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Unsure About My Future

Group Therapy: Unsure About My Future

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I'm at a university studying Business Management, working part time in retail. I basically hate my life. I have had a lot of trouble finishing school because of a combination of bad decisions and depression/anxiety issues. I am doing pretty well mentally and in school and work now, but I feel stuck. 

I want to finish school and get out into the real world as soon as possible. My work background and most of my previous coursework is in television and radio production. But I feel (maybe imaginary) pressure from family to stay in business management. I'm also completely terrified to switch to what I want because of the economy and the difficulty finding work in my field to begin with. 


Switching majors to television would greatly reduce my course load and shorten my stay at college. Given the unpredictability of getting work in that field, I feel paralyzed by fear. Can you please provide some advice? I also want to add that I hate the town I live in (very poor and high crime issues) and want to leave as soon as possible for this reason.  Any advice you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

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le-romantique le-romantique 5 years
The entertainment profession requires you to wear many hats. The business degree is probably not a bad idea to finish. I went to college for business, audio recording/production and marketing (or specifically, Full Sail). Right now I'm managing a recording studio, I'm a record label executive and an assistant for live show production at my company, where I started out as a studio intern.Prior, I was an intern at HSN (Home Shopping Network) and a radio station in NJ. I pretty much went anywhere I could, entertainment wise, and absorbed as much as I could so I could apply it to everything.It is hard to get a job in the field, but the field is so broad that there are many jobs people don't even know exist, and it really helps if you can do more than one specific thing. You already have the TV/Radio experience, so why not stay in school and learn business basics so you are more broad in your post-school approach? I also agree with the big fish in a small pond, which is my case here in the Tampa Bay area.I do believe that degrees and schooling/knowledge is important, so as long as you're learning something its better than nothing.
le-romantique le-romantique 5 years
The entertainment profession requires you to wear many hats. The business degree is probably not a bad idea to finish. I went to college for business, audio recording/production and marketing (or specifically, Full Sail). Right now I'm managing a recording studio, I'm a record label executive and an assistant for live show production at my company, where I started out as a studio intern. Prior, I was an intern at HSN (Home Shopping Network) and a radio station in NJ. I pretty much went anywhere I could, entertainment wise, and absorbed as much as I could so I could apply it to everything. It is hard to get a job in the field, but the field is so broad that there are many jobs people don't even know exist, and it really helps if you can do more than one specific thing. You already have the TV/Radio experience, so why not stay in school and learn business basics so you are more broad in your post-school approach? I also agree with the big fish in a small pond, which is my case here in the Tampa Bay area. I do believe that degrees and schooling/knowledge is important, so as long as you're learning something its better than nothing.
GregS GregS 5 years
I strongly disagree with spacekatgal about the professors. The faculty I had were all well educated and successful in their fields. They just have a passion for teaching as I do. I can certainly see myself teaching, and will probably do so in the future. As it is, I consult - which is teaching.Don't worry about what your degree is in. Specially in the Bachelor's level. I"ve worked 35 years in fields I didn't get my degree in - accounting, project management, systems integrations, contracts. I was an Associate Controller at a major research university without an accounting degree. I helped design an internationally used system for all federal grant funding and don't have a computer degree and can't code. I'm not a lawyer, but write contracts.All the BA/BS does is give you basic info, and should be teaching you how to learn. That last part is key. You don't do the things I've been able to do without being able to learn.Broadcast interns usually don't pay anything, but snag it if you can. If they don't hire you after the internship is completed, go to a smaller market and work your way up. Being a big fish in a small pond has many benefits.
GregS GregS 5 years
I strongly disagree with spacekatgal about the professors. The faculty I had were all well educated and successful in their fields. They just have a passion for teaching as I do. I can certainly see myself teaching, and will probably do so in the future. As it is, I consult - which is teaching. Don't worry about what your degree is in. Specially in the Bachelor's level. I"ve worked 35 years in fields I didn't get my degree in - accounting, project management, systems integrations, contracts. I was an Associate Controller at a major research university without an accounting degree. I helped design an internationally used system for all federal grant funding and don't have a computer degree and can't code. I'm not a lawyer, but write contracts. All the BA/BS does is give you basic info, and should be teaching you how to learn. That last part is key. You don't do the things I've been able to do without being able to learn. Broadcast interns usually don't pay anything, but snag it if you can. If they don't hire you after the internship is completed, go to a smaller market and work your way up. Being a big fish in a small pond has many benefits.
