What to do?


I would like to begin my career, I just finished school and I would like to start University to be a novelist but at the same time I would love to work at this Spa and professionally cut hair. I haven’t had any training with cutting hair- accept for my dog. I want to go to University to become an author but I also would like to cut hair. What should I do?
Jan 13, 2009 @ 08:07 pm

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my 2-cents as an academic

When you say you just finished school, do you mean high school?

In my opinion, I think you should go to university and earn your degree first. In this day and age, you can't get very far without a university degree, regardless of what degree it is. University is tough. There's new environment, new experiences, new people; it is overwhelming. And one of the things I found that really helped me get through university was my friends. If you go to university now, you'll be going through an experience with your own peers and school will be more enjoyable for you. Aside from the social aspect, you can obtain skills to be a good writer, get lots of practice and perhaps even start writing your own books. You don't need a university degree to be a novelist but it is a very good place to start.

In the meantime, don't give up your passion for working at a spa. Try working there part-time and see if you like it. If you still feel like something is missing from your life after earning your university degree, then you can always go back to trade school and kick start your career as a hairstylist. While you learn to be a stylist/working in a spa, you will already have the tools (which you've learned from university) to help you write your book in your free time.

Of course, I am speaking from an academic point of view. For the longest time, my parents though I was going to become a professional student. :P So I'd love to hear what other people think!
Jan 13, 2009 @ 11:47 pm


I think BB has some great advice. Attend University with the rest of your peers and get yourself a degree - the experience alone will help gain you knowledge that can rarely be found outside of University. I know that my degree in Film has made me learn so much more about interacting with people and has made me realize the type of industry I want to be a part of.

Sometimes University turns out to be an experience that makes you realize what you DON'T want to do - which is just as important in my opinion.

And for sure work at a salon part-time! Maybe it's just something you need to do in order to say that you've done it. Can you see yourself cutting peoples hair for the rest of your life and enjoying it? Or do you see yourself writing articles, novels, or reviews? And hey, who says you can't do both?
Jan 14, 2009 @ 10:04 am

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