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How do I know what's right for me?

I like creative work but I also like helping out I don't know a career that shows both of these

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Myra’s Answer

Dive into learning about various opportunities and connect with experts in the same field. You'll discover that acquiring a wide range of skills can boost your path forward. Embracing a mindset of growth is key to propelling your career forward, no matter what profession you ultimately choose.
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Elizabeth’s Answer

I've been in UX design my entire career. As much as I love it, "helping out" is my other passion. I do this a number of ways:
-Mentoring students through professional organizations or via LinkedIn
-Mentoring other designers
-Judging scholarship applications
-Coaching designers in design competitions
-Volunteering in my community (not design related)

Remember that your job is only one part of your life. It doesn't need to be everything. Many times, it's impossible for work to be everything you ever wanted in life. As much as I love my job, I enjoy taking a break from it to help others out.
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Atul’s Answer

Considering your aspirations, I recommend pursuing a dual major in Education and Arts. This path will empower you to become a teacher and realize your dream of making a significant impact on the world.

While the teaching profession may not be a top choice for many due to perceived lower pay, it offers unique benefits. You'll enjoy summers off to recharge or pursue other interests. Plus, teachers often receive a generous pension, the amount of which can vary by state. This career path is not just about income, but also about the rewarding experience of shaping young minds and contributing positively to society.
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Karin’s Answer

Hi Sky,

For "helping" and art I would recommend art therapy or occupational therapy.

You find some Masters programs here:
https://www.masterstudies.com/masters-degree/art-therapy/usa

Of course not all of your interests have to fit into one degree. You can train for a career that you are talented and interested in and keep the other thing as a hobby.

Good luck!

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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for sharing. Many students have similar questions. I am glad to hear that you would like to do something creative and help people at the same. Creativity is applicable in many different careers.
Below are my suggestions :
1. Do you have any interest in entertainment business, advertisement, marketing, media, writing, etc.? You can find out more on the careers that needs creativity. On the other hand, if you like to help people, you can consider to be a doctor, nurse, other careers in medical field, social worker, etc.
2. Find out more on these careers and determine what you have interest
3. Speak to someone who are working in these careers. Seek guidance from your mentor, school career counsellor, your parents, etc.
4. Shortlist 1-2 career you would like to pursue
5. Explore the entry criteria of relevant subjects in the college
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Rudy’s Answer

Arrange a meeting with your school's guidance counselor and request to undertake any available career evaluation tests. These assessments can provide valuable insights, helping you to pinpoint specific areas of study and even uncover potential career paths that you might not have considered before. Your counselor is there to assist you in understanding your test results and steer you towards suitable schools and programs that align with your desired career path.

Bear in mind, it's perfectly normal for many students to switch majors and curriculums during their academic journey. Therefore, having a well-informed selection of options early on, as suggested by your counselor, can empower you to feel more confident and assured about your chosen field(s) of study.
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