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I think I chose the wrong career

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taylor17387 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As of recently, I've been thinking about this a lot. And the more I think, the more I get convinced that I didn't choose right about my study career. I should have chosen something related to graphic design/illustration, or animation. Those are the things that I like most, but back then, when I had to choose what to study, I was too near-sighted to realise it.
Granted, it's difficult to find jobs related to this, but at least, I would have had the opportunity to find something someday that I was happy with. Also, what I studied in the end, a mixture of cultural studies, it's even worse to find employment, so I get the impression I haven't made a single good decission in these past years. :slamhead:

Now I feel I'm too old to start all over again (I'm 25 already), and I lack the skills and techniques I could have achieved already if I had chosen more wisely.
I don't know what to do, so I'd like to hear from some people here who have faced the same problem. Did you end up studying what you liked despite your age? How did it went, in terms of learning, finding a job, creating work teams, and so on?
Just how late is "too late"?
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MallettePagano1 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's never too late to start on something. I went to college for graphic design, but I should have gone for digital illustration because I like that more. Instead of going back to school, I just worked on my illustration skills myself. I purchased imagine fx magazines,and looked at my anatomy books, plus study photographs and draw from them. Recently, I joined my local art community and have taken life drawing classes at a gallery. Those are less expensive than college classes. So maybe try and learn yourself if you can't afford to go back? Never give up what you like to do :D
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MirroredSky Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did some college but no degree out of high school, worked full time for 5 years before I finally found something I wanted to do. So, at the age of 26 I entered a 2 year program. I'm now 27 and am still not the oldest in my class :3 While most college campuses give the impression that ONLY the fresh-out-of-high-school kids are currently working on getting degrees/higher education, that is far from the truth. If you take any night courses or other less-mainstream types of education paths, you'll see the diversity of age and background. If you really want to make a change, GO for it. But do your research first so you won't regret it later (and be paying for it).

Best of luck!
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ILoveBigCats Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
25 isn't too old, there's a 25 and a 27 year old in my flat at uni starting new degrees
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Fuego12 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
To be honest graphic design is a extreamly hard field to make any money in, or even get a job. I would suggest switching majors.
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Tuttie Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student
I made the same mistake, I chose graphic design and I despise it. I was very young when I started the program, at 16. I'm 20 now, and still have another three semesters to go. The one thing I learned and it's the probably the best news for people who didn't study graphic design but want to - it's very easy to learn. you DON'T need to go to college for that, in fact I think it would me more useless than the degree you have now (no offense). It's not about knowledge or education. It's about practicing your ass off and building a strong portfolio. It's that easy. The knowledge will come as you go along. I haven't learnt anything from what my instructors did, I learned through reading a lot and practicing A LOT. Don't worry, you can do this.

You can go for a masters in business administration so you can get hired in management positions in creative agencies or something related to your studies if you are having real trouble getting hired.
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taylor17387 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's true that college degrees are, in most cases, unnecessary. In fact, everything I learned through my university years I could have learned at home reading history books. However, employers tend to look at degrees a lot. I mean, if you don't have the studies they demand, no matter how good you are, your CV is going to end in the trash bin (at least in my country, they're usually quite inflexible with this).
But in any case, if I ever have an opportunity to formally study what I want, I'd prefer that option over learning by myself at home. Starting from scratch without some guidance of a teacher, or a program, or planned projects, must be very hard and time-consuming (although still better than nothing, of course).
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Tuttie Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student
All I am saying is that you should not waste four years on a degree in something like graphic design, that was my personal experience. There are plenty of centres that will award you certificates for one year programs and so on. There are a ton of resources and communities out there are extremely helpful in the art and design fields.
some of the best graphic designers in my country aren't graduates of arts, but learned out of passion and really immersed themselves in that culture and educated themselves as much as possible, and it shows in their portfolio. The information is out there and readily available, it's up to you to make something out of it and show it off in your portfolio. 50% is your graphic design portfolio, the other 50 is how well you can sell yourself to potential employers.
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hamstertoybox Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I made the same mistake. I studied biology at university but should have done something creative. About a year after graduating, I signed up for a part time art foundation and worked at the same time. After that I enrolled on a part time HND in multimedia design, which I'm now in the final year of. I've just started looking for a job for when I finish.

iI'd recommend seeing what part time courses are going on in your area. The good thing about design and illustration is that you will be judged on your portfolio not where you studied. But go for it! It is less impossible than it first appears to be. In the UK you can get career enhancement loans to help with course fees - There may be something similar i Spain.
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Officialpoypoy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
ey man dont beat yourself up.
im not old enuff yet to understand but i do know that its best to do the things you want to do rather than not doing it at all.

trust yourself and believe in yourself so hard then do the things you want to do and no matter what you can at least say you tried and you lived and trusted urself than sucking up all that negative energy and regret.
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Blue-like-the-Sky Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Pretty much in the same boat here, except I haven't finished my bachelor. Neither am I planing too. I'll be trying to get into design with a focus on illustration next year. I am lucky insofar as university doesn't cost very much where I am from. Still my father is probably going to kill me when I tell him, but at least I'll die happy :P
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Zedasiria-DeRazz Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
never too late to study, it's better at working at something late and loving it than working early only to end up hating it.
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TheNecco Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
:shrug: My bf's uncle didn't finish school until he was 35, and he still hasn't finished one of his degrees. It's never too late to study.
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I had to wait until 24 to even go to college because of financial aid, and then I had to do an extra year for community college. So considering that puts us at the same prospective graduation date, are you telling me my education is a complete waste and I should just never even have bothered at all because I'm too old? I mean, I guess I should just roll over and die now, right?

