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Aunty Bella: Miss. Professional Uncertainty

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Aunty Bella is our  agony aunt column on BellaNaija. We launched this column in the early days of BN and periodically feature issues sent in by BN readers. 
We hope the BN family can offer insightful advice.

Good day aunty Bella,

I was hoping I could get some real advice from your readers as it seems as if the people around me don’t understand my case.

I graduated from university with a 1st class in Accounting, everyone was happy for me. I was happy for me too.
The thing is, right from when I was young I was that child who said I wanted to be a farmer, then sailor, then lawyer, then dentist , then surgeon and the list goes on.
In secondary school I went to commercial class simply because most of intelligent people in my set at the time went to science class and I was like there is no way I am going there because I felt I wouldn’t shine there.

Then in commercial class everyone wanted to be an accountant. As in it was the ‘ghenghen’ profession . So I did JAMB and chose accounting . To be fair, accounting wasn’t so bad but I was really struggling at some point but somehow I passed. I have a fear for failing and also disappointing my parents and so I always push myself HARD .
I have written ICAN skill level and passed 2 papers in professional level, I have 3 papers left. I passed the skilled level at one sitting, everyone was hailing me ‘badass accountant’ ??? and I used to tell people ‘na God’ but they thought I was just being humble.

But right now, I CANNOT deal anymore. I am an expressive person. I want to work in an airline asking people ” do u want juice or coffee?” , I want to work in a customer service based role, I want to act in a TV series or a movie. Those are the things that interest me .

Now, nobody else understands. My parents are like I am in the final level of ICAN that I should just manage to be chartered. I am like how about a start a course in CRM or something related that actually interests me. Now my parents are just making me feel bad, that I have wasted my life so far, school fees and all.

Did I mention I currently work as an accountant but I am not passionate about my job at all and I want to quit but my job puts food on my table right now.
I need advice, what do I do?

Should I complete ICAN or just look for a job related to what I really want to do and go for it or what steps should I take now because I am officially confused.

On a side note, I really wish I was that child that knew what she wanted to be from the start and stuck by it, all this wouldn’t be happening now.

Thank you.

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