I'm getting ready to graduate from an teen tiny liberal arts school that is owed by the Mennonite church. I am about to get an art degree which means my job opportunities are limited. Graphic design is something that I'm good at but I hate. I don't want a job where I have to dress nicely or where I have to work in an office. I'd rather do service work for the rest of my life.
Unfortunately, the school I'm attending has given me a load of debts which right now are under the name of my parents. They don't have a lot of money, so they'd like to get rid of those debts and I'd like to help them. As I see it, for me to go into service work would be burdening my parents.
I'm at a loss. Should I follow my heart and do what I really want to do, or should I respect my parents and get a job that pays? Is there a compromise?
It's wonderful when you graduate from college but on the other hand it was a safe warm place to be in. Now you are out in the cold world and you have to make decisions. Well that's life. I can tell you I found myself in the same situation a long time ago. Take the job that pays the most money and you are good at - as you say -- graphic design. You won't be married to it and you will be able to pay off your debts earlier. Then you can quit - you will have some experience in the business world and you can then decide exactly what you want to do. Today people dress very comfortably at work - neat and clean is all. In my office we wear slacks or skirts or suits that are very comfortable. This was my campaign and it turned out just fine.
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