Mackayla M.

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As someone that is undecided about what to study in college, what tips are there for finding an interest that balances personal happiness and economic confort?

This question is incredibly important to me because it addresses my largest concern, not just in terms of post-secondary education, but for life in general. As a naturally indecisive person, I perform well academically in all classes, but no colleges or majors have stricken me as "the one." What can I to improve my situation and lead a healthy balanced life?

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Hi Mackayla, Since you asked specifically about economic comfort you can do some research on the website www.glassdoor.com to get a sense of what jobs have what salaries. It is definitely important to have a balanced life. If you work at a job you love but doesn't pay enough then financial troubles will cause stress in your life. Vice versa if you work at a job that you don't enjoy at all but pays very well then you wouldn't have the healthy work-life balance you want. First recommendation would be to create a list of careers/fields of studies that are interesting to you. It doesn't have to be "the one" at first. Then use the glassdoor.com to see what salaries those careers earn and if that influences your decisions at all. Other factors will affect a specific job salary, but you can get a sense of the average. Then ask yourself that if you really had to choose, which one is more important? Job satisfaction or financial comfort? You can have both but you should have a plan to be able to make tough decisions on hard scenarios. For example the link below is for Scientists in Kingsport, TN https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/kingsport-scientist-salary-SRCH_IL.0,9_IM449_KO10,19.htm Since you're doing well in all your classes you have options. The hardest part may be narrowing down your path but it's also an important one. Best of luck!
Last updated Sep 26 '17 at 10:41

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Hi Mackayla, I agree with Paris and Brigitte, volunteering is a great way to find your "niche". Also, try job shadowing! Also, find things that you like to do that will balance work. No matter what career/post secondary option you choose, you will need to find a hobby that interest you to help balance your life.
Last updated Sep 23 '17 at 21:37

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Hi Mackayla, I agree with Brigitte about trying to volunteer and look into various clubs on campus. There are often ways of turning hobbies into careers. For example, someone who loves to draw could pursue a career in architecture or graphic design. Additionally, a person who loves animals could make a career out of working in animal shelters, veterinary clinics, etc. What are some of your hobbies? My main advice to you is to think of stuff you like to do in your leisure time, and figure out if you can make a career out of aspects of those hobbies.
Last updated Sep 21 '17 at 15:37

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