Next stop, retirement home!
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taylor17387 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No. That's not the same prospective. You're going to start now with your studies. I've just finished mine, and I can't start a new career right now. First I have to save a lot of money and get some stable job that guarantees me that I'll can pay the university, that I'll have enough free time to study and that I won't have to move from one city to another. So when I start, I'll be most probably in my thirties.

What's wrong with you people!? Just because I say that it's a bit too late to start all over again, you assume that I mean it's the end of the world!? I never said that. But starting college when you're 20 is far better and easier than starting when you're 30, no matter how you look at it.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
"Now I feel I'm too old to start all over again (I'm 25 already)"

Shut the fuck up.

You have plenty of time.

Do what you need to do to pay the bills and live in some form of comfort. Work on what you love on the side if it's not a sure fire way to maintain a reliable income.

I do not know you. I do not know your life's story. But based on the fact you think 25 is too old to do anything proactive makes me think you're an asshole.
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taylor17387 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And based in the way you talk, I'm pretty sure you're an un-educated asshole teenager.
Just so you know, idiot, I can't start studying again right now, because I've just finished my previous studies, so before I can start again, I'll have to save money through many years. Most probably, when I can start, I'll be 30 already, so YES, that's rather late. Certainly not the best age. There's people who are older and study at the university, of course. But it's not the best option. Period.
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CandyDeChocolate Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
.... I should use your experience as an example... I'm still trying to choose my career (I'm a high schooler) but I have some conflicts about whether I should choose something from art major or something else... I somehow don't want to choose art even though it is what I love to do the most....
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taylor17387 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The problem with choosing a career is that when you've just finished high school, you still lack a lot of experience and many times you don't know what to do. There's some lucky people who know what's their dream job early in life, but I, for example, had no clue back then. I wasn't even sure if I wanted to go to the university. It's only now that I see things clearer.
I'd advise you that you think carefully about what you really want to do in the future, the job you want, rather than in the content of the career. My career was very interesting for me, in terms of content, but I don't like the jobs that it leads to.
If you don't like the art-related jobs that the market offers, don't choose an art-career, even if you like the theme subject. And also think about your qualities, and what you enjoy doing and what you don't. If you hate numbers, for example, make sure that you won't end up doing calculations in Excel the whole day.
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CandyDeChocolate Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you very much for your advice. I'm going to try really hard to look for something I'll enjoy doing for the rest of my life :P i hope you can also find your path :) good luck! :D
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saintartaud Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
I've known plenty of people who switched careers or went back to school and were older than you. If it helps any, my sister is about to graduate nursing school and she's 33. She's already got a job lined up, which is pretty cool. Oddly enough, my mother was around the same age when she got her nursing degree. I don't think there's such thing as "too late," necessarily, though there are circumstances where going back to school, leveraging skills into new field, etc. can be tougher. But as young as you are age is definitely not an issue.
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lightning-13 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's definitely not too late. My brother was like you, made bad decisions and at the time he was 25, his profession was electrician. I don't know how it is there you live, but here in Sweden, just because you can study freely, people don't care about age, they study a subject as a hobby, or full programs just to change the direction of their careers. I have friend from the University, she is a teacher, or was, she worked for about 13 years and now she is web content manager and designer just like me, and guess what, she is 36! If you have the passion, the will, the determination, age doesn't really matter, at least not at such young age.
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lzzec Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
I am caught in a similar situation. In fact even at this point I am still uncertain. I have a job that I don't really enjoy doing. Somehow I manage to survive through and am coming through to the third year.

At this point I am still struggling to make things right. Day after day as I live through my current job, it presses me to want pursue a dream career even more. To me I dont think I care about whether I am late or not. I just feel the need to do whatever I can do get into something I truly like.
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taylor17387 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you've got a job already, I'd advise you to save as much money as you can. That way, you'll can study later whatever you want, once you have decided what's your dream career.
I think that's what I'll do in the next years: saving money so I can study later what I want.
It's not always neccessary to have an academic career, but it helps a lot. You've got the advantage of having a job right now, so use it to get what you want.
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lzzec Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
That's what I have been doing now. Though at times, I did stray. I thought you were asking for advice in the first place. How did it end up with me receiving the advice? Thanks nonetheless=)
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Resident-Bishounen Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know several people who switched careers in their forties. Mid-twenties is by no means too late.
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Natsume-Senpai Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know, I am have studied to become a designer and I can't find a job in that area because of the economic crisis.
Now I am trying to become a nurse or something else...I will keep my love for drawing then now as a hobby....
And I am 26, so think very careful what do you want to become, look around what they ask in the Graphic area and focus on that....
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taylor17387 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If I have learned something through these years, is that you have to focus in what really matters to you. My parents and relatives have told me this several times before, but it's only now that I realise how right they were.
Economic crisis will happen and disappear with given time, but your wishes will remain. If you know what you want and you've got the skills to achieve it, you'll get it in the end.
That's what I'd like to do in the next years; achieve the skills that I lack now.
I'm happy to know that it's never too late to do it.

