People with creative majors know how much everyone tries to warn them that you can’t succeed in life unless you have a degree in business or computers or something like that. Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of teens complain that they want to major in a creative major, but their parents won’t let them. My response to that has always been for the teen to be an adult in the situation, and calmly express why they need the major they want, and not the one their parents want. Of course, such an argument needs backing up, so these are points that should be considered in choosing a creative major.
What is Your Dream Back Up Job
No matter how much any teen knows about the dream job they want, and how to approach getting it, if a parent thinks it’s not going to happen, they will never be swayed. Something a teen should consider is what back up jobs exist for someone with their major. One potential back up job for most majors is being a teacher, while others could include office jobs for corporations. Approaching parents with a well thought out plan for the back up job may go over much better. Not only that, you will actually have a back up plan in case your dreams fall through.
How Can You Spin it in an Interview
Most parents are just concerned that their child will not find a job. So, teens should practice this exercise. Imagine that you’ve already graduated college and you’re looking for a job. How are you going to use what you’ve learned in college to let interviewers know that you’re perfect for a job?
The answer to that question could actually be the same thing you could use to argue your side to your parents. Does your major require team work? Will you have opportunities to lead these teams? Does your major require you to be quick on your toes in problem solving? Think about what your major has to offer in real world situations and use it to your advantage.
Better to Do What You Love
Many jobs do require you to have a four year degree. Many more never specify in what. This is something else that teens should point out to their parents. Majoring in something you hate can lead to burn out, and burn out is never a good thing. If you burn out while still in college, could you imagine working in that same field? These are points well-meaning parents don’t consider, themselves. If you can think of a back up plan and how to apply your major in real world situations, then pointing out it’s better to do what you love can be an effective closing argument.
You Can Always Change Your Major: Choosing Your Battles
If your parents just will not be swayed, major in what they want you to. Your first two years, you’re mostly getting your Gen Eds out of the way, anyway. Go to community college, even – you have to declare a major when you transfer to a four year, and this could be the perfect opportunity to change it. You actually have two extra years to convince your parents to let you do things your way, or to find your own way to pay for college.
Choosing a college major can be a major battle. Overall, it’s your education and your life, and your parents can’t live through you. If teens are going to choose to take this battle, then they need to approach it like adults. No matter what happens, staying calm and preparing a well thought out argument is the best way for teens to convince their parents to let them pick their own major.