carolinaman wrote: ↑Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:39 am
getthatmarshmallow wrote: ↑Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:10 pm
Different thought: why tell her to go back to school? Especially just to get married??
She has a job in a field adjacent to her degree. It isn't exactly what she wanted but a lot of new grads are good at figuring out what their dream is but not how to get there. How do fashion designers get hired? What's the career ladder look like? Where do people wind up?
Are they usually plucked out of nowhere in NC? (My guess is no.) The first thing she needs to figure out is what that path looks like. Where is her school's alumni network the strongest? (Atlanta, maybe?). What is she good at? Design? A good eye? If she's selling high end women's clothing, can she use her design knowledge to move into being a buyer? Go corporate? Can she write?
Because look, she's just out of school. She can go back and get an accounting degree, sure. If she's good at math. If she has money for more school right now. What's concerning is that she's six weeks out of school and thinking or being told that because she hasn't made it big already she should just go back to school. I mean, I'm sure someone will be happy to take her tuition but maybe she should try working the job she has while she figures out her next steps and where she wants to go?
Great post! I think it is too early to push career change for her. She needs some time to pursue her dream, but she needs to be aware of the challenges to be successful in fashion design. Her parents recognized this from the beginning but she is very headstrong and determined. She is very talented. She could probably make a living as a photographer. She was photographer for her HS newspaper her junior year and became co-editor her senior year. Their school newspaper was more like a small town newspaper (HS had 4,000 students) and was recognized as the best in the South and one of the best in US.
I think she could be really good as a graphics designer, given her computer skills and artistic design ability. I have encouraged her to consider that in the past but so far no go. She could probably earn a minor in graphics design with a little more school.
But it is her career and she is the one that will have to decide what she is going to do.
OP, This thread has brought out some of the worst elements of the conservative thinking on the forum. It is one thing to invest in low cost index funds and believe investing should be passive. But life should not be passive!
The naysayers are wrong. I understand some of them are well meaning when they say get an accounting degree or a STEM degree. There is also a lot of reality in this. But here is what they and perhaps you are missing.
This young women from what you described is incredibly talented! Did anyone miss that, or are they not able to see that because of their own prejudices that anything other than earning a paycheck job right after graduating is worthless to pursue in life
You said she has a great passion for Fashion Design. She has talent in arts and photography. You said she could make a living with just Photography. Perhaps she could be taking photographs the world will remember. She was co-editor for a popular school newspaper at a national level possibly. Perhaps she could be a great mag editor / blog writer that changes issues impacting society. Who knows? Perhaps too many people responding are from another era, I am myself not a spring chicken, but I realize the Generation Z thinks and experience things differently.
This is a young women with multiple talents and a passion for what she does. Just because she didn't study accounting and engineering so she could get a paycheck job doesn't make her broke. She has a job, making enough money, while she figures out how to break into her field of passion.
We tend to forget some of the greatest achievers did not study accounting & engineering and sit behind a desk collecting pay checks, siphoning off $300 dollars a week into 401(k) invested in 3 fund portfolio at the cheapest cost for 40 years then retire on 4% withdrawal rate. Life is much more than that for someone starting their life.
Give her a chance. Encourage her. Try to find how she can be successful with her talents. You are already doing something by thinking graphics and computers. She will get it eventually. But needs encouragement and support possibly.
If after trying for a few years and still nothing works there is always a fall back. This is the US of A where people dream big and make things happen, don't let anyone tell your granddaughter tell her she can't do it, instead encourage her to find a way. Good luck.