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How can I find a flexible career which allow me to be more creative / artistic ?

18 year old high school graduate #independent #art #hands-on #creativity #design

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Emma’s Answer

I would definitely advise you to talk to people around you / in your community! You can gain a lot of advice from asking questions and trying to learn more about why people choose their careers and what they like and don't like. Maybe you would be interesting in journalism, creative-writing, film production, graphic design, art history, marketing, advertising, etc. It can also be helpful to search around on career sights such as, Glassdoor or LinkedIn.
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Pro’s Answer

You might think about a degree in Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, or General Studies. I guess you might enjoy creative writing, graphic design, and/or fine arts? That would let you include all those plus other subjects in one major.
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Madison’s Answer

As you start interviewing for different roles and companies, definitely ask your interviewers if they see space for flexibility/creativity in the role. Many more "traditional" jobs still have a lot of creativity built in. For example, in my current role, I am able to exercise creativity through work in PowerPoint design and creative thinking on our recruiting process. Even though it isn't the basis of my entire role, I was able to really hone in on the things that do allow me to flex my creativity. If you can find roles/companies that allow you to bring in your creativity, you'll be able to greatly widen the scope of types of fields to pursue.
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Sascha’s Answer

There is a good book which is now a few years old and may be a bit outdated when it comes to some of the specifics but I think "the 4-hour work-week" by Tim Ferriss is still a good read. It provides good recommendations on how to prioritize your time so you can focus on those things that really require your attention while delegating other tasks.
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Elisabeth’s Answer

I would start with outlining what you love. What activities bring you joy or give you a sense of purpose. From there, find jobs that have some of the activities. If 70-80% of the job are things you enjoy doing, apply! For creative/hands-on jobs, you may need to differentiate yourself. I would suggest making a website/brag book/example of what you would bring to the table beyond just an application.
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Sudhansu’s Answer

Hi Andrene,

Glad that see these questions coming from such young minds!

I would say someone can have most flexible and rewarding career by picking up entrepreneurship. However it requires lots of work to build a foundation to become successful entrepreneur. Keeping this as a north star goal and acquiring required skill for that, something you can consider.

There are other options like freelancing or independent consulting which gives lots of flexibility. However I would have same recommendation to focus on acquiring skills when someone starts career and get ready for the north star goal.

Good luck!
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