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#Career Help

I'm not sure what I want to do as far as a career. I love taking pictures drawing and writing stories, I'm great at organizing I like working with other people as a team, I love animals, helping other people I'm very creative I like clerical office work I think history is interesting, I'm a hands on learner I work best when I have a detailed and broken down list of tasks I also work best when someone shows me what type of work I have to do. I like areas where the scene is quiet which helps me to focus. I'm looking for something simple where the work load is not that much, but also something that's fun and exciting. #career #help #undecided #creative

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Elena’s Answer

You have many areas of interest, so what I would suggest is that you narrow down your focus to things that could make you enough money to support yourself. With that said, sometimes your hobbies won't make you the money you will need to support yourself. Some of the best artists are not successful because while they are tremendously talented, they don't have the business skills to run their business and sell their products. I think your talent could be in your writing skills and your teaming skills. Look for a position on an administrative team where you can use your writing skills, and maybe use your artistic skills to help drive marketing efforts at a sales organization or a product or manufacturing company.

Look into careers around administrative assistants or entry levels in marketing teams. This will allow you to understand business, while supporting a team or organization administratively. Once you are there for some time, you can look for other areas that use your talents and keep you motivated and interested. When you find the right role, you will know it. Sometimes it takes years of expanding outside of your comfort level to get there, but it is so worth the hard work. Don't look for the easy role. You will be bored in a very short time.
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John’s Answer

Hi, Helen: you sound like a person with many interests and a person curious about all your possibilities. Ultimately, you'll want to find a career that also matches your hoped-for life style. In other words, if you say you want something simple with a reasonable workload, that would require a job that is less demanding and competitive.

Maybe you're thinking about a job that would allow you to pursue ALL your interests, in art, writing, and animals. A career in any one of these three would require a lot of work, dedication, and passion in what are competitive fields. Combining all three would be even more of a challenge. However, if, as you say, you also like clerical office work, you could find a less demanding job in that field and have time to pursue your interests in art, writing, and animals.

It all boils down to you doing a careful assessment of your own personality. Are you a person who goes home after school and gets right down to doing homework, or do you take some time off to do other things before getting down to "work?" Is there an activity that you do every day without fail, something you'd say you were passionate about or are your interests spread out and you're fine with doing some things one day and others another day? There are no right or wrong answers to these questions . . . you just have to figure out, as honestly as possible, how your interests affect the way you live your life from day to day. Do you have friends or acquaintances whose answers to these questions you'd easily guess? Are they like you or different? Do you admire them or find them annoying? Your school counselor should have some fun personality tests you can take that will help you define your personality traits.

It's not an easy process trying to narrow down career options. It will take time and a lot of research on your part. The more research you do, the more confident you will feel about your choice of career. So, I'd encourage you to have fun with the process, explore all possibilities, and be true to yourself. And, don't worry too much about making the wrong choice. Most people have a number of different careers throughout their lifetime. I was a 3rd grade teacher, a book editor, a college counselor, a writer, and a university administrator in my life so far. Now I'm retired and still looking for things to pursue. Have fun!
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Paris’s Answer

My advice to you is to try to focus on one interest that you could make into a career. For example, you could take your interest in history and become a worker in a museum, while pursuing your other interests as hobbies.
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Sara’s Answer

You might want to consider a career in graphic design. I work for a utility company and our public affairs unit has recently hired graphic artists to create promotional materials like storm drain markers (re: my profile pic) and instructional pamphlets on how to check your water service line for lead. One of graphic artists used to work for a zoo and another for a hospital system. I'm amazed at all the different kinds of work they do.
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Casey’s Answer

Maybe consider copywriting as a career and try to find a position within the pet industry?

Working as a blogger for like PetSmart would be perfect for you. The best way to get ahead in that field would be to start blogging, NOW. Create a webpage and just write and produce content, constantly. Pollinate it on different social websites like Reddit, Twitter and Facebook. The best part about this type of path will be the experiences, which you'll basically be forced to encounter. If you always have to write stories, then you'll always going to be going on adventures.

But more to the point, anyone who's hiring for a content creator or copywriter will want to see samples. And you'll want to show them a long list of blogs that you've written, and the data behind those blogs (how many pageviews did it receive, how did the audience grow over x amount of months, what was your retention and openings, etc).
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