What career would be right for me?
I am in college but is still indecisive since I'm currently doing pre-nursing but my interests are more about aesthetics in art, photography, and photo editing or something around that. As you see those things don't match up. What career would be good for me? P.S I don't want to be a graduate with a low paying job that is stereotypical rumors with these interests such as photographer or artist. And I am also interest/good in technology such as computers. It sounds like graphic design or something similar but I don't know if I'm/my interest is strong enough to major in that. #college #career #art #graphic-design #photography #editing #digital-photography #aesthetics
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Angela Theresa’s Answer
It is difficult, considering you very different interests. Although, perhaps something in the medical field that has to do with "the art of healing". Perhaps learning X-ray Technology. It is, in a way, internal photography and knowing how to spot cancer, broken bones, etc.
No pun intended. And being an Artist is about willingness to take a leap of faith. Fashion Photographers can make a lot of money; Wedding Photographers can do very well, too.
If it is more important to make good money after college. There is nothing wrong with nursing and doing photography part-time; see how it goes and make a plan to transition to full-time photography when you feel it is earning you enough money.
get the nursing degree. If you are passionate enough to hone your skills in aesthetic pursuits outside the work place, then you may be able to find your way into professional opportunities when others see how amazing you are.
As a photographer who has seen the ability to make a living at it become increasingly difficult over the last few years with the advent of digital, I'd advise against it as a career. As you acknowledge the creative life is not a stable way to make a living. My daughter went into nursing and obtained a masters degree as a nurse anesthetist which is highly in demand. She makes a very hefty income and secure profession to rely on. I have also known several excellent amateur photographers who are in medicine, business, or law and have incomes that permit them the freedom to travel extensively in their spare time.
Such a dilemma; I think you'll just have to make up your mind what sort of lifestyle you want to live. A nursing career is a sure thing; you'll make a good salary and you'll have lots of opportunities to work where you want . My understanding is that nurses are in demand. A career in the arts such as graphic design or freelance artist is less stable and you'll be taking more of a chance In terms of a salary and job opportunities. If your true passion is for art, then you might be unhappy with nursing in the long run, but if you're committed to a nursing career you could always do art on the side as a hobby. Best wishes on your choice.
It's amazing how many students change their majors at least once. Don't get too nervous about what you'll eventually end up doing after college. But remember that, whatever it is, you'll be doing A LOT of it so it'd better be something you enjoy.
I majored in chemistry and worked as a chemist barely more than one year before I realized it wasn't for me. I had been a photographer for the college yearbook and got a job in the darkroom of a local portrait studio, then as an assistant to an industrial photographer, then (when drafted) as an army photographer, then as a camera buyer for a retail store, then as a stockbroker and, finally, as a portrait photographer. It took me a long time to figure out that what I should have done is go to a liberal-arts college and study history, language, philosophy, literature, economics and so on all the while continuing my love of photography by shooting everything that interested me. You can become an excellent photographer by doing photography, reading about it and studying those who have come before.
I strongly recommend a basic liberal arts education while you do every kind of photography you can. Offer yourself as an assistant -- even at minimum wage -- to an established photographer in your area while you study nursing (or anything else that appeals to you). You'll get a great education in photography from him/her and a great education from your college.