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How should I find a career for me?

I'm a recent college graduate with a Math degree and certificates in Art History and German. I have a lot of interests, but I'm mainly focused on the arts. I'd like to do something to help the environment through music, writing, art, religion, etc.

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Marshall’s Answer

Matt-

I would suggest you do a few career assessments online. These will take your personality, skill sets and passions and tell you careers and jobs that you will enjoy/ be successful at.

Depending on your financial situation, there are also people that do this for a living called career counselors ( they will help you digest the info from the tests you take) if you want help with the process.

With the math degree there are possible opportunities in industrial processes which might require use of your language skills and can be creative (making new products).
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Stacey’s Answer

Hi there!

It's a tough one to figure out for sure! One thing that helped me was to pick something I thought would be right for me, and tried it out. Get to know the industry and what the job entails through volunteering or other low investment / low risk involvement. Then you can determine if its right for you. Everything else is just conjecture until you try something.

Another framework that helped me was this model, by Michael Hyatt:

Passion
This is where it begins. What do you care about? What moves you? What problems do you want to solve or issues you want to address? If your heart is not in your work, you have a job but not a calling.

Proficiency
Passion alone is not enough. You have to be good at what you do. Being good enough will not give you the satisfaction you desire. You have to excel at your craft and be awesome. Mastery is the goal.

Profit
To enjoy a successful career, people must be willing to pay you for what you do. You don’t have to get rich, but there must be a market for your product or service. Otherwise, your career is not sustainable.

These all have to join together to form a sweet spot where you can have a sustainable career that you are good at, but also can make you enough money to live:
https://i0.wp.com/www.shoaibqureshi.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/profit-passion-proficiency-model.png?resize=1024%2C723

The Japanese have a concept for this called Ikagi that is a similar concept, but a little more detailed:
https://media.licdn.com/dms/image/C5622AQG-x-3pQlOk-A/feedshare-shrink_2048_1536/0/1651071901272?e=1691625600&v=beta&t=EmI0A77QLCIYR0ldg2lcIuzgM-WxDjrACxkV7vdTqSU

These visualizations helped me realize I wanted to transition out of graphic design and into product design years ago, and now I love my career! :)
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LaRinda’s Answer

Hello Matt,

It's fantastic to hear of your eagerness to utilize your gifts for the benefit of our environment! There's a plethora of avenues to explore within the arts that can contribute to this noble cause. Here are some suggestions:

Music: Consider penning songs or crafting poems centered around environmental themes, or even performing at events dedicated to the environment. Music can be a powerful tool to spread awareness about environmental concerns.

Writing: From articles and blog posts to books, writing about environmental issues can have a significant impact. You could also venture into scripting plays or movies that highlight the importance of environmental preservation.

Art: Creating visual art like paintings, sculptures, or other art forms can be an expressive way to show your commitment to the environment. Art can also serve as a medium to raise consciousness about environmental matters.

Religion: Your religious convictions can be a driving force in advocating for environmental care. Writing religious texts or creating religious art that underscores your environmental concerns can be another approach.

Regardless of the path you choose, your talents can positively influence the world. Here are some more tips on utilizing the arts to aid the environment:

Identify your passion. What stirs your heart? What type of art do you produce? Once you recognize your passion, you can concentrate on using your art to foster environmental consciousness.

Unleash your creativity. The arts offer boundless possibilities. Be inventive and think of fresh, groundbreaking ways to use your art to benefit the environment.

Engage with your community. Numerous environmental organizations would greatly appreciate your assistance. Get involved locally and collaborate with others to effect change.

I trust these suggestions will inspire you as you embark on your mission to use the arts to aid the environment. With your talent and zeal, you have the potential to create a meaningful impact on the world.

Best regards,
LaRinda, Chicago
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Megan’s Answer

Hi Matt!

I would look into doing some internships to see if you can find the right career fit. Most internships let you intern for up to a year after graduation. I would look into the Disney Professional Internships they have an internship in almost everything you are interested in. Make sure to talk to your college's career services office. They can help you make a resume as well as tell you about some good internships or jobs.

Hope this helps!
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Caitlyn’s Answer

It sounds like working for a museum would be right up your alley. Just a thought.

Caitlyn recommends the following next steps:

Create a list of 3 -5 places you'd love to work.
Go to their websites and look at the Careers pages and peruse the job descriptions and their requirements.
Take notes on the things that interest you.
Reach out to the department heads and set up 20 minute meetings to ask them all your questions.
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Jared’s Answer

That’s a good start for where you are now with the interests you have.

Clearly, support from others will boost your ideas into reality. With that being said, people tend to help people when they see you putting effort into something valuable.

So the first step is to start and make it public. Social Media is a great tool of marketing in todays society.

I would say start a campaign in the neighborhood, at different schools and other programs in the city. Start a Focus Group with your friends, family and etc to get the ideas down and then plan it out.

Have fun!
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