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What are some degrees I can look into that are both interesting and fulfilling.

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My name is raven and I find space intresting along with the brain. i have a passion with music and helping people. i have been through a lot and want to somehow help the world or specific people in whatever carreer i have in the future #career-counseling

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Tricia’s Answer

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There are so many directions you can go, right? I agree with Melisa’s answer, getting clarity around what you enjoy extracurricularly (as a hobby, or interest), and what you are good at academically is a great place to start. You might find you enjoy multiple things and are strong in several areas. Pick your top interest and top academic subject then brainstorm with a trusted counselor or mentor what jobs might allow you to use both. Getting exposure (job shadow, volunteering, interviewing someone in the field, etc), provides a great opportunity for you to understand the pros and cons of the field before picking your major. Best of luck!
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Melisa’s Answer

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Hi Raven,

Great question and it’s interesting. I had a flashback to college when I read your question. I majored in Music with a minor in Psychology. I’m now in a career I love in Corporate Social Responsibility and helping connect our employees to programs and opportunities that help others and make a positive impact in our world. And I still use my music on the side, as a hobby and to serve as a volunteer musician.

When choosing a career, you may find great satisfaction too 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.

Here’s a link to an older article, but I still think it is helpfu. It’s about asking yourself three simple questions to find your own 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/

Take time to research different careers or jobs that may interest you.

Best wishes for success in your education and career goals.

#career-counseling #music

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 and consider setting up time for a job shadow session.
  • Here’s another approach to “Finding the work you were meant to do.” https://blog.ed.ted.com/2016/05/10/7-ideas-about-finding-the-work-you-were-meant-to-do/
  • Check out some helpful student resources on http://att.jobs/students
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Caroline’s Answer

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Raven,
Given your interest in the brain, you might consider a degree in psychology. It could open up doors for a fulfilling career working 1-on-1 with patients in a clinical setting, or you could work in the context of an organization or business (more organizational psychology). There are lots of options! I would recommend trying to talk as much as possible to people people who have studied psychology so you can get a sense of what their work looks like. Most people are happy to share about themselves and help someone looking to find their way. Best of luck!
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Deborah’s Answer

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Hi Raven,

Those are both interesting fields.

I would suggest doing some research on the following: Music Therapy, Psychiatrists, Neurologists, Behavioral Health, Aerospace Engineering and Engineering (Materials, Computer, Mechanical, Robotics, Bio Medical).

In addition you can always have your "main job" and volunteer to find fulfillment in the areas you have a passion for such as Shelters, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Tutoring etc.

Good Luck!
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