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I don't know what I want to do for a living.

I'm a Junior in highschool and only really enjoy history and art. I'm not very good at art, but I love history. I wouldn't mind working in an office. I also wouldn't mind traveling either. #art #college #history


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Troy’s Answer

Hey Kaitlynn, I also love history and art. I majored in history and absolutely loved it. You learn so many real-world skills that you really don't get in other majors. So if you love history, I suggest you major it...maybe even art history!

I interned at a museum one summer, and it was the best summer of my life. When you can be in a museum, soak up all the information and the archives and tell the personal stories behind the objects or artwork in the museum, and then share it with the people who have always dreamt of coming to your museum, it's a really fulfilling feeling.


Thank you! I already love museums I would love to work at one. Kaitlynn O.

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Melisa’s Answer

Hello Kaitlynn,

Great question and I know you likely are not alone in asking this. As Troy suggests, museums are great places to get experience and you can even volunteer at one to get a better sense of what it is like. You’ll likely be happier when your career is also something you love doing. It may take some time to find your "dream job" but often, trying out different types of careers and opportunities you come across can help you decide what you do and don't like.  

Think about three simple questions to ask yourself to find your “Career Sweet Spot.” 1. What brings you joy? 2. What are you great at? 3. What will people pay you, enough, to do? http://developmentcrossroads.com/2012/08/3-questions-to-find-your-career-sweet-spot/

Have you ever heard of a library sciences degree? My daughter’s boyfriend recently finished his M.A. Degree in Library Sciences and he also has an interest in art and history. He enjoys what he does now and works a lot with data information, research and interesting projects.

Best wishes for success in your education and career goals.

#history #career-choice #college #art

Melisa recommends the following next steps:

Seek out a mentor or individual in a career that interests you and learn more about their job, what they like, dislike about it. Set-up some time to shadow them on a typical day at work.
Check out resources like www.glassdoor.com and search different careers that interest you, by geography, or city and state.
Take a career assessment that can also help you find careers that may suit you and that you might not have considered.

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Laurianne’s Answer

Kaitlynn,

You ask the question that most of us have asked ourselves at various points in our lives. You have a great start knowing that you enjoy art, history and traveling. I am a strong supporter of taking career assessments to see what the data shows. You have a broad set of interests that if college is what you seek, I would recommend attending a liberal arts college that had a robust Study Abroad program. You would get the change to explore your interests in a deeper way. This may also expose you to what else you'd like to do as you will have access to professors, mentors, internships and a ton of other resources. If college isn't for you, consider, the with support of your family, volunteering or working abroad. Again, the experiences may spark something in you that helps give you direction.

Laurianne recommends the following next steps:

Visit https://www.onetonline.org/ to take a career assessment and see which careers both align to your personality and pique your curiosity.

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Patrick’s Answer

Hi Kaitlynn,

Unlike most of my friends at high school I had very little idea of what I wanted to do from a work perspective. All of my interests (including History!) seemed fairly restrictive in terms of actual opportunities!

That being said I liked computers and the idea of working in an office environment appealed to me more than working in retail (which I did as a part-time job during high school). I managed to get an entry level job in a software company and worked out what I was particularly good at and enjoyed through experience.

I started in customer support, then moved to technical support, then sales operations and landed in Deal Desk (a role that is part sales operations and part finance). In summary I never expected or planned to have the job I have now but I have enjoyed getting here and enjoy the work that I do! Most importantly my work also affords me to opportunity do the things I want such as travel, go to sporting events, eat and drink great food with friend and enjoy life generally.

Work will always be an important part of your life and it is critical that you enjoy it. But for me I have always worked to live and not lived to work.


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Matthew’s Answer

Hey Kaitlynn!

I earned my BA in History from The University of Georgia in 2013. The great thing about a history degree is the wide variety of skills you develop. With a history degree, you'll become proficient in reading, writing, and researching. You'll have to digest decades' worth of information and then be able to condense that information and form your own opinion about the topic at hand.

The skills I learned at UGA have helped me immensely in my career. I would recommend researching the University you want to attend and see how their History department is set up, how it runs, and how their career center is set up. I wish you the best of luck!

Take care,

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Peter’s Answer

As a 17 year old, I don't think you should know what you want to do for a career. There are so many different jobs out there and they may or may not align with your current interests. Work hard in school, be kind to other people, and ask as many adults as you can what they do for a living, and what they like or don't like about their jobs. That should give you more information as you evaluate what careers are right for you.

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Melisa’s Answer

Hello Kaitlynn,

Great question and I know you likely are not alone in asking this. As Troy suggests, museums are great places to get experience and you can even volunteer at one to get a better sense of what it is like. You’ll likely be happier when your career is also something you love doing. It may take some time to find your "dream job" but often, trying out different types of careers and opportunities you come across can help you decide what you do and don't like.  

Think about three simple questions to ask yourself to find your “Career Sweet Spot.” 1. What brings you joy? 2. What are you great at? 3. What will people pay you, enough, to do? http://developmentcrossroads.com/2012/08/3-questions-to-find-your-career-sweet-spot/

Have you ever heard of a library sciences degree? My daughter’s boyfriend recently finished his M.A. Degree in Library Sciences and he also has an interest in art and history. He enjoys what he does now and works a lot with data information, research and interesting projects.

Best wishes for success in your education and career goals.

#history #career-choice #college #art

Melisa recommends the following next steps:

Seek out a mentor or individual in a career that interests you and learn more about their job, what they like, dislike about it. Set-up some time to shadow them on a typical day at work.
Check out resources like www.glassdoor.com and LinkedIn to search different careers that interest you, by geography, or city and state.
Take a career assessment that can also help you find careers that may suit you and that you might not have considered.

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Mike’s Answer

Keep in mind the more agile and flexable you are the more career options you will have. Have a background in hisotry does not mean you can only be a teacher. History gives you an understanding of good and bad leadership that can be used in a business you decide on.

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