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Is it strange to have such diverse career goals? How do I go about wanting to do something with art, being a 911 operator, and being an elementary school teacher?

During my 12 years of school, I was "encouraged" to go to college, but it was more like manipulation. It was more like a life or death situation when it came to the topic of college, which essentially drove me away from wanting anything from it. During high school, I wanted to do more with art, whether it came to YT sorry time animation, cartoons, comics, anything. At the moment, I'm experimenting with tattoo design. During the middle or end of 11th grade, I looked into being a 911 operator. Funny enough, what encouraged this choice was the show 9-1-1. I want to be the voice that the person on the line hears when they're in a state of distress, and I want to be the one to help them. I know that is not as somewhat glorified as it is in the show, but I want to help and be there for them. When I graduated high school, I started to want to become a teacher. I think I would be fit for pre-k, kindergarten, middle school, or high school for many reasons, and I figured elementary was the sweet spot. I want to be a teacher because I and many other students, former and current, hated school because of the teachers, staff, and the education system as a whole. We feel that it's not beneficial or good for our wellbeing, mental and otherwise. I want to be the teacher kids look up to, are comfortable with, and feel safe with. It's for the well being of tiny humans. I feel like I relate to these kids because I like what they like, what they find boring, I find boring. (I also want a little army to sing Disney and musical songs with me while doing work.)

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Mickael’s Answer

Hi Laila,

No, it is not strange at all to have that many aspirations. In fact, that is why may young people of your age feel lost about they career path: they see so much things they like and want to do.
I would recommend not to mix professional life and passion. If you want to become 9-1-1 operator because you want to help them, be here for them, or a teacher, it seems to me that you have a strong taste of helping your community. Well, teacher, psychology in general to help people that struggle and to help them grow seems to me the career you want to think about.
About your passion for arts, like Hajro, keep it as your hobby. We all need something we can "disappear" into for a while when things get hard, or simply to disconnect. If arts help you achieve that, great. And if you are good enough that you can even make some money out, even better.
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Allan’s Answer

Hello. Your concept of having a variety of interests at this stage of your life is very good. You currently have your whole life ahead of you! remember that you might have life events that happen along the way that "CHANGE" what you focus your attention on. Don't stop having multiple interests. I made a point of specifying "change" because life events can be positive!
Regarding what your Guidance Counselors are saying to you...they are attempting to deal with potentially thousands of people just like you. Try not to think they don't care about your future. They really do. If your request for input is current, the counselors are dealing with this thing called Covid-19 also. It's new for them too! They are still being expected to do their jobs also. No getting around it...it's hard!

Fast forward...Follow Mr. Rosenberg's advice. Look at the Psychology path. Yes it involves College, or what might be called University. Try to include Volunteering in your life. Include in the volunteer path items you may not like doing when you 1st think or heard of them. They could be hard, both physically and emotionally. Try it. Just try it. Sometimes it can be amazing what you learn. You can go home at the end of the day. Sit down. Take a bit of time and reflect on your day. If you are willing , create a Journal or Diary. Think about what you did. Who you met, and go to sleep knowing you helped someone.
That someone might be you :)
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Hajro’s Answer

One thing that I read about career and career advancement is that hobbies/passion outside of the work is very important. I too, although in finance, appreciate painting and other various forms of art. I think that it is a blessing to be so curious about such diverse and important work for our society, including art. However, I allocated my passion for painting to be a hobby where I share my work with friends and family. It turns out that my art work was one of the best gifts that my coworkers got (at least they claim that).

good honest answer. Excellent to let a future educator know they also need to have an outlet too to decompress. Allan Eves

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Pro’s Answer

Try an Interdisciplinary, Liberal Studies, or General Studies major, that will let you combine multiple interests. Or an Individually Designed major that you can even name yourself.
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