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What careers can you get with a degree in digital media and cinema?

I'm debating between majoring in business or digital media and cinema, and I want to see the different career options I could consider.

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Mariana’s Answer

Hi Isabelle and audience! This is a great question, from your current location, I feel like you could do business or digital media and cinema since both fields have tons of opportunities in the San Francisco area. I would think first about what you are passionate about. I had similar thoughts when entering to college and I was unsure on what to major in. I wouldn't base my decision based off of what makes the most money but more about what can be more fulfilling to you as a person. Think about your future in a way of "I like my job and I'm economically sufficient vs. I'm miserable at work but I have lots of money". To your question, I feel like you can do many various things with digital media... you could even cross paths between digital media and business, such as marketing or advertising. These fields need a lot of design and creative work done and if you decide to pursue a digital media and cinema degree, many companies and agencies will seek to see your creative work and portfolio. You have all the power to you since both fields you are looking at are so broad and you could do many things with both, it's up to you how you utilize your time once you get to college. Another advice I have for you is to experiment and get out of your comfort zone as much as you can. Go out and meet more people in the fields that you might be interested in and network with them! You could maybe join a cinema student organization and learn more about the professional opportunities they might offer :) Regardless of what you decide to do, keep curious, ask questions and enjoy your college experience! Good luck.
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Tania’s Answer

Hi Isabelle, I'd recommend searching for which job opportunities that would make you feel more fulfilled, and if you'd want film to be treated more as a job or a hobby as the way they're treated are very different, with business you could learn how to sell your own services, but both careers also involve being hired by someone else. It really comes out to what you'd prefer, if it helps I personally went with business and am an artist, learning business helped me sell commissions, my own merchandise and now work in a sales team.
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scott’s Answer

Majoring in business with a focus on digital media would likely provide you with a wonderful amount of opportunity to explore different positions. It'd give you a ton of flexibility since Digital media is something that affects every single industry. It combines knowledge in data analysis, creative thinking, strategic organization and my favorite part, lots of brainstorming to come up with the coolest ideas.

With that skill set, you'll be able to "choose your own adventure" should a job not work out and you don't find it fulfulling or meeting your needs. It's extremely normal to job hop until you find something that meets your needs both intellectually and financially.

Another good way to see if you think its an area of interest is doing a part time job or internship in that field to see if you like the vibe, hours, work/life balance
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