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    10-25-2010, 05:19 PM
Need advice regarding choosing a major and what career options I have.

I'm in my first year of college at a smaller 4 year school, so none of this really needs to be dealt with now, but I'd like some input and advice.

I am very right brained, always been artsy and imaginative. Logic and intense structure aren't really my thing. I'm terrible at things like philosophy, science, and math. I have a genuine interest in Psychology and Anthropology. Art is an interest as well, but I've never really considered it because I don't see it as something that would make me any money, and I want to be able to afford some land and horses in the future.

I don't see myself having the discipline to get a doctorate. So I'm wondering what my options are with these majors, without one. I know teaching is one, but I'm not sure that's for me. It is always a good backup plan though.

Feel free to ask me anything, I'm just so unsure right now of what I want to do, and what I can do.
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    10-26-2010, 07:22 AM
What type of work would you like to do? Do you want to be outdoors a lot or do you like the comfort of heating/air conditioning? Do you want to deal with people all the time, or hide off in an office alone? Do you handle uncertainty well, or do you prefer structure in your routine (both schedule and paycheck)?

I don't know anything about anthropology, but with psychology you're going to have a tough time going anywhere in the field without a Ph.D. Or Psy.D. You'll need one for practicing therapy, doing research, or teaching (unless you're teaching in the K-12 levels, in which case you need a teaching degree).
However, general knowledge of psychology can help you immensely in many careers (and life!), as long as you meet the qualifications for a job through other methods (e.g. A double major, or something that doesn't require a specific degree). I think my psychology classes (I almost minored - one class short) were some of the most useful classes I took during my undergraduate years - for a career in computer science and research.
    10-26-2010, 05:05 PM
Thanks for the reply!

I do believe I've made a decision for next year. I think I'm going to move back to my hometown and attend an art school there. It's called the Art Institute of Tampa, and I'd be going for Graphic Design and/or Photography. Can't double major, so I'd probably do graphic design first, than go back for photography. A lot of their core classes are the same, and I have an interest in both, though I think Graphic Design is more useful.

Here's the school. :)
Design Schools, Fashion, Media Arts, and Culinary - The Art Institute of Tampa in Florida - The Art Institutes

Unless something changes drastically, this is my new plan.
It's a "me" decision and I think it's what I need.
    10-26-2010, 10:45 PM
Green Broke
That sounds great if that is what you want to do :)

But be careful, there isn't that many career opportunities for photographers, or even graphic artists, anymore. Lots and lots of people seem to be getting into it - therefore making it a very competitive industry. Additionally, jobs aren't usually given because of your education, but because of a portfolio, which means that a degree isn't as much as an advantage as in other industries.

If I were you I would consider doing something else such as english, history, psych, marketing etc. and doing photography on the side, or do short courses in holidays.
    10-26-2010, 10:51 PM
Thanks for the advice Saskia. :)

The school that I'm looking at helps you develop a portfolio. It also has very high statistics for their graduates being hired right after they graduate, or even before they do. They also offer an internship program in your area of study. And it is what I want to do. It's also what I'm good at. Art comes easily for me.

I will take into consideration what you said, of course.

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