December is known for its festive mood: fun, fares and food in truckloads. It is also known for ADMI’s Over and Above Concert.
It also ushers in more serious contemplation of one’s life: career prospects, school and resolutions (weight loss, anyone?). If you’ve recently graduated from high school, you must be among the thousands of hopeful students who are wondering what to do with their lives. While there’s no shortage of advice on career success, we think it’s more important to know what factors to consider before settling on a career. Here are some questions to inspire you:
1. What are you passionate about?
We are all wired differently. Some people are inclined towards the arts. Others are inclined towards the sciences. Others have a scientific approach towards the arts. Before you join college, it is important to carefully consider what you are passionate about.
Passion does not merely boil down to what you love doing, it goes deeper than that. Ask yourself these questions:
- Are you willing to sacrifice your time and all other pursuits in order to pursue what you are passionate about?
- Are you willing to go against the current so as to pursue what you are passionate about?
- Do you know what it takes to attain excellence in what you are passionate about?
Finding what you’re passionate about may take time. It can be a combination of insights from friends, relatives, colleagues, or yes, even parents. In some cases, it can be the result of introspection.
Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to be passionate about several things. For instance, David Hunter, a producer, composer and faculty member at Africa Digital Media Institute combines his passion for music production and artist development by serving as the musical director here.
2. What opportunities exist in the field you are passionate about?
If you are passionate about the arts, by now you know that the term “starving artist” is often used in reference to musicians, artists and actors. Many parents dissuade their children from pursuing a career in the arts because they are afraid of what their children will go through in order to make a living.
It could be argued that there are a quite a number of living artists who have defied this misguided notion, but it is countered by the fact that for every thriving artist, there are quite a number who are barely surviving.
Anyone who desires to make a living as an artist must understand the reasons behind the perceptions that there are no lucrative opportunities in the arts. A careful examination of the opportunities in a field such as music or film should involve exploration of the career paths that have emerged, and the evolution of these fields in the digital era.
3. Where can you acquire the professional skills you need?
In this fast-paced world, opportunities belong to those who combine talent and skill.
Honing your skills in a given field is a product of the right training, practice and mentorship. There are a number of institutions that offer training, but there are only select institutions that offer relevant, practical training in certain fields.
In addition, it’s possible to undertake a practical course such as sound engineering at an institution only to come out with half-baked skills due to lack of proper sound equipment at the institution. To avoid this, it is very important that you carry out research before joining an institution.
The following questions can guide the process:
- Is the institution accredited to offer the course you would like to pursue?
- Is the institution equipped to offer training using the latest equipment, software, and tools in your field?
- Will the curriculum prepare you for the needs of the industry?
- Do they offer mentoring, internships, and instruction in soft skills to increase placement success?
After you’ve clarified your passion, and what you want to pursue, ask these questions of the various schools and programmes you’re considering. Then you will be able to make a better decision.
It’s YOUR future!
Of course we’re happy to answer these questions—and do so everyday. Feel free to Enquire here.