There’s no denying that the feeling of being accepted into college is a feeling of elation. All that hard work has finally paid off, and although the hard work isn’t over, you can at least rest easy in the knowledge that you know where you’re going to be and what you’re going to be doing for the next several years.
College isn’t just college. It’s a kind of stability. And for young people, moving out to go to college is a big step.
But before that weird moment comes along where you are standing with an open suitcase in your bedroom and you realize you have very few possessions that you want to take with you (seriously, the list is some clothes, a phone, and a lamp – perhaps just the carry-on luggage will suffice!), you need to choose what to study.
Hmm. Let’s think about this.
Something specialist (and perhaps medical?)
Specialist roles typically get paid more. They also require much more study. For example, ever thought of undertaking an online speech language pathologist degree?
You’ll be communicating with patients to determine the best treatments in helping them to speak, move their heads, and swallow. It’s a role that means you get to work face to face with people, unlike some other specialist roles that can mean long office hours.
If you think you are suited to helping people in a medical context, and you enjoy the idea of taking on a specialized role, becoming a speech language pathologist could be a rewarding career for you.
Something in the arts
If you have an interest in the arts, you may have more than just a hobby on your hands. Far too many people decide to shelf their ambitions because they think there is no money to be made in the arts, instead choosing a basic career and only being arty on the weekends.
But what a waste! If you truly enjoy the creative side of life, don’t crowbar yourself into a nine to five that is going to see you wearing a power suit and making decisions over things you couldn’t care less about. Stick to your principles and see how far you can go.
For example, why not study something like studio engineering. That way, you can ‘docs.new’ your life and learn the ropes of what it takes to put on a show (including stage production, lighting, and sound), all while honing your craft in your chosen arts career.
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Something involving nature
Mother nature has been around since Gaia gave birth to the sky (according to the ancient Greeks, at least). All told, the planet we call home has been plowing a path around the sun for about four and a half billion years. And you can now make money from it.
How? You could look into roles involving conservation, including both animals and plant life on land and at sea. Or why not look into studying tree surgery. People need the occasional tree to be removed from their property – and you could be the person to make financial gain from such a removal service.
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