I am really confused as to what I should do

I am a student of Std XII with PCM and good at it. But I’m not sure if I want to make a career as an engineer, as they say “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”. I am good at Maths and I write very well. I want to take the SAT exams to study in the U.S. but I don’t know what I should major in. I know that I can clear JEE Mains but I don’t want that as a career. I am more interested in Poetry, Music and History of Art. I am really confused as to what I should do.

Using your creativity doesn’t mean you’re doomed to poverty. However, your choice of career inevitably has implications for your future earning power and lifestyle. For example, would-be musicians should expect to have some downtime between two events. If you’re attracted to a poetry-based career, your income and working hours will typically be unpredictable.

Also, employment in the creative industries is typically less structured and formal than in other industries, and high levels of competition for work can make it difficult for newcomers to get a break. It’s important to build up your knowledge and skills through work experience or extracurricular activities or both.

Alternatively, you may go for stable paid employment in another area and pursue your creative ambitions in your spare time. Decide on your future career, based on your interest and aptitude. Along with that, you may find paid work that enables you to use your creativity in other ways.

Dr Vibha Gupta

Dr Vibha Gupta

Dr Vibha Gupta, a feature writer, is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications are an attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.