Nurse? Doctor? Physical therapist? Acupuncturist?
Tell us about your dream job. Is anything standing in the way? Or, if you already have your dream job, tell us about your journey to get it.
Medical Laboratory Technician.
I am Masaba Rogers and I am running a piggery project and providing catering services located in Bugumba – Iganga District. I am very famous for the quality of food which I offer. I supply almost the whole market with food every day at lunchtime. With my earnings, I am able to cater for my basic needs and other projects. I take advantage of public occasions and make a lot of proﬁt. My future career is medical laboratory technician.
A Whole, Well World
My name is Caitlin Smart, and I have experienced mental distress for nearly half my life. My life's mission is to encourage people to focus on their mental wellbeing, advocate for those who do experience mental distress, and fight the stigma surrounding those with mental health issues.
My personal belief is that in order to get really passionate about something, it must have personally affected you in some way. I have experienced mental distress for 5 years now, and there are times when I have not been sure that I would live to see the morning, let alone the year 2016.
20% of the world will experience issues with their mental health during their lifetime, and that proportion is increasing. However, I myself exemplify that people can be successful even if their brain is a little different. Mental distress is nothing to be scared or ashamed of, but we need to fight to make sure that message is heard.
My dream job is to be a Nurse
My name is Kobusingye Sharon. I started making samosas at home here in Namasagali and selling them along the roadside. I stuffed them with beef and vegetables and sold the vegetable samosas for 200 Shillings and the beef samosas for 500 Shillings. I did this for some time. I informed shops and restaurants about my business. Since the quality and taste of my samosas is good, I have got supplying contracts for shops and restaurants. I stopped selling along the roadside and this made my work easier and still my earning are high enough to cater for my daily needs. My dream job is to be a nurse.
My name is Brian Mwesigye and I work in the cattle industry. I was given this cattle from my father who had about 20 cattle in his farm at this time. The cattle give birth almost every year and this has expanded my farm a lot. I mainly keep the cows, but sell the bulls and milk. Every morning, I supply the nearby trading centre with milk, where I sell 10 Litres of milk for about 10,000 Shillings. This has greatly increased my income. During public holidays like Christmas, I have a high income, which enables me to live a comfortable life. My father is proud of me for being enterprising. I am studying to be a Veterinary Doctor, which is my dream!
SURGICAL DOCTOR IN THE MAKING
My name is Ntipa Chola, I am 17 years old and just completed my senior education.
I have always thought of helping people in any way possible, while at school, I always enjoyed math and Biology, the subjects contributed to me picturing my self-working as a surgical doctor.
The compassion I feel when I see someone in a bad state builds up my passion for this career.
During my time in school, I served as an Aider for 3 years in the Red Cross club, it was in this club where I learned how to treat casualties with different cases.
During my journey to fulfill the dream, I have encountered a lot of challenges like funds to carter for my academics, my parents are unable to pay and afford the requirements. I have siblings who go to school but my parents face challenges in paying the fees.
Because of that, I face a lot of negative encouragement from a lot of people claiming that I am just wasting my time.
Thinking of changing my career is the advice I am getting from everyone, an alternative offered is that of being a police man of which is the opposite of everything that describes me.
Life is becoming tuff after finishing school as it is hard to find a job to help me save for my university costs, the levels of unemployment are overwhelming, while on the other hand, few companies offering employment are looking for people with experience which I am yet to acquire.
Getting a chance to be enrolled to the university is what I have been wishing for, as I am convinced that a beautiful future awaits me in the health sector.
OPTISMISTIC ABOUT BEING A SURGEON
In my life so far, working hard is what I understand most. I have always been a boy full of pleasure when there is work, as I grew up, I came to ask myself what type of work I would like to do in the future. All rays pointed out to one thing and that’s Surgery.
Inspired by nature, I have come to decide that it is ideal for me to work as a surgical doctor. Not having had an opportunity to get involved in medical or surgical activities has not discouraged me, am fully persuaded that I can make it.
However, there are more obstacles to my career to endure. Sadly, People would rather propose something they think is best for me and not what I feel I can manage.
Neighbors, family members and friends have different career paths which they think best suits me, for them, being a surgical doctor is an impossible ambition, their views depresses me as I expect full support from them.
Not having a lot of people to get inspiration from is a challenge, as most of the people in my community have less success stories with education.
Majority of the youths are looming in the streets while being involved in substance abuse, theft among other things.
I feel if I had someone to guide me towards my dream career I would be less anxious about what lies ahead of me and fight the fear of the unknown within me.
To help keep myself busy from the community influence, I engage myself in various activities. I always spend my free time at Children International Zambia center, there, I have been privileged to be part of community youth reporters where we learn media skills and utilize them to tell our stories faced in communities and cover events of national interest.
While at school, I have come to notice that education has gone way expensive in our generation, coming from a middle class family and having other siblings gives me doubt if my guardians will afford to take me to the university looking at the difficulties they face to cater for our academic needs.
As a way of making a step towards attaining my goals, I chose pure sciences and mathematics at school, with these subjects, I am hoping to be among the best students during my grade 12 national examinations so as to be given a bursary at the university.
There are some chances of attaining bursaries from government aid, but probably it is one out of billions, others make it while others do not.
Great fear strikes my mind sometimes when I contemplate on whether I will be among the lucky ones to get the bursary thereby turning my dream career into reality.
Aside from financial constraints, I have a minor social challenge, I lose my memory once in a while for a short time. This situation makes my family members underestimate and question my abilities, the physical challenge however does not affect my perception and mental views of anything.
It is my devout hope to be one of the best surgeons, a good role model and an inspiration to the young people who will then be going through what I am experiencing now.
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