For some people this is harder than others. I have for years dread the day of making this decision, as i really had no idea what i wanted to do. Of course i want to work with something i find interesting and like doing, but i also need some stability in the business i go into, and it have to be something that i can see myself working with for years. Finding this education/job haven't been easy for me, but i feel i'm getting closer to it, which is a really nice feeling.
I started at UNI last year, studying Media Science . I have always found the creative side of media very interesting and appealing. Although it turned out to be nothing like what i expected or hoped. I did actually surprise myself by going to UNI as i've always said it wasn't really me, and i guess i was right in some ways. I'm just not really the student type of person, i simply can't concentrate about reading all the time. I like doing something that's more creative and practical. Which is why i have decided not to finish UNI.
Here comes another issue, other people, mostly family! Why is it that everyone seem so disappointed with you when you drop out of school? I don't know if it's just me, but i would like someone supporting me in my decision, and not making me feel like a failure. I don't feel like i've wasted time at all, i've learned a lot going to UNI. I've learned that it's not what i want. I have found out there's other things out there that's more appealing to me. And i've made myself a plan that i'm feeling really good about. For once in my life, i feel good about what i'm doing and where i'm headed. So i'm not gonna give up!
I'm not gonna go too much into details about my plan, but i can reveal a few things. I'm trying and hoping to get into a school to study to be a Media Graphic Designer. Only thing is, it's damn hard to get in. There's only a few people that get in twice a year, only the most talented ones. I know it's not gonna be easy, but i really wanna try this. Looks like the right thing for me. I can be creative, and use a computer at the same time, pretty much what i'm doing every day anyway. I do have to make a portfolio to apply for this course, which i to be honest have no idea how to do. I'm therefore having a little look around to see what's on the net about it. I've found lots of good stuff so far. I found this page early about typography which is a big part of being a graphic designer; http://ilovetypography.com/. They have so many different fonts it's crazy, i really like this one though, i think it's kinda cool, reminds me a bit of th 60's.
So do you know what you wanna be or do in life? Or are you still trying things out? Maybe you are already there, done with educating yourself and working with your dreamjob? Or maybe you still don't know for sure what you want... No matter what i think it's important to take your time and think about it, and if you have to try lots of different educations before you find the right one, so what?! There's no point in finishing 5 years on UNI if it's not really what you wanna do, right...