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Should I shift my course even if it's my passion?

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I'm currently studying AB Literature (sophomore year) and I love my course. I love my readings, my teachers, my block mates, I love everything about literature; it has always been my passion. But I realised that I'm not going to use my degree in the future. I have no interest in becoming a lawyer, neither do I want to become a teacher. I've been considering to shift to a business/marketing course in hopes that I'd be better employed and able to support myself and my family. Should I do it?
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Rebecca’s Answer

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I think your question is one that a lot of people face during their time in college, and it is a very difficult one to deal with! Personally, I think pursuing your passion should be your main goal in life. You are fortunate enough to have discovered your passion early on in life, and I think it would be a shame and possibly a regret later on in life if you gave up on it. I believe there are other possible career paths for you, so look into all possible career paths aside from being a lawyer or a teacher that would allow you to use your skills and passions in your job. Being concerned about your future is definitely important, but don't sacrifice the things you love! I promise there is something out there for you where you will get to use your passion for literature.

Rebecca recommends the following next steps:

  • Speak with a career counselor about possible career paths
  • Look for internships/job shadowing opportunities that interest you
  • Connect with alumni and see what careers they have

Rachael’s Answer

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Hi Isabelle,

I think your consideration of your future is very important and goes to show how aware you are of your career path and passion. I would consider if perhaps you may have other passions that more closely align with the career path you are envisioning? I would also consider if you are willing to sacrifice that passion or if there are viable career opportunities aligned with it? Would it be possible for the course you are currently taking and passionate about to somehow count toward the business/marketing degree? Perhaps a conversation you can have with an advisor.

Best of luck.

Kim’s Answer

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Hi Isabelle,

You have been given some excellent advice and recommendations. In my business experience the people who were well-rounded were the most successful. In other words, your literature passion and knowledge will help you connect with people in the business world which is extremely important. Secondarily the advice to take some business courses is excellent. If you can take a business finance course even better. The basics of business are transferable between industries. Most businesses want to train you in their own industry's uniqueness, but having business courses on your resume will help get their attention. In addition to the business courses you may want to try getting into a business internship to see what areas of business may be of most interest to you - there are so many. Best of luck!

Kim recommends the following next steps:

  • Consider basic business and business finance courses to add to your curriculum.
  • Talk to your counselor about business internships.

Veronica V.’s Answer

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No, you shouldn't. You're lucky if you discover your passion at an early age.

Cass’s Answer

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These are always difficult questions, difficult choices. My suggestion would be to continue your passion, but then also minor in business. Having a concentration in business would allow you to argue for all kinds of employment, including business communication, tech writing, editing, etc., particularly within business environments. You need to follow your passion AND you need to make a living. I think the answer is also dependent on whether you pursue a graduate degree

Jon’s Answer

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Hi Isabelle,

If you're going to read, write, reason, interpret and clearly communicate ideas then you're definitely going to use your Literature degree in the future. I recommend that you do not sacrifice your passion for literature, especially in university, but instead sample courses that might be more directly applicable to careers you might be interested in pursuing after graduation. Seek out internships and budget time for self-study related to given industries, but the skills you acquire earning your Literature degree can be immediately applied to fields like marketing and sales.

Good luck!