It’s already been said plenty of times, but let’s just get it out there one last time; you can be a successful individual without being an engineer or a doctor. The entire stigma about these being “superior” professions is one in which many believe and truly argue for, but the thing is, it doesn’t matter. Even if we assume that their argument is valid, it’s not about what’s hypothetically objectively better – it’s about what you want (and can actually make work), so let’s take a look at a couple of rather unorthodox majors you might actually find some interest in.
Oh and, to also get this out of the way, you can still want engineering or med school or whatever other major, no matter how common it might be because that is also, in fact, not what matters; don’t let people who write articles like this discourage you from taking a path you might actually want to take because it’s one which society advocates. Let’s not rebel for the sake of rebellion. Instead, let’s rebel so that we can do what we love, but also be able to make a living out of it.
1: Sciences & Math
So, first off, being the slightly biased person I am, I’ll talk about the major I personally want to take, and its general category. The one I plan on taking (maybe alongside another more common one) is Physics, and the general idea here is majors that are more broad and general than their specific engineering or med school counterparts. This can include the other sciences like Chemistry and Biology, and Math for example.
If you’re not the biggest fan of these kinds of topics then just skip to number 2, but if you are but are wondering what the hell you can ever work as if you get one of these degrees, there are actually plenty of options. It’s just usually more necessary to continue further education (a Master’s and PhD), so if you don’t want to continue education or want to jump into a job straight after university, these kinds of degrees probably aren’t for you. You can still get some jobs with just a bachelor’s, but they likely won’t even be in the field you studied so I wouldn’t recommend putting your hope in that kind of a situation.
2: Philosophy & Anthropology
While these can be very interesting topics to many, the difference between them and #1 is that they often have less practical applications. This would usually mean that the most common way to continue a career in this kind of a topic would be in academia and education, while pursuing your own research, or to simply work in another field, such as human resources and PR. However, working within both of these theoretical and quite abstract fields is very satisfying to any and all individuals that happen to be highly curious knowledge seekers.
You’re not going to jump out of college into a director’s chair, or become a producer right off the bat, but there are plenty of other things you can do with a Film degree if you have a passion for it. Jobs can range from designing sets, props and costumes, being an onset makeup artist, to even composing the score of a movie. This kind of career path isn’t easy, though, and more often than not requires university education.
4: (Art) History
You can study the evolution of art and architecture from medieval periods, all the way up to the current era, or simply study the history of our civilizations while learning skills like analysis, critical thinking and writing. Unless you want to become a teacher, it’s best to combine this degree with another, easier-in-the-job-industry-degree like Business Studies, so that you can make use of these skills in a potentially not very different field.
You can still get a job in journalism, for example, with just a history major, but it usually depends on the skills that you’ll learn, and won’t often be in history.
The “Study of Movement.” You’ll learn all about the physical, social, and psychological impact of exercise and physical activity, as well as acquire a background in biology and mechanics behind them. This can allow for careers in health counselling, equipment design, physical therapy, and much more.
If it truly is your passion, a music degree can ease your way into the field of composing and performing, though those aren’t the only things you can do with a degree in music, and you can often do them without it. It’s usually quite common to continue further studies in music theory for example, or to focus on a job in education, but you can also be a private music teacher, or a music therapist and take the degree in a more psychology-based direction.
There are definitely plenty more degrees you can do in university, but I can’t exactly talk about all of them. If anything, this article should simply serve as a reminder that there is much more to do in life than we’re often led to believe, and that we at least owe it to ourselves to explore our options using both logic and emotions, so that we don’t regret what where we end up in a few years.