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Is it better to study a career that pays you more money, or a career that you actually enjoy?

The reason for this question is because this is the question I hear the most, because many people tell me that you won't go anywhere if you study what you "enjoy" and or "love" if it doesn't give you a decent amount of money, and I also hear that if you work in a career that gives you a lot of money it will all be worth it at the end because you won't ever need money. And i want to know what most students in college think about this, because i know i'm not the only one that hears this. #career-choice

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Shana’s Answer

Ideally, it would be great if you can do both - find something you really like doing that pays a decent wage. At the end of the day, most people need to work and earn a decent living. But we spend a lot of time at work so it's also important to like what we do. If you can find a sense of accomplishment and joy in your career, it's possible to find both money and a career.


You also have the option of having a career that is enjoyable and pursuing your passion part time, or on weekends. A lot of people do volunteer work after hours because they find it rewarding and enjoyable. Striking the balance is the best advice I can give you.

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Spencer’s Answer

Yuritzi, this is a very good question. There are 3 things to ask yourself when choosing a major. Do I enjoy this subject? Could I make money with this subject? Am I good at this subject? Please Google: The Career Venn Diagram. It will explain the difference between a hobby, a dream, and a career. Please don't underestimate enjoying what you do. It is very important, but if you can't make any money and you aren't good at what you want to do, I would be hesitant to tell you that you should pursue it.
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Ashley’s Answer

Follow your passion! You will be so much happier. I love what I do and I enjoy going to work. It makes such a difference doing what you love. Here is a great video of Simon Sinek on this very topic. Skip the ad and fasts forward to 50 seconds into the video. Good luck! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNiKmZ__yZY

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Meredith’s Answer

In my experience, you need to enjoy what you do. A big amount of time is spent at work and if you don't enjoy it, time will drag and you will be miserable, day in and day out. That being said, what you study may not result in a job directly related to that subject, unless it is a very specific career eg: vet, dentist. Also remember, that people no longer hold one job for their entire working life. Entry level jobs straight out of college are usually a skill building stepping stone to the next job, and the next job, until you find your niche.

Meredith recommends the following next steps:

A good starting point would be take a Meyers Briggs free career test, available at http://www.humanmetrics.com/personality/career-choices This will get you thinking about what careers will match your personality which will inform you of the things you hold important. You can explore career options and the qualifications needed to become one. Take the process one step at a time and good luck!
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