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Basically, I don't know what too do. I don't know what I want to study for and i am panicking.

I love music but my parents oppose me going into that field. And after taking advance classes for a short while, I am demotivated to become a teacher, but, I would love to study in Japan. #education #teaching #music #teacher #college

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Bryan’s Answer

The good thing about music is you don't necessarily need a college degree (unless you want to teach in a school). Find a great teacher and study privately. In the music industry in general, if you are not passionate you will not succeed, so ensure that you are passionate.

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Bryant’s Answer

Make of three things that you are passionate about, from this see career paths that you can make from it. Interviewing professionals, going to professional events, and volunteering can give more insights as well as researching. Everyone struggles into picking a major but you want something that motivates you and not something just because of money or because you are pressured into.

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Jazhel’s Answer

Hi Saizen,

I can relate to your loss of interest with education. I majored in education for 1 semester and felt discouraged. I can also understand your parents' concern about pursuing a career in music as it is a very competitive industry. As for studying abroad, a lot of universities offer students the opportunity to study abroad so that is likely. However, I think the most important thing is to figure out your interests. Speak to an academic advisor so he/she can help you explore what those interests are. Go to the student affairs office and visit the career center or attend career fairs so you have a better idea about the different professions out there and what they entail. Good luck.

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Lisa’s Answer

Hi Saizen, if your parents are like others, they want you to pick a career that will provide you financial stability and job security. That can be tough to do in any industry, but is especially true in the music industry where it can be feast or famine. Try making a list of what careers you can see yourself doing after you graduate. Research the availability of those jobs and their average pay. If any of those jobs are local, go to that business and ask to setup a 1 hour job shadow with someone in that career so you can pick their brain on what they like and don't like about that job. It's great that you are thinking about this now, while you have time to research and plan. Whatever path you choose, I'm sure you'll be a rock star!

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Victoria’s Answer

Studying abroad could be one of the best decisions you make. I plan to study abroad once the world opens up because I've heard too many people say what a great experience studying abroad has been. So if you can, please study abroad in Japan! There are many people who've done it before you who give advice and help others do the same (look on TikTok and YouTube).

DO NOT PANIC. There are adults in their late 20s who still don't have it figured out. No one does!!! That's why we're allowed to change our minds and pivot directions. People change directions every single day and you will end up where you are supposed to be. The best advice I can give you is to pick something. Whatever you think of that brings you the most excitement, do that! If you get excited thinking about being a garbage collector, DO IT! If you get excited thinking about being a nail tech, DO IT! f you get excited thinking about being a musician, DO IT! The excitement you feel about a given topic is usually the direction you're supposed to go in. Even if you find you tried something and you realize you don't like it, you will have learned about yourself and gotten a better idea of what you do want, so it's not a failure! I know your parents oppose you going into that field. That's only because they don't see your vision, but you do! If you can become a musician without your parent's support (i.e. supporting yourself), then I highly encourage you to do that. If not, go in the next direction that interest you. Hope that helps! :)
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