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I'm not sure what to study at all I'm looking for career advise

I'm very artsy but I wouldn't want to pursue it as a career. I love working around people but not really with them, I like working with my hand and doing practical things but I also like theoretical things and working with a plan... career-choice career-path career career-counseling

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Stuart’s Answer

Take a variety of entry level / generic education classes. This may help you narrow down areas you like and don't like. You will be required to take these types of classes anyway, so pick ones that look interesting, not just an easy class
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Blake’s Answer

Hello,

This is perfectly normal to not know what career path to choose. I think that some of the suggestions above fit that criteria, but I would recommend taking a career interest survey online to see what other options are out there. This will take in to account many of your characteristics and preferences to help you refine that search.

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Tiffany’s Answer

Hello..I would say try to find internships around your areas on interest. That way you will be able to get a feel for something you will have to do on a daily basis. Don’t be to hard on yourself if you find something you may think you like at one point and then decide to do something else.

Hope this helps
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Rhiannah’s Answer

Your strong creative skills will be an asset in almost any professional career you chose. When in doubt, a general Business Administration degree will give you well-rounded understanding of how the business and professional world works, which will be helpful in any career you end up in.
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Ellie’s Answer

As someone else mentioned, UX Design might be a great fit for you! It involves creativity and autonomous work, but also working in a team. UX design takes things that are theoretical and turning them into tangible experiences based on human behavior. There are also so many types of design that you could explore, so if working on a computer doesn't feel right for you, you could do something more hands on like industrial or fashion design, as you mentioned you like working with your hands.

Here are some resources that might help you understand more about design career options. At its core, design is "creating the structure, format, or experience of a product". And this can take so many forms.
https://blog.sagipl.com/types-of-designers/Industrial_Product_Designer
https://simplicable.com/new/types-of-design
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Alisha’s Answer

I ended up going to college for Fashion Design and I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Textiles and Apparel. I was super artsy and creative growing up and it seemed like my only option. I come from a small town and I wasn't able to get out much and explore career options. Fast forward, I'm managing at a retail chain post-college graduation. This lasted 2 years and I just kind of become tired of the same old day-to-day processes. I decided to go back to school. This is where I found my current career path which is User Experience (UX) Design. I had never heard of this field before and I would have never known it would be the perfect fit for me if I hadn't done my research. I took a 6 month bootcamp and now have landed a dream job in the field of UX Design. Point being, don't settle for anything just because you think you have no other options, there are always going to be other options. I would suggest taking personality test and career tests - these really help you to understand yourself better. Look up generic job descriptions that you think you may be interested in (ex. jobs that include hands-on crafting). I didn't find UX Design until I tried to go to coding bootcamp - and boy, did I find a new and better path for me. Best wishes, and good luck to you!
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Steven’s Answer

Hello: Artistic and create skills are valuable in the fields of graphic design and illustration. This could be items such as website design, marketing brochure design as well as illustrations to communicate concepts. My suggestion would be to explore the Graphic design field, perhaps considering a certification, which can be done online.
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Riley’s Answer

Hi Marli - Have you considered looking at the world of marketing? I always jokingly say that this is where artists can build a career - and make money!

Marketing = EVERYTHING. So, where to start? Think of "Marketing" as New York City, with fields neighborhoods throughout. Below are some of the "neighborhoods" you might wander into...

- Performance Marketing = analytics & reporting
- Creative Marketing = graphic design, web design, UX/UI design, copywriting, film, photography, etc. (AKA.... art!)
- Advertising = tv commercials, creative ad campaigns
- Digital Marketing = social media, and intersects with performance marketing / creative marketing
- Brand Strategy = brand architecture, company / product naming, market research (qualitative + quantitative)

Speaking from my own experience of having to explore what marketing universe career path was right for me... here are a few things that really helped me learn more about what I wanted.

1. Linkedin Sleuthing
Choose your favorite brand. Is it Starbucks? Is it Spotify? Is it PlayStation? Head over to Linkedin, search and click on that business' page, click on their "People" tab, in the small search bar under that tab search "marketing" or "sales". You should see that company's employees start to filter! You can then click around and understand the ecosystem of their marketing world / job titles / career paths. You can even sleuth your way onto someone's profile with a job title you find interesting and see what experience they have that prepared them for the role! Very helpful, and a way to open the door to a possible informational interview.

2. Listen to Experts on Podcasts
I will list some of my favorite podcasts that offer a "deeper dive" into different career paths - to this day, it still opens my eyes and makes me think, "this is someone's job?!".

3. Always ask, "who was behind this?"
Just like Mark said in his answer, looking into "what specifically do these roles do?" is a powerful tool. Let's take a Superbowl ad for example! You may think that it was the brand who put the ad together - like State Farm or Budweiser. But the truth is, there is an army of marketing and advertising agency professionals that brought it to life. I will link an article to AdAge that lists the Superbowl ads AND the agency behind them to help you start to dig into that world...

Wishing you all the best on your journey!

Riley recommends the following next steps:

Listen to Podcast "How Brands are Built"
Listen to Podcast "How I Built This" by NPR / Guy Raz
Find Your Favorite Brands on Linkedin and Search Their "People" for keywords like "marketing" or "sales"
Explore "who is behind" Superbowl Ads: https://adage.com/SuperBowl2021Reviews
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Kayla’s Answer

Hi Marli,

Some of the suggestions above like graphic design and business administration are great. Typically people with a passion for something do not want to tie that passion into their work, because then it becomes, well, work! Your passion for art and design does not necessarily have to be a part of your career, but it can be if you choose to. I have a lot of interests to the point where I did not know specifically what I wanted to do either. I love working with and helping people, being creative, doing different things each day, working with teams but also independently, organizing, planning - the list goes on. One of my college professors gave me advice that I still remember to this day: you don't have to find a career that involves everything you love. Find a career that encompasses at least some of the things you enjoy, and use your other talents in volunteering, hobbies, or other activities outside of work. Maybe you want to work in business administration during the day and run an Etsy shop on the side to do more creative things. It is your journey. I suggest focusing on your interests and taking classes you think you will enjoy or working internships to help figure it out!
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