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How can I find a career that suits my artistic skills?

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Jessica’s Answer

Hi Sakinah,

In my experience, the best way to find a career that suits your skills and interests is to have internships or job shadow.

Internships are typically offered to students enrolled in college and allow you to try out a job for a semester or so. They can be both paid and unpaid.

Job shadowing is when you follow someone around for a certain period of time who does a job that you are interested in. For example, if you are interested in being a set designer, you may spend the day on set with a designer and see what they do throughout their day. They are typically unpaid.

Another way to discover your career interests is to find a mentor or mentors in career areas you are interested in. They can shed light on their experiences and give you suggestions on careers they think would be a good fit for you.

Good luck!
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Sudeep’s Answer

First of all do you know your artistic skills? Have you had it evaluated and perhaps tested? If you have, then your next step is to join those organizations (face to face) or over social media that can harness your efforts and recognize your skills. What I mean by that is to share your work and see how people respond. Then ask those interested how you can go further by seeking feedback and guidance. Ask for good mentors and possible reading material of people who have similar talents to yours and how they succeeded. Link up with them. I wish you much success.
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Frank’s Answer

In terms of the business world, I would explore learning "design thinking" which is a way to co-create new products or services collaboratively. Having a design-oriented mind will provide you a different way of looking at these opportunities which is being valued more and more by companies. You can learn more about design thinking and also take some free classes on YouTube, in addition to pursuing a degree (e.g. marketing) that will include this in your curriculum. Good luck!
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Liz’s Answer

Begin looking at Art and Design schools. See which programs have the most opportunities for exposure, or to display student work. TO be competitive you will need a strong portfolio. You can do a quick search of top Art and Design schools. Try a program in graphic design and visual arts, have the graphic design skills will open doors for a variety of career paths.

Liz recommends the following next steps:

Begin gathering information about schools, do a quick search of top Art and Design schools.
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