stephley stephley 5 years
Degrees aren't guarantees - it's what you bring to the work that determines your future.
stephley stephley 5 years
Look more carefully into the kind of job options television & radio production could lead to - and the places you could work. It goes way beyond the obvious. Lots of fields are unpredictable, that means you have to be flexible and creative and diligent which, if you like working in the field, won't be all that hard. I've done it and it worked out well. Degrees aren't absolute guarantees of anything, it's what you do with and after getting one that matters.
stephley stephley 5 years
Look more carefully into the kind of job options television & radio production could lead to - and the places you could work. It goes way beyond the obvious. Lots of fields are unpredictable, that means you have to be flexible and creative and diligent which, if you like working in the field, won't be all that hard. I've done it and it worked out well. Degrees aren't absolute guarantees of anything, it's what you do with and after getting one that matters.
testadura67 testadura67 5 years
Do what you love. Even if it's not where you end up, it'll lead you to where you need to be. I know that sounds silly, but I majored in theatre and was scared for the same reasons you were. I've been acting for 2 years professionally, but I still work full time at a job that pays the bills but isn't what I want to do, and I'm about to make a career change to wedding planning. You never know where you'll end up, but if it weren't for learning what I did while in theatre school and the subsequent years working as an actor, I would not be who I am now and in the place to be as satisfied with my life as I am. Is it where I thought I'd be? Absolutely not. But I can't imagine doing things differently. As far as jobs being sparse in the television industry, you're not wrong. Save save save money, and move to a market where there are more jobs in your industry. Make contacts before you move. Your school should be able to put you in touch with previous graduates in that market (theatre and film schools usually have a list of graduates still in the industry and where they're working... film/tv is really a small industry). But first and foremost, do what makes you happy. If you're not into business management while you're just taking classes on it, imagine how bad it's going to be when you have to actually DO it.
testadura67 testadura67 5 years
Do what you love. Even if it's not where you end up, it'll lead you to where you need to be. I know that sounds silly, but I majored in theatre and was scared for the same reasons you were. I've been acting for 2 years professionally, but I still work full time at a job that pays the bills but isn't what I want to do, and I'm about to make a career change to wedding planning. You never know where you'll end up, but if it weren't for learning what I did while in theatre school and the subsequent years working as an actor, I would not be who I am now and in the place to be as satisfied with my life as I am. Is it where I thought I'd be? Absolutely not. But I can't imagine doing things differently.As far as jobs being sparse in the television industry, you're not wrong. Save save save money, and move to a market where there are more jobs in your industry. Make contacts before you move. Your school should be able to put you in touch with previous graduates in that market (theatre and film schools usually have a list of graduates still in the industry and where they're working... film/tv is really a small industry). But first and foremost, do what makes you happy. If you're not into business management while you're just taking classes on it, imagine how bad it's going to be when you have to actually DO it.
fmminis fmminis 5 years
Apply for an internship at a TV station. The work experience can go towards an MBA program ... Choose a city where you can transfer college credits ...Have some money tucked away just in case
pax4pax pax4pax 5 years
Focus on where you are. More schooling is better than less. Can you add some of the entertainment classes to your business degree and that way cover both avenues?The job market is bad, so, you are blessed to have a place now. Hold on to it UNTIL you have everything you need for another job, which includes an offer for another job.We all go through periods in our life that we hate. A few years is not much in the grand scheme of things. Stick it out and let the world grow around you so, as you learn more and time passes more, your choices should become clearer.
pax4pax pax4pax 5 years
Focus on where you are. More schooling is better than less. Can you add some of the entertainment classes to your business degree and that way cover both avenues? The job market is bad, so, you are blessed to have a place now. Hold on to it UNTIL you have everything you need for another job, which includes an offer for another job. We all go through periods in our life that we hate. A few years is not much in the grand scheme of things. Stick it out and let the world grow around you so, as you learn more and time passes more, your choices should become clearer.
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