, but I didn't.

    I will be posting about a bit of my life soon.

    Maybe someday you can share a bit on how you end up in the US huh?

  28. Sidney Says:

    Smart family !
    Congrats !
    It seems easy... but I am sure it was not without challenges! I am happy to see that you succeeded.
    Photography or Culinary Arts ?
    You will tell us, no?

  29. oh sweet friend, this post is adorable!
    Thanks so much for sharing these lovely moments!

  30. Ayie Says:


    Oh thank you so much.

  31. Ayie Says:


    Doesn't it feel so good when you get to follow your dreams?

  32. Ayie Says:


    It's good that you later on followed what you wanted.

  33. Ayie Says:


    As long as you are happy with your decisions, that's more than enough.

  34. Ayie Says:


    Thank you so much for your nice words.

  35. Ayie Says:


    I'll drink to that eng! cheers! Thanks =)

    Landscaping? that's nice! it's something very good to do to de-stress too.

  36. Ayie Says:


    I'll wait for your post!

    How I ended up here? It will be coming soon. I sharedpartial of the details before but I'll have an overall recap for better reading.

  37. Ayie Says:


    As you can see photography is my passion so it might be good to learn more and with culinary arts...I just love to cook!!!

    Thank you!

  38. Ayie Says:


    Now you know a bit more about me =)

  39. levian Says:

    absolutely not! i do have a little trouble understanding it fully when it comes to the fields that you were involved in. but other than that, it was fun knowing your educational past! :D

  40. foongpc Says:

    I agree with you. Nothing worthwhile achieving is easy. And yes, we have to make choices. Life is all about choices right? : )

  41. Ayie Says:


    Just a bit more exposure and I bet you'll get it too.

  42. Ayie Says:


    Full of choice indeed =)

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