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High ability people and career choices

Posted Nov 14 2009 10:00pm

From article There are choices! Making choices: a gifted case report, By Noks Nauta

from book Women - by Annie Leibovitz, Susan Sontag Kitty did well in school, until seventh grade, when she began to experience academic and social problems; she retreated into herself and for a long time didn’t like going to school.

After graduation, Kitty started looking for a fulltime job. She saw an ad for a job as a graduate assistant to work on a dissertation that complemented her thesis, a very theoretical subject in numerical mathematics. Her parents were very enthusiastic; they thought it a good way to start her career.

Kitty herself was not really happy, though. She had nightmares, waking up in a sweat, feeling as if she were suffocating.

She wondered whether this job was what she wanted — or was it her parents choice?

Kitty started looking for jobs on the Internet, but found nothing of interest. She did find a notice about career counseling for gifted people, a career adventure, aimed at very intelligent people who had not learned how to make choices based on their feelings. That adventure appealed to her.

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