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Unread 08-23-2012, 07:50 PM   #1
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Question College Advice?! Please..?

Hey! I know I am new here and all, and don't know many people, but could anyone lend me a hand here? I really would value the input of people with a similar mindset (You know; Cosplayers!). Basically, I have no idea what I really want to do with my life and high school will be over in a year! I'll admit that I am a bit freaked out (Actually beyond a bit..). I have considered becoming a game artist, an information technologist, or even a UX designer, but honestly I have no clue. I really do not know of anything that makes me "happy," (besides cosplay, but lets face it; there's no cash in that!) so the whole " do something you love" thing is not applicable. Some people tell me to try community college first to find myself,but wont I then miss out on a ton of scholarships that could be used for a bigger university or college? So confused. All I know is that I want a low-stress decent job.. Anyone out there who has gone through a similar headache? Please share if you would!
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Unread 08-23-2012, 07:57 PM   #2
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No one can really tell you what to do with your future and career. I really am not sure how any of us could guide you.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 08:03 PM   #3
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Honestly, college is really only a big deal because of how much it's been marketed. Most people who attend do not end up in the field they want and a huge portion of students drop out. So first and foremost I'd calm down and relax. Take your time and learn what it is that you're really interested in and would like to do. Jumping into a career choice just because you're scared about high school ending and think you must get into college RIGHT NOW isn't going to do you any good in the long run.

Look into what it takes to do what it is you really want. What does it take to be a game artist? Probably a lot more then you think. I was accepted into an arts college and their programs are far more EXPENSIVE and intense then you might think. It will be a lot more then "Oh i draw kinda good", a lot more.

And jumping into a career in the arts just because you're kinda scared about your future is really not going to be the best idea for you.

This is going to sound pretty bleak but here's a few different scenarios with different people I know:
My brother took one day of college, dropped out, and began sweeping floors at the headquarters for FORD (the car company) and worked his way up until the point he's at now which is one of the senior designers. (interior and exterior)

A friend of mine and Boyfriends is an accomplished graphic designer who was unemployed for two solid years.

Boyfriend himself has 10 years of college in graphic design but hasn't found a steady job in that field.



Take your time, learn in depth what you want to do and don't rush yourself just because some counselor rams it into your head that you have to go to college right out of high school or you'll fail. It isn't true, and it isn't right.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 08:56 PM   #4
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Don't forget that college is NOT YOUR ONLY OPTION. It may not even be your best option.

There are lots of apprentice options available--for things like electricianry, welding, masonry, even things like aerospace and engineering. Many of those apprenticeships lead straight to good-paying work in the trades, and lots go unfilled every year because trades work has been considered less prestigious than college for a good while now. Apprenticeships are also typically paid.

Honestly, it's what I wish I'd done instead of college. You tell me what's more prestigious: having hands-on skills and a good-paying union job with benefits that puts those skills to use, or a four-year degree and several years floundering around in poverty with no idea what I'm doing. Hell, even if you don't give a damn about prestige there's nothing wrong with a comfortable wage and the ability to do your own home/car repairs.

Also, as someone who's been there: art jobs are hell to get and hell to have. Scrubbing grease traps is easier.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 09:03 PM   #5
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Don't forget that college is NOT YOUR ONLY OPTION. It may not even be your best option.
^This as well.
A friend of mine is 30 and hasn't finished college, she's worked her way up from an internship and paid her dues dealing with the grunt work that entails to get to where she is now. She's finishing her two year degree now because it contributes to the job she has now.

For fields like what I'd like to get into, many are self taught and learn on their own. That isn't to say that college is strictly a bad idea if there's a field you KNOW you want to go into and know that particular courses will aid you. But it isn't really all you've been told it is.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 09:36 PM   #6
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Thanks guys, I really do appreciate the though and time you have put into this! I just worry that without a degree behind my name I wont be able to keep a steady job. Maybe I should just go to the local community college and get a general degree. The more and more I look into an art career, the more and more discouraging it is. I just don't want any scholarship opportunities to pass me up that I may not have later. Also, A guy I know was unnable to move up in his career because he didn't have a degree. He had the know-how, just not the piece of paper. And the saddest part is the degree didn't even have to be one pertaining to his field; just a degree in whatever. But heck, who knows what will happen in the course of the school year, right? I myself often wonder if my "game art" is the result of pressure to just "GO TO COLLEGE." Once again, thanks for the input; it is great to hear from people outside my local community! And by the way Lithium Flower, maybe your boyfriend and friend should look into UX design if they haven't already. I think it incorporates graphic design in some ways and I have seen many online ads looking for some!
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Unread 08-23-2012, 09:37 PM   #7
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I meant thought.. not though! My bad!
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Unread 08-23-2012, 10:17 PM   #8
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I can give you the same realistic advice i would give anyone friend or relative. Don't get a job that you hate just for money, but forget trying to get a job that you'll "love". Go into the healthcare field, nurse, physical therapy, radiation technician, just something that is in high demand and something that can't be outsourced to China.

Something important that a lot of people don't understand is Money=Freedom. It's really that simple.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 10:21 PM   #9
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If you don't know what you want to do start at a community college. Get the basics out of the way and take a variety of electives.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 10:25 PM   #10
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Don't get a job that you hate just for money
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Go into the healthcare field, nurse, physical therapy, radiation technician, just something that is in high demand and something that can't be outsourced to China.
But this is a bit contradictory. What if the healthcare field is what they hate? I would hate being a nurse,I would hate working in a hospital, I would hate my job every time I set foot in there. I hate hospitals.

I agree that it can be a lucrative field, but saying not to get a job you hate then pushing one field for the money is really contradictory to your initial statement of not getting a job they hate just for the money.

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And this too ^

It isn't that I disagree, but the first statement feels a little contradictory with these.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 10:41 PM   #11
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Community college is a great place to go if you're not sure what career path you want to take right out of high school. Many of the general classes will be transferrable to a four-year university. You can also experiment with different classes (while spending less than you would at a university) and see if there is something you would like to make a career out of.
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I sort of do have the issue Lithium Flower spoke of; I really dislike the medical field. I took an AP Bio class and still have nightmares about it! (I did great in the class, just don't care for the subject.) Also, blood makes me queezey, or at least veins do! I do however agree that I may never find a job I love. Really I am looking for something that has good growth, I don't hate (highstress+me=bad), and that doesn't consume my every waking hour. A community college to broaden my horizons is starting to sound better and better!
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You could also try working at various places at a community college if you chose to go there, it would help you gain experience and possibly let you explore something new.
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Don't waste time with a community college's associate's degree. This is just a waste of time and money. DO, however, take basic courses at a community college so that when you make a decision, you already have your basics out of the way.
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You might as well ask an 8-ball, I am hella not qualified to dish any advice nor would I want the responsibility (or liability) of declaring your future lol. XD

That said, there was coincidentally a great vlogbrother vid by John Green (who would be exponentially smarter than me) this week that has some excellent thoughts http://youtu.be/t_N7MAr98CI

Keep calm, and know that whatever you choose - it'll be worth it in experience even if it doesn't turn out the way you expect.
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