originally posted by: Tiamat384
a reply to: Aazadan
Well could you make clear the difference between a hobby and that which interests me? I mean, surely a hobby is that which interests me, so what is
the difference exactly?
Well, I can really only give examples from within my field which is making computer games. Most people in the field enjoy doing so, largely because
the pay and hours worked weed out anyone who it's just a job for (much higher paying jobs, at better companies, doing the exact same thing if you're
making business software instead). But even then, at the beginning of a project things are a lot of fun, it's interesting to plan out how everything
will come together, do the software engineering, database schema, software tests, and so on. Once you get about 90% done though and you're at the
play testing stage it becomes a miserable experience. Sitting down and playing a game level you built for 12+ hours, analyzing every little detail,
doing every encounter over and over, and so on. It is mind numbing. This is why most people who make games barely play the games they make (if they
do it at all), and actually why they play few games overall. It's important to leave work at work.
This also happens to be why peoples personal projects they throw on resumes are always 80% - 90% done. Once you cross that threshold it goes from fun
to miserable. Consequently the best advice anyone ever gives in my field when talking about portfolios is to finish something. It doesn't matter if
it's even good, so few people finish that if you can do so you're guaranteed a job.
I also maintain quite a few personal projects. What I've found is that my interest in working on them is directly proportional to how much I'm doing
this stuff in school that week and the same is true for others. If I have a programming heavy semester (such as last semester where I took 5
programming classes at once... all in different languages), aside from my brain being mush I could barely even stand to look at my computer. In fact,
I own multiple computers and it got to the point where I did homework on my good computer in the living room, and when that was done, just to be able
to put it down I went into another room with a different laptop and browsed that on completely different subjects.
This semester in comparison which is easy (a mere 1 programming class... backlash from last semester) has me putting in 40-50 hours per week on
personal projects because I'm pretty much not working on anything coding/design related at school.
Work is the same way, to take a different field. If you're a chef, after cooking for people all day long do you really want to go home and cook a
meal for yourself? Worse yet, what if you have a family and they want professionally cooked meals? Oddly enough Chefs are one of the biggest
demographics for taking their family to Wendys or other fast food places.
Frankly, is there a point in studying for a degree below Masters even, though political science I may take as minor.
College almost seems as an experiment, meant to train the one(s) in the experiment.
It is a very well documented fact that when a person is paid to do something they enjoy, it ceases to be entertainment and becomes a job. Often times
it becomes less liked than the average job. College is about a few things, but one of those things is job training. You certainly shouldn't choose a
career path involved in a field you hate, but it's generally best to not major in your favorite subject either. Another reason that it's bad to make
a hobby your career is that the last thing you generally want to do after spending an 8 hour day at work is going home to work on that hobby. If
you're going to college to learn skills for a professional life, it's a bad idea to try and make your personal life that profession.
Choosing a major comes down to a few questions:
#1. Are there jobs in this field? A simple one, there should be internships available for any who are interested, and by your junior year you should
be able to get legitimate job offers from companies.
#2. Do the entry level jobs in this field pay enough for me to have a modest lifestyle? This will vary by person to person but my gauge here, is that
the median income in the US is 50k, probably 55k by the time you graduate, and then 60k a couple years after that (talking 5 years in the future now).
If you get a job in this field, will you be making atleast the median wage with 2 years of experience and a degree? Or at lower standards since not
everything pays well. It is pretty much mathematically impossible to be financially secure in the US if you make less than $30/hour at the new craze
of 30 hours/week (home ownership, proper insurance, safe working vehicle, the right amount in savings, proper investments, etc). Will your career pay
atleast that much (plus the cost of your loans) right away?
#3. Does this major open up any secondary career options just incase the first doesn't pan out? This one is fairly simple. If you're trained to do
one thing and only one thing, if that industry collapses or if you dislike it or if it just goes on a downturn and there are no jobs you have a
problem. Any proper major is applicable to multiple fields.
#4. Is this field something you want to learn about and work on? Maybe it's possible to learn if the field isn't interesting but I wouldn't recommend
it. It's generally easier to pick up information if you find the material engaging, so choose something that sounds interesting.
#5a. Do you already enjoy this field as a hobby?
#5b. If yes, are you willing to give it up as a hobby?
On the other hand, if you're choosing something you already like to do in your spare time, you need to be willing to give that activity up should the
need arise, because most people don't handle bringing their work home with them very well. I can use an example of a friend of mine here. He's
double majored in political science and history, and graduates next semester. We have something of a routine and go get dinner once a week most
weeks. A large part of the talk centers around political strategy, which if you've ever read my posts here you'll see is something that really
interests me. At some point though the subject just has to change, because while I'm responding to comments or analyzing what the DNC or RNC is
doing, my friend has written 100 pages on that subject this week in way more detail than anyone cares to hear, and it just doesn't make good
conversational material after a while.
1-4 in that list should all be a yes. If 5a is a yes, then 5b should also be a yes.
edit on 14-2-2016 by Aazadan because: (no reason