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I just finished my first year of community college and I have absolutely no idea what I want to do. Every career I can think of seems boring and depressing. I would love to do something creative but those fields are oversaturated. I'm thinking of going into teaching High School but everyone around me is telling me not to.

And if you already have a career, what is it and do you enjoy it? I'd love to hear about what everyone is planning to major in or if you have already graduated, what career are you in currently. Thanks in advance, I need some advice tbh
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I recommend stem degrees (especially engineering)
they are in high demand, have good pay and can be very rewarding (especially when u learn the math)
you could end up developing the latest games to the most advance phones to designing buildings or vehicles
the possibilities are endless
i plan to start an engineering degree at uni in September (maybe next year)
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Philosophy. It's completely useless, but fun and you'll learn a lot about humanity troughout the ages.

That being said, I have a doctorate in philosophy and I work as server admin.
So yeah. It's the next best thing after history.
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I have no idea what to major in, I've done two semesters of community college..
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I have no idea what to major in, I've done two semesters of community college..

Wait how does college in the USA work?
Im from the UK and here we have to decide what we are doing before we can even enter the university and we stick to the course we pick (unless we choose to change).
Do you choose what to major in after you enter college in america?
im just a bit confused
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I have no idea what to major in, I've done two semesters of community college..

Wait how does college in the USA work?
Im from the UK and here we have to decide what we are doing before we can even enter the university and we stick to the course we pick (unless we choose to change).
Do you choose what to major in after you enter college in america?
im just a bit confused


You don't have to choose a major until... what, the second or third year? You're basically going to try a bunch of things and see what clicks with you. Not the best use of your time, but it gives them time to direct you to some useless curriculum that they need to meet quota on. Students are basically there to pay for the administration's lunches. Later on, when they find out that you're not going to go away, they get around to really teaching you anything.

A problem that developed is that many universities have to have, for the first year or so, their incoming students completely re-educated because they lack the basic skills in math, language, and so on to even meet the lowest criteria for the actual 'college level' courses.
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I'd just pick something that interests you the most. My first major was Computer Science. I made it past my second year when I realized it wasn't for me. Sure some people say that it's a great major and the chances of employment within the field are pretty high, but I didn't want to be miserable. So I changed it to Graphic Design and although some say the job market for graphic designers is kinda tough, I've never been happier.
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I have a BA in Mass Communication, and a MS in Communication and Media...and believe it or not I am working on a M.Ed leadership in Higher Ed. I really want to do Academic Advising. I really want to see people find their dreams and fulfill them. I don't know what you should major in, but I would tell you to explore different ideas. I would also tell you not to worry about a market that is "over saturated". I think you should try to do what inspires you while trying your best not to go into debt because of college. I think college should be about finding out who you are and what you have to offer.
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i'm supposed to start and while i want to do psychology or something related to it there's no associates choice for a coarse related to it at the community college i'm considering attending....
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Do what you love to do.

You said you would love to do something creative. Join clubs or find like-minded people to support that. Don't be afraid to explore new ideas.

You said others are encouraging you not to go into teaching. If that is something you love to do, then go do it. Don't let others discourage you.

Most importantly, don't stress out. It's perfectly normal to have no idea what you want to do as a young adult.

I graduated two years ago with a creative writing degree and am still figuring out what to do, so it's a process. I didn't decide on a major until I was a junior.

One of my biggest regrets after graduating was that I didn't get to do everything I wanted to do in college. It goes by quickly so live your college life to the fullest.

I hope this helps. Good luck
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In the immortal words of Magnus Pyke: "SCIENCE"
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University is investment, if you have no idea what you want to major in then don't pour the money into it for the sake of getting degree. You'd be miserable and stressed so save yourself from that depression. It's 3 years and each year is £9,000.

There's a lot of kids who graduate with degrees and they honestly don't know what they still want to do. After you graduate you're not gonna have that one awesome job lined up, you're try multiple things... you might hate it and be constantly shifting careers/paths

It's good to go after your dreams and it's okay to be unsure of what your passion is. Do what you enjoy and something you're good at... become passionate while working through your degree. The ambition to reach your degree is what's gonna savage your university life.

I've been in university for 3 years doing a Physics BSc. It's extremely hard and occasionally I might start to hate it but it's always interesting. This gives me boost of ambition to make it through my degree and I can't really imagine myself doing any other degree.

I think, teachers and actuarial sciences are in high demand in UK (Just saying lol). Also, I'm consider being teacher for highschool/A-levels, you should try volunteering at highschool or something. It's not as easy... 2 months of summers sounds great but I have a lot experience with kids of all sorts of ages. It's a lot work to control kids, make sure everyone is understanding the material and etc. Your free time is gonna be marking lol.

Make your priority to find your passion. Good luck.
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I would suggest volunteering, interning, part-time or full-time working at a place that you think you would enjoy to try out that field of work to know if you want to career in it. What sort of creativeness? Art, writing, crafts, inventions..?
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I recommend stem degrees (especially engineering)
they are in high demand, have good pay and can be very rewarding (especially when u learn the math)
you could end up developing the latest games to the most advance phones to designing buildings or vehicles
the possibilities are endless
i plan to start an engineering degree at uni in September (maybe next year)


That's actually the field I was talking about, engineering. My dad is a civil engineer so I'd be able to get a job fairly easily after I graduate. But I'm not passionate about it.


Cero_of_Clouds wrote:

I would suggest volunteering, interning, part-time or full-time working at a place that you think you would enjoy to try out that field of work to know if you want to career in it. What sort of creativeness? Art, writing, crafts, inventions..?


I'm really into music production, so audio editing and production is what I'm really passionate about, but my college doesn't have any classes for it :/
Posted 6/21/16 , edited 6/21/16
I found that it was more productive to determine what I absolutely hated or was not willing to major in and worked from there, rather than trying to determine what I liked most. That might help you narrow down your options and make it easier to decide. I am currently majoring in English with minors in art and writing (great job security, I know) and I like it quite a bit. I am planning to try to get into a career that involves publishing or editing.

Also, try to picture where you want to live. For example, if you went into teaching but couldn't find a good teaching position in your current town/city then you would have to move to an area that you may or may not like.

Also, don't just pick something like a business major just because it leads to a job. Job security is good and all, but being depressed about your major/career choice isn't.
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