What are good career options if I am interested in both writing and "using my creative mind"?
I am a sophomore in high school looking for career options that not only let me use my creative mind but also don't limit me from doing more than one thing in life. I don't know exactly what I want to do, however I do know I want it to make people smile. I'm interested in writing, traveling, design, etc while some of my favorite classes include both English and Spanish. I'm a bit all over the place. Do you have any advice on what I should do? #high-school #business #career #creative #writing #traveling #career-counseling #media #english
Zeporian if you're creative and enjoy sightseeing, sampling diverse foods, or visiting hotspots. As a travel writer, you may work freelance or for a company, but either way your job will be seeking out places that arouse interest. Travel writers use their own personal experiences and knowledge to describe tourist destinations for various types of publications. These writings can be in the form of blurbs, articles, documentaries or travel guides. They generally accompany their writings with photographs of the places they visit. While many would consider a job as a travel writer to be a constant exotic vacation, the reality of it for many experienced veterans is that it can prove quite strenuous. Writers must choose topics and locations not for the sake of pleasure, but rather for the purpose of creating something marketable. They must also deal with the fact that full advances or all-expenses paid trips are rarities.
Though there are some exceptions, travel writers may wish to get started in the field by writing about interesting local destinations, since expense accounts are rare for beginning writers. Most individuals wouldn't consider their current cities or hometowns as exciting travel destinations, but they might be to others. Aspiring travel writers might do some articles for local publications for free in order to get a foot in the door, or seek out less typical outlets for their work in order to build up a track record of being published. These writing professionals must meet deadlines and complete extensive fact checks on all of the material they write. Accuracy is vital. Just as much editing and revision goes into creating a travel piece as any other writing, so travel writers must take criticism well and act professionally. The life of a travel writer can be tiring and somewhat costly, but someone who wishes to experience all the world has to offer will find it a most pleasing adventure. Paid trips are unlikely, unless you have a great deal of experience. A bachelor's degree in journalism or a related major will accrue job opportunities, and the more experience you have, the higher your salary will be.
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I'm a huge nerd, so I also briefly looked into video game writing after college. Not all great story-telling is in book-form only! A friend of mine owns a small company that sells gaming/anime merchandise, and through him I've been able to work at a few conventions around the country (and there are big conventions world-wide). You could also consider a marketing job creating materials for a company that creates stuff you love, especially if that company attends conventions and can send you to help out at them.
I love the idea of a creative itch and looking to explore those kinds of opportunities. One idea to get started would be to see if there are any local business or non-profits in need of some copywriting help. It may have to be pro-bono but it will give you chance to try your hand at some copy. I can't recommend journaling enough in terms of working on your craft and learning to describe your reality. I also would recommend writing short stories, perhaps focused on a character traveling. The best writers I work with simply love to write. It's their passion and a craft.
The beauty of having great writing skills is that many companies in all sectors need good writers. Most companies hire communication specialists, technical writers (for training material). For example, a Tech company would hire technical writers to support the product teams and the users of the tool or software. Others hire communication specialists for their organizations to support the messaging of that organization (Employee Communication as an example). There are also positions for storytelling (marketing), and social media.
If travel interests you, maybe a Degree in journalism could be fulfilling.
Note that more and more companies, especially in Technology have their employees travel for work (conferences, webinars), although with Covid things may change.
Look for courses in:
Translation (since you seem to be a Spanish speaker and this opportunity can lead to open doors for book or published articles translations)
I hope this helps!
MBTI - Meyers Briggs personality test. One of the most popular personality tests out there. The formal MBTI usually charges, but there are a lot of free instances of it online.
It'll list some generic careers to start spurring ideas.
I would say if you can find intern or job shadowing opportunities in film, design, advertising, comedy, or communication. I am not a writer but I know the power of words can put a smile on people's face.
If you like to write (and can write creatively), there are many lucrative employment opportunities in the following fields:
- Drafting government proposals (large or small government contractors)
- Drafting enterprise or business proposal responses (for local, national or multi-national corporations)
- Technical writing for software (high tech companies)
- Non-profit agencies (drafting proposals for grants)
Many people these days lack the ability or desire to obtain a job that requires a lot of writing (versus creating PowerPoint decks). Individuals that really like to write can apply their knowledge and expertise to proposal and/or technical writing and make a great deal of money doing this type of work.
I think it was briefly mentioned once, but going to law school could actually suit you! Law is one of the most writing intensive professions there is, and it takes quite the creative mind to interpret laws and make effective arguments. This profession can also make people smile in ways you would never think depending on the type of law you go into. Imagine enabling your client to immigrate to the U.S to rejoin his/her family through an immigration law case. Imagine giving thousands of workers a pay raise after making an effective argument in a labor law case for a union. While it may not be the "entertaining" style smiles you will see in other careers, you will have the ability to improve many people's lives for the better!
I will even throw a "new" career out there that I never even knew about until a little over five years' ago when a work colleague's wife told me.
A legal proofreader, or a citation writer in local government.
I majored in Professional Writing in college w/ a minor in Literature.
I had no idea where to apply, etc.
I would never have thought to apply or inquire, or even that it was an option, anywhere within my state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
I am now a Legal Proofreader (with no law degree or legal background) who edits all of the legislation for my state.
There are so many writing opportunities within local government agencies, etc.
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I was you when I was young. And I write now that I am not so young. There are a wide variety of ways that you can use a writing talent. The question is - what do you want to do with your writing? If you don't know, you need to explore what your writing means to you. I am assuming that you want to write either books or news articles.
I would say that writing is a skill that needs to be used every day. You should journal as much as a possible for your own pleasure. There are websites like https://nanowrimo.org/ where writers come together to work with and learn from each other. Like anyone trying to get started in something, you should find mentors and build a network around your skill, in this case, writing. When you do research on authors or journalists of note, you find that they found support in a community at some point early in their careers. And those communities can offer you more insight on where to take your writing to earn a living. Another way is to start your own blog. You should also consider ways that you can use your writing skill that may be more journalistic rather than creative at first. Work to write articles for local publications. Consider volunteering your skills to a local non-profit agency. The people who read those articles may be looking for writers themselves.
As to some careers, you may want to consider jobs like English teacher, Instructional Designer (which is what I do), Marketing, Journalist, Lawyer. Each of these careers will still require for you to understand what you are passionate about. I have done my job (Instructional Design) to help people learn how to do their jobs. I have created training for the following industries: Banking, Travel and Hospitality, Technology, and others.
Good luck finding a career in writing. It will sometimes be hard and many times joyful.
You should start a travel blog! That way you would have all the freedom to travel, but also write freely about your experiences and give honest opinions on your travels. You can give travel advice, breakdowns of your trips, etc. It would be fun for you, and helpful to those reading!