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how do I choose a program in College?

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Hi, I am currently attending a tech school for liberal arts and I Change my mind every day on the career I want to peruse #graphic-design #art #career #college #research , I started with dental hygiene and then social work and then special education and then graphic communication and graphic design and now I am totally lost. I am not interested in math, science or the medical field. I used to work at McDonald's and a gas station and now I work as a direct support professional and I love it!

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Jacob’s Answer

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This may sound harsh and is certainly going to be unpopular, but you should stop taking any classes beyond what would be consider as a general requirement for a degree (writing, languages, and the like). Each class you take that is not part of either your future degree program or is not a general requirement/elective is a waste of money and time.

College is not supposed to be a place where you find what you want to do with your life. Nor is a place to explore your passions, that is what hobbies, clubs, and professional organizations are for. College is a place you go to learn the skills you need to find employment. Particularly employment that you are willing to do, at least in the short to mid term, that will pay a wage to enable the lifestyle you desire (or lead to that as the case may be). These skills need not and often will not be what you are passionate about and that is okay. Your end goal for college should be marketable skills which you can trade for tolerable work.

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Todd’s Answer

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It's great to have many interests. You may want to consider pursuing one of those interests that can provide you with a career that pays a good salary and then volunteer your time in areas of your other interests as well. I have family members in special education and also graphic design. Special education is a challenging and rewarding field that requires a Masters degree but is not an exceptionally well-paying job. And graphic design does not require extensive education, but it can be a struggle to find/stay employed. As Rachel mentioned, a career counselor should be able to guide you so you may want to see if your current school offers this service. Best of luck to you!
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Rachel’s Answer

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Hi!

I would say the best advice I could give is to try as many things as possible. Join different clubs, talk to people that work in different areas that you might be interested in and get a taste for what their career looks like! Everyone has different experiences but the more people you talk to, the better insight you'll get. I would definitely recommend talking to a Career Counselor at your university and talk about your options. Many people go into college and come out of college still not knowing what they really want to do in life, so don't stress too much!
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Yunqing (Meredith)’s Answer

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I was an undecided major when I enter college. I chose it by attending different classes and see if I like to work in this field for the entire life and if I am good at this subject.
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Upasna’s Answer

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Let me tell you this, you are not alone in this confusing state. There are many who go through this before realizing what their true calling is. So, its perfectly normal that you feel this way, don't judge yourself on that. I like that you try what you like, that is the best way of exploring new ideas and interests.

Identify what makes you happy and fulfilled, it can be more than 1 thing to start with. And then see which one has the potential of earning the kind of money you want to earn to maintain the kind of lifestyle you want and support the goals you have set for your future.

What I see from what you have presented here, you love Service and it makes you happy if you make others happy. May be that is your calling, just find out how & which way you want to serve.

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Zugey’s Answer

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I would recommend you taking an aptitude test to figure out what careers you tend to lean towards. Also based on what you have done, have you considered perhaps getting into Design Thinking? If not look into it, in its simplest form, design thinking is a process, applicable to all walks of life, of creating new and innovative ideas and solving problems; it is not limited to a specific industry or area of expertise. It can be as effective in technology or education as it may be in services or manufacturing.

Good luck!
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Cesar’s Answer

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You are not the only one … Take a career aptitude test. Once you have a general idea of your interest then join clubs and seek out internships so you can verify it's really what you want.
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Cesar’s Answer

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You are not the only one … Take a career aptitude test. Once you have a general idea of your interest then join clubs and seek out internships so you can verify it's really what you want.
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Zugey’s Answer

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I would recommend you taking an aptitude test to figure out what careers you tend to lean towards. Also based on what you have done, have you considered perhaps getting into Design Thinking? If not look into it, in its simplest form, design thinking is a process, applicable to all walks of life, of creating new and innovative ideas and solving problems; it is not limited to a specific industry or area of expertise. It can be as effective in technology or education as it may be in services or manufacturing.

Good luck!
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