Personally, I hate all these articles that waste time telling me that my major is one of the “10 worst Majors for Finding Jobs” or what have you. Unlike a lot of people, I suppose, I didn’t go to college and choose a major thinking, “Hmm, what would give me the best, highest-pay job?” I went to college thinking, “I’m going to major in what I love.”
Unfortunately, not all kids get to do that. I don’t know how many friends I made who said, “Yeah, I hate Biology but my parents said I had to be a doctor.” I have a truly gifted friend who can draw amazing pieces and write to match! Her father wants her to be a Lawyer and only agreed to let her major in English because she could apply to Law school after (this was after trying the Pre-Med track for a little while because her Dad wanted her to be a doctor).
To me, this is tragic, but I can’t speak for parents out there because I’m not one. You’re telling your kids this stuff out of fear—fear that they can’t succeed with a certain degree, fear that they won’t make enough money to survive in this world, and you want that. You know, I can’t blame you for those fears, and maybe your kid ends up liking what they do, finding a passion for it…but sometimes, kids just end up with a lot of resentment and self-hatred. Don’t let that happen to your kids.
You can encourage both creative outlets and your wish to see them have a good day job.
Okay, I am finished ranting, lol.
What do you guys think? Parents, how do you balance letting your kids explore their creativity and nudging them to get degrees they can 'do something with'?