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What other options is there if my Plan A doesnt work?

I am currently a freshman studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts, minoring in Illustration and Religious Studies. Since high school, I wanted to be a tattoo artist. Now I’m not sure if that’s what I want to do. art college fine-art artist tattoo

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Nathan’s Answer

Very few people know what they are going to end up doing. For myself in high school I ran for a volunteer fire and rescue company. After doing this I knew that I wanted to be in the medical field and I started going to school to be a doctor. Then life happened I dropped out of school and started working full time. I had many different jobs of things I never thought that I would ever do but I gained so much knowledge in each of those fields. Now this may sound like very bad advice but for me this actually ended up being a very good advantage in my current career path. I work with business customers and work for solutions to help them be more productive and more efficient in the time they spend trying to keep in touch with employees and customers. Due to the fact of my past work history and the different types of Job i have had this experience has given me a greater understanding of how many of the needs of my clients because I have been in that field.

With all that being said the best advice i can give you is follow your gut. Do something that makes you happy and enjoy what you are doing. If you follow the money and are not happy with what you do then you will burn out fast, Find what you like and makes you happy and master that craft and the money will follow.

I hope this helps and gives you something to think on .
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John’s Answer

High school is a great time to start thinking about careers Yazmin. Settling on just one occupation in high school isn’t necessary. But looking into the types of careers you might like can help set you up for success. In my opinion high school students don’t have to know the exact career they want—but they should know how to explore careers investigate them and learn about the skills that are needed. In fact, Yazmin your likely to change your mind multiple times, perhaps even after college, remeber some of tomorrow’s careers might not even exist today.

LEAR ABOUT YOURSELF FIRST
Understanding what you enjoy—and what you are realy good at—is the first step in exploring careers. If you don’t know what you want to do, the question is, What would you like to learn about. If you really like ART, what do you enjoy about it—the Artwork, Designing or the Business. It’s important to think about what you like to do, because work will eventually be a big part of your life. The whole purpose of thinking about careers is so that when you go to the workforce, you wake up in the morning and you look forward to your work.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Once you’ve thought about the subjects and activities you like best, the next step is to look for careers that put those interests to use. Talking directly to workers can help you get information about what they do. If you don’t know workers in occupations that interest you, ask people such as parents, friends, or teachers for their contacts. Some schools have business liaisons or coordinators who help put students in touch with employers—and school counselors can assist, too. These networking efforts might pay off later, even if opportunities aren’t available now. After you’ve found workers who are willing to help, talk to them on the phone, by email, or through online forums. Meet with them in person for informational interviews to learn more about what they do. Or ask if you can shadow them on the job to see what their daily work is like.

EXPERIENCE IS INDISPENSABLE
If job shadowing gives you a taste of what an occupation is like, imagine how helpful getting experience could be. Students can begin getting career-related experiences in high school through internships, employment, and other activities. Taking part in different experiences is another step toward helping you to figure out what you like—and what you don’t. Talk to your school counselors Yazmin, Completing an internship is an excellent way to get experience. Internships are temporary, supervised assignments designed to give you practical on the job training. Sometimes, internships or other experiential learning positions are built into your schools educational programs, and could receive academic credit for completing them.

Hope this helpful Yazmin
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Edwin’s Answer

Hello Yazmin,

Congrats on freshman year!!

I completely understand and feel the same way when I started college. I would say that you should take a career guidance class to understand your academic goals and even career goals.

Also, I would say there is no single path you need to take. I started as a Business Administration major and changed to Communication, which was the best decision that I ever made!

I would suggest making new friends and joining a handful of clubs that are interesting to you. This is all a new process and I understand that it can also be hard.

Hope this helps, wishing you the best!!

Warmly,
Edwin
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Sabina’s Answer

Have you had a chance to intern or shadow a tattoo artist to see if it still interests you? If no, I suggest interning, job shadowing, or interviewing people who work in fields of interest while you're in college. Most people are open to speaking with students. If you decide that being a tattoo artist is no longer what you want to do, try exploring other careers. Even if you graduate and get a job and realize that it isn't the right role for you, do not be discouraged. A lot of people switch roles throughout their careers and new types of jobs are created too which may catch your interest. You can also have a side hustle in addition to your main job which allows you to moonlight in another area of interest and see if it is enjoyable and lucrative enough to become your main job. I majored in accounting in undergrad but later in my career learned about corporate sustainability. I networked with professionals in that field and looked for job opportunities which allowed me to use my skills in a corporate sustainability role. It took me a few years to land a role in corporate sustainability, but the move has been rewarding for me. However, my interests might change in a few years and that's okay too.
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Aileen’s Answer

If Plan A doesn't work, you can do other things like apprenticeship, job shadowing, or internship in fields that interest you. If you can find an interesting career that you want to pursue, you can also ask persons (ask them to be your mentor) in those fields for some advice on how they got there and any learnings they've acquired along the way. But keep in mind that plans usually changes so don't be afraid to pursue ones that you'll find more interesting and keeps you happy while you're still young.
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Clarissa’s Answer

I would always have a plan B. You should align your passion, skills and the ability to support yourself (making money). Many times young adults are motivated by ONLY by their passions, but you must ensure that you do your research to ensure that what major/profession you choose will support you.

Do research at salary . com Use the search filters i.e. profession name, location, etc.
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Justin’s Answer

Hi there,

Sounds like you have two interests at the moment. While you are studying your major and learning that field and the different job opportunities, during you down time it will be very important to work on you passion and what you feel may be your purpose outside of school. This way you increase your chance of quickly knowing what it is you want to do long term. Putting your time into one plan or one thing that you are not sure you are passionate about is not a good investment of time. Keep busy and stay working on what you think they may be your purpose.
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