But I'm sure that you, as you've got those skills already, will find something in the end that suits you. I wish you best luck. ;-)
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Ivan-P Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Nah bro its never too late, don't measure life through time but with experiences, thinking about time will only get you to overanalize about acomplishments and failures in life ( these subjects are nothing more than illusions ) they are nothing more than attachments in the mind....you know ? the fear for failure and the attachment of success.

As for illustrations and animation......there are tons of jobs in that field, publicity agencies, television, movies, marketing, magazines books, web mockups, ......and many many others.
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taylor17387 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, you're right. I realise how stupid is thinking about "losing time", as if I had done absolutely nothing good in these past years. I try hard not to think in time terms, but I have that tendency to analyze costs and gains, as if time (or money) was extremely scarce and you had to administrate it very very well.

As for jobs, my favourites are, as I said, illustration (for example in books) or cartoon animation. But if I couldn't get those (because, really, there's not many offers), the others are also quite cool. What I'm not sure is if there's some career path in which you can learn both the artistic side (as illustration) and the technical (as web design, software tools, and so on). I think graphic design has a bit of both, but I'm not completely sure...
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dorkface4 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
There's a 40+ year old lady in my graphic design course. She is extremely intelligent and receives extremely high marks for pretty much everything she does.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Because she is smart and has photographs that could get the teacher fired:P
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dorkface4 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
I assume it's more cause she doesn't go out and party every night like the other students or leave her work till the last minute
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Glori305 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Oh good lord, I have a friend who is 37 and just finished his medical degree, he is now a Doctor, used to be an architecht.

Definately not to late to do something else. He was working right out of school.
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owlity Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
I feel the same way, too. I'm studying Graphic Design, but with the lack of jobs for it out there, it's rather difficult. I'm 23 and I'm on the same boat as you. It's not too late! I'm thinking of going into some very basic nursing (CNA is the most basic) because I know that there are always jobs for it.
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taylor17387 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I know several persons who studied graphic design, and sooner or later they found a related job. It's not always well-paid (although my uncle supports his wife and two kids just with his job as graphic designer and lives fairly well), and most of the time, you end up doing advertising and marketing, which is not exactly "art". But you have still the opportunity to find something really interesting any day, and even if you don't, it wouldn't be your fault.
What kills me most, is thinking that I didn't do what I should have done, despite having the chance. The job market in my country is really bad right now, specially for young people, ok, but still I could have done better.
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owlity Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
That's really good, I'm glad they were able to find jobs. :) It just depends on who you know and how well-known you are, I guess.
Yeah, the unemployment rate in Europe is terrible right now. :(
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taylor17387 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, the unemployment rate sucks right now. They don't even want to pay you for many jobs.
However, as I suppose you're a native English speaker, you've got many chances in Europe at this moment; they demand many of you. I know it because I look at job offers everyday.
You could also try LinkedIn; it's a proffesional social network. It could get you in contact with other people that studied the same as yours, or publishers (if you want to go on your own).
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owlity Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Is that so? It would probably help to learn another language.

Thanks! I'll check out that site. I've heard of it before, but I wasn't really sure what it was about.
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kemcar Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
I don't think its too late, I too have gone through the same thing. Having a major in Literature I kept wondering about my career prospects other than becoming a teacher, but I kept on researching about the field and its prospects. Currently I work as a freelance content writer, all I can tell you is do some research about the subject and its uses in the society, you will find something you didn't know earlier.
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FIRSTxAIDxKIT Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
It's not too late to go back to school. Pursue something that makes you happy.
Unfortunately, a lot of people think that just because it's an academic major, it's automatically more credible than an art-related major, which is completely untrue. If you're thinking of going into graphic design, make sure you know some web design and maybe even coding before you graduate, as this is what the market for designers is more geared towards nowadays. Print design is dying out and giving way to user interface and website design.
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Debra-Marie Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My husband is 28 and were saving for grad school. Its not too late.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
PIMP HIM OUT. moar money:P
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Debra-Marie Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
MOAAAAAR
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Lytrigian Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm close to 50 and the sole support of three dependents. I live in the US, so without my job no one has medical benefits, and without my income our housing situation would be dire. For me, it's probably too late. For you? Not even close.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
If you sell the organs of one of those dependents I believe you'll be able to send the other two to college:P
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Lytrigian Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
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