Wow, a lot of math/science kids...
At 6/18/11 03:15 PM, Seasons wrote:
For those of you that are/have enrolled in a college or university (yes, community college counts!), what was your major and why did you pick it? Did you have a different major before? (i.e. was it a major switch?)
I'm going to be a junior in college, and I'm a Film & Media Studies major.
For how long had you known your current major would be what you're going to be doing?
Not all that long, actually. I only declared my major at the end of last fall semester (the latest possible time).
What are your career goals?
Shit, I hate when people ask me this. I honestly don't know. I guess ideally, I'd be working in some creative capacity in film and/or television (right now I'm leaning towards TV, but it varies), i.e. writing and/or directing. More realistically, I might end up working in production. I dunno, I'm fortunate enough to be in a comfortable enough financial situation that my options are flexible.
Do you feel "on the right track"?
I have the occasional panic attack about it, sure, but overall, right now I can't really think of anything else I'd be happier doing, and when it comes down to it, that's all that matters.
With the US economy in such a slow state of recovery, people are often left questioning the helpfulness of higher learning - is it worth the time? the money? Is it really going to help you in the job market?
Yes, yes, and probably not in my case but I really don't give a shit. Making all of your decisions in college based solely on what you think will help you most in the job market is a terrible, terrible idea that ultimately will only waste both your time and your money. If you're open-minded, though, it'll definitely be worth it. So many of my friends went into school trying to chase a job (usually on a pre-med track), realized there was something else they were far more interested in, switched their focus, and have been much happier about their present and future ever since.
That said, as a society I feel like we're massively overemphasizing the importance of college. Just because college is worth it for a lot of people doesn't necessarily mean that it's for everyone. We have a big problem in our country today in that there's a huge stigma attached to not going to college, and in turn we're developing a major shortage of skilled manual laborers. It's completely ridiculous; work in a skilled trade is a perfectly viable, respectable, and profitable career, a lot of people might find themselves much happier doing that than working at some corporate desk job, and unlike those desk jobs, it actually provides a valuable, tangible service to the world.
Clearly, things are not as clean cut as they were twenty years ago.
They weren't clean cut twenty years ago, either. No path you take in college will guarantee you anything, and there is no objective formula for success. Hell, there is no objective definition for success. This is why I'm always skeptical about the articles and studies that pop up every once in a while claiming to know which majors lead to more "success" than others. Everyone wants different things from life.
So really, I've never concerned myself much with tracks or the job market or any of that bullshit, and I don't think anyone else should, either. Just find something you love and figure out a way to do it for a living. It's simple (if not always easy).