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After 4 years, I've finally had it with my dual Philosophy/Psychology studies and decided to quit them. I've passed all the Philosophy classes I liked or was good at with ease on the first go, but have failed near half a dozen times on a handful of subjects, which yet remain. Psychology is more of a side-studies which was going to be my main one later on, but due to it requiring high mastery of statistics -- a subject that's been harder for me than French and Latin for Christ's sake -- I can't make the switch to a full Psychology study either.

At the end of highschool, people often get the option of doing tests to decide what studies fit them, or what jobs fit them. I was never formally offered the option, nor decided to do one online on my own, because I was much less independant back then and had far less self-knowledge and self-confidence. I'm currently taking some of these tests, but honestly, I'm not sure how much they'll help. In the past few months I've consistently grown more cynical and pessimestic, whereas for years I've been the one person to always turn situations positive or cheer people up, and that thought alone adds further weight to my pessimism.

Frankly, I'd like to break out of that and start a new study, something that fits me better, preferably something also that could earn me plenty of money in the end, but that's much less of a concern, really. As such, I'd like to ask y'all: what did you do to pick your study?


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I've been fascinated by those computer things ever since I got to handle one back in Elementary school, and that interest didn't let go in the following years. I was always trying to get more out of the machine, make it do what it wasn't explicitely programmed to. From that point of view, studying in Computer Science felt like the natural choice to make. I've stuck with it, earned two degrees, and am now working in the field.

I did some of the orientation tests you mentioned. They didn't really do anything to me but confirmed what I already knew: that I wanted to work in an area requiring some level of expertise, something more cerebral than physical and that was definitely science-oriented, not artistic.

You mention studying both French and Latin, and having a dislike for statistics. Did you ever consider taking something in the languages area, either as a translator or something else related? There's always some demand for those positions.


P.S.: Don't worry about hating the statistics classes, I hated all those I had over the years despite liking the subject itself.


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Originally posted by Dr. Cossack
You mention studying both French and Latin, and having a dislike for statistics. Did you ever consider taking something in the languages area, either as a translator or something else related? There's always some demand for those positions.


The reference to French and Latin was mainly because those were hard subjects by themselves that I hated, but statistics even more. The only languages in highschool I didn't loathe were Dutch, English and German.

I took some of those interest tests now, and curiously enough the first Psychology-related study was in place number... 307. 307.

The top 25 studies that fit me best according to that test (which came highly recommended), had about 4 electro technology studies, which I was interested in in highschool and one of the physics subjects that I did pretty decent in, though it's been too long now to recall much of it.

Numbers 1, 2, 3, 9 and 10 in the results? All had to do something with Game Design. It just figures really. While I love being artistic, I haven't done much of it in a long time mainly because of growing up with a stigma against it in the family (same for music, while I actually really want to learn it). One of the five studies apparently focuses on "animation and storywriting", the latter being incredibly fitting for me. A friend of mine told me he's going to study that this year. I dunno yet though. While I don't wish to primarily choose a study for the job opportunities, I have doubts with regards to gaming studies.


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I'm majoring in Human Services, focused on being a client centered therapist specializing in trauma. I went through the list of available courses, Human Services looked like it would pay pretty well and give me the skills to cover a diverse range of jobs in the field. In addition to that, I figured it would be the best study to pursue to better myself. Mostly the potential 120,000 USD per year income in private practice, though.


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I actually had no idea what I wanted to do and kind of just picked my major on freshmen orientation day of college. I have always been interested in Asian cultures and languages so I just decided to pick Asian Studies because I honestly did not know what else to do and I am so happy I did. I did not care or consider what my future income or job availability would be, I just picked a major purely on interest. I am currently on my third year of Japanese and I have taken one year of Mandarin Chinese (Chinese and Korean are going to have to come after I graduate, I learned last semester that I cannot handle more than one language at a time).
I decided to pick Peace and Conflicts studies as my minor because I have always been interested in international relations between the United States and Asia (and also among just the Asian countries). I was fortunate enough to travel to Hiroshima this past summer and attend the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony.
I plan on graduating this summer and taking an internship in Japan with my boyfriend, in which we will both be English Teacher Assistants (the income is 40,000$ a year just for an internship).
One perspective job opportunity that we are hoping for in the future is working for Nintendo, me as a translator and him as a story writer (he is a Creative Writing major).
I mean we both just picked things that interested us. You said you had a big interest in music and art and you did not get to explore it much growing up–why not attend a few classes and see if one is right for you? I have never taken one of those orientation tests, I just went with a subject that I liked and even if you do not think careers can come from it, they do, it is just sometimes hard to see at first.



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Game testers and programmers always say they hate their jobs because of so much drudgery. At least in the documentaries and such. Sounds like the artistic bent is a good idea, especially if the only or main reason you didn't do so before is because of a "stigma". Doing the storyline can be way easier on your mind then blocks of programming code. Or whatever creative endeavors you get into, you said this is where your interest lies, and yes, I think in video games these would be paid equally as the others (I don't know this but am just basing it on common sense, so of course go look it up first if it matters to you). Or the creativity elsewhere, in fact a similar degree could be used for playwriting, screenwriting, etc., whatever it is you wanted to do. For music, you wouldn't think there is anything else available except "celebrity" or "symphony orchestra," but it can also be used in teaching, or in musical plays, soundtracks or maybe even sound effects?

However, whatever results you do not think fit, I wouldn't put too much faith into those tests. They look at your interests without considering your skills, or don't take into account if you're not creative. Those tests are very common and I am surprised you were never given one, but I was given like 10 and then occasionally took on my own just for curiosity, and they are always ALWAYS very wrong as far as what would actually work for a career. And sometimes come up with stuff I hate as well. They're just not detailed or common-life-related enough. The fact that you are good with details does NOT mean you should be an accountant, or a lawyer! A lawyer is an impossible job to do correctly and well and an accountant... well nobody wants to be that!

In addition, I have been told that WHAT degree you have often doesn't matter (except for the obvious like aerospace engineer, of course), but that having ANY degree will actually make you more currency or look better on the resumé. At least in America. or at least that is what I am told by a few people when I object to my sister majoring in musical theater with no alternative courses, and rejecting a scholarship from Yale in order to go to a crappy university semi-near the house.