Skip to main content
4 answers
4
Asked 520 views

How do I pick a major for my future carrer

I'm a sophomore in high school and I enjoy editing and film making I'm not sure what to major in though #college-major #high-school #carrer #film #editing

+25 Karma if successful
From: You
To: Friend
Subject: Career question for you

4

4 answers


0
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Scott’s Answer

If you enjoy editing, there are a lot of jobs out there that will utilize your talents. My advice would be to put together a portfolio of your work. You should bring your portfolio into any interviews you get in the future. Employers want to be able to see what you are capable of when they are speaking to you.
Thank you comment icon Hey Scott, this is great advice for the future but the student is still in high school. What college majors would be good for someone who enjoys film editing? Gurpreet Lally, Admin
0
0
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Alyssa’s Answer

Hey there, Dalton!

First off, it's awesome that you are already looking in to the direction to go with college/ your career as a high school sophomore. You're ahead of the game! Second, it's even better that you have a passion, and an interest that'll get you to wake up everyday looking forward to working. Never stray away from you're passion, even if it seems like a more difficult one to find success in.

I would start building your portfolio now! Ask local businesses about making promo videos for them, or local musicians/ artists/ bands about making music videos. Even film live events and make videos about them. Wherever you apply will be very impressed with this.

A passion for film and editing could be great when it comes to the advertisement world. Advertisement (or a similar major) could be a great one, especially at a school where you can choose a sort of film emphasis. Multi-media studies can also be a great major relating to what you love!

The first thing I would worry about is not the major title, however. If you surely WANT to go to college, great! Start looking in to which schools/ programs you're most interested in. All different schools have different majors/ programs, so once you start figuring out the schools that you're interested in, you can pick a major from there. :)

Good luck with everything! :)
0
0
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Tim’s Answer

There is a lot to unpack in your short question, Dalton.

Keep an open mind and explore the nooks and crannies of what you love to do. I have spent 30 years in medical publishing. My title included the word editor, and I helped publish over 350 books. I never "edited" one of them though. I love what I do. I have helped train thousands of doctors around the world. It has been the perfect career for me.

Go slow. Don't declare a major until you have to. Take classes in your first year in college that interest you, maybe in editing and film making. Talk to your professors and advisors. They can share information about the fields with you and may be able to direct you to someone at the school who can give you a few aptittude tests. Try to interview a few editors and film makers and ask what they like and don't like about their jobs. Ask what they wished they majored in. Try to find an internship in your summers. Gather all the information you can. Then follow your passion.

My advice. When I think about great editors and great film makers, I think about great story tellers. A great journalist hears about thousands of unaccompanied minors trying to cross the US southern border and wants to understand what is going on and share that story with readers. A great author has an idea for a book and wants to excite readers as much as he or she was excited by the original idea. They are not great story tellers because they can spell and use grammar correctly. We don't laugh or gasp at the theater because the film maker selected the right angle or selected the right f stop. We are moved because they told a great story.

Could editing and film making be combined. Maybe is screen writing?

Good luck, Dalton. My last piece of advice. You don't want a career. You want a life mission.



0
0
Updated
Share a link to this answer
Share a link to this answer

Kevyn’s Answer

What a great question!

Let me start by encouraging you to NOT do what I did years ago - I picked a major (Electrical Engineering) from a list of majors because I thought it sounded impressive! I didn't bother to look at the types of classes needed to get a degree and as it turned out, I HATED all of the electrical classes! (Good thing you can always change majors)

I would definitely suggest that you start by looking at the types of classes that are required to get a degree in a particular major - keeping in mind that for many courses of study, there are some fundamental classes that are required across many majors - especially in the first 1-2 years. You won't like the sound of all the courses but what you're looking for is a feeling of excitement for a good number of them - especially the more advanced ones, which tend to be more specific to a particular major.

Feeling passionate about a course of study is important, so listen to what your inner voice says to you!
0