Career Advice Desperately Needed
Okay. So Im 17 years old, and I am a junior in high school...Now is the time for me to start looking for scholarships, universities, colleges, etc..right? Well, I've seemed to run across one tiny problem. (HUGE for me though) I don't know what I want to do for the rest of my life, like my career or whatever. See, I love writing stories, its a total passion of mine, and I've actually completed a book. But publishing is expensive, and it can be hard to become a successful author. Also, I have a passion for the past. History is just amazing to me in any and all ways. And its one of my biggest dreams of all to have an excuse to travel all around the world, i want to see so much! But then I also love to make things, and DRAW...I love drawing. I've had people tell me to draw an anime or something. But with all these things I love to do, I've encountered an issue. If I want to do something I love for the rest of my life,what should I go to university for? What should my career be? My major?
Please help! I just need some advice.
Start out at a community college, that way you can take a bunch of different classes to see what you really like.
History is a great major if you love reading books about it constantly as well as writing long papers frequently. Drawing is a fun thing to major in if you can find a college that offers it which is pretty rare.
Creative writing is a good field to be in in college if you enjoy writing fiction and prose.
Don't jump into anything too quickly though, just take your time. College is a LOT different and much more difficult than high school so your interests might change dramatically.
^^agreed. ...you don't have to major in anything immediately when you go to college (tho it's nicer to do that). The majority of college freshmen are "undetermined". You can take all of those classes you're 1st & 2nd year (art 1, history, writing1 ), & see which you like/enjoy more. Or you can just take all your pre-determined classes (like English, Math, etc.) & get them outta the way, until you figure it out. you choose what you wanna learn & an advisor can help you choose the right class to take.
You can even major/minor in 2 different subjects. (Like major in writing, minor in art)... & get a degree in both. Most of those subjects will show you what jobs you can have in those fields too, when you take the class.
Most people don't figure out what they're going to do until their halfway done with college anyway. Lol
Set your career path on the highest possible option. (for scholarship reasons) Something that compliments your interests... an English or History professor (Masters) would give you lots of time to hone your writing craft and do background. With a teaching degree, you can always change careers into something else later.
Use arts as a minor so you can illustrate your own books. Covers or childrens books, etc.
There is so much pressure that this is your FOREVER path. In fact, you will probably change careers at least 3 times in your life. Put your best foot forward on paper and let your love and interest in life guide you from there.
Like the others said, you don't really need to decide right away. Take a lot of different types of classes during your first year or two and decide from there.
When I entered University I thought I wanted to be a teacher. But then I took several different types of courses and realized that I wanted to work in archaeology. So I majored in Anthropology (with a minor in History).
As for what you said, perhaps Archaeology/Anthropology could be a good career choice. And take a minor in Art. Perhaps on day you could be an archaeological illustrator. (I know several people who do archaeological drawings by hand and on computer.)
I agree with the others. You shouldn't panic about choosing a major right away. I didn't realize until the end of my Junior year that I really liked and coud do well in psychology. As luck would have it, I was never able to finish college but, when the time was right, It just clicked what I should major in. I always thought that you should "eat your vegetables first", that is-take all your required classes first and get them out of the way. Or you could take all required classes excet for one optional class each semester. And it is smart to go to a cheaper college for your required classes (Just make sure they transfer well to other colleges and that the number of credits for each class doesn't change when you trasfer. That happened to me) Good luck with your future plans!
I would recommend going to a community college first, and try to figure out what you would like or could tolerate as a career. I say this mostly because a degree in writing, english, literature, or history is generally not worth much on the market.
Before you get discouraged, I'm not saying to not pursue your interests, but rather pointing out that your interests do not require a degree to do them, so why spend 4 years (minimum) of your life and at least $30,000 on a college education that may not get you a job?
Basically, what I'm saying is to read and write to your heart's content, and use your college degree as a backup if your writing career doesn't work out.
I disagre about a degree in writing, english or literature not being worth much on the market. If you get a degree in writing or english you can get a job anywhere! Companies will hire someone who can write and who have good grammar. I went to school for CW and although I didn't finish just the fact that I can write and had attended college to write has opened doors for me. Furthermore, a friend of mine who got her degree in CW was hired pretty much on the spot by a prominate law firm in her area simply because she could write. She later went and got her law degree, passed the bar and wrote a lawyer murder mystery that was published last year.
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