What careers might someone who's interested in interiewing people, fixing the world and making money look into?
September 15, 2010 11:05 AM Subscribe
Figuring out a career path: I'm an undergrad student who has a passion for interviewing people and getting their stories. I also want my carer to help make the world a better place and feel that I would be happiest if I could see my impact directly. What careers or jobs might I look into?
posted by melancholyplay to Work & Money (17 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Journalism is an obvious possibility but there are many types and I'm not sure which is suited to me. I often hear that I should get into broadcast journalism but I'm not sure how I feel about being in front of the camera for much of my living. Writing for newspapers is... alright, but I'm concerned that I wouldn't see my impact as directly as I'd like. Also, the future of journalism is difficult to forecast--newspapers and magazines seem increasingly marginalized--and that concerns me, since I don't envision myself living from paycheck to paycheck.
What I really like is interviewing people and finding out what makes them tick. Why is a successful person successful? What choices did they make? What is their philosophy and daily mindset? What about people who live modestly, simply and happily--what made them choose this path in a world that glamorizes public displays of excess? How did remarkable people become remarkable? How are "unremarkable" people remarkable and what can we learn from them? These are along the lines of questions I want to ask people.
Can you guys give me suggestions for careers in which I might be able to explore these questions?
Also, feeling that I'm making an impact on the world is important to me. This may sound overambitious but I genuinely want to help end world poverty--I'm particularly interested in the Congo, India, and China--and am generally interested in exploring social justice movements around the globe.
At the same time, I want to make significant money. I mean the kind of money where I can buy myself a home and spend on small luxuries without feeling guilt. $20 should not have me struggling. I should not be worrying about paying my rent/mortgage from month to month. I want to be able to freely pursue my life dreams and not worry about pinching pennies to do it. I don't think journalists are big moneymakers--is there any way I could make over $100K just...interviewing people?
Finally, a few things I'm hoping you'll include in your response: if you suggest journalism, can you suggest what kind in particular I might want to look at? Are there books or articles that you recommend? What grad school programs might you suggest? What internships or part-time jobs might you suggest? (I'm located in NYC so I have more options than most.) Does my undergraduate major really matter?
For reference, I'm thinking of doing an interdisciplinary major covering politics and literature with a minor in law. These cater to my general interests but don't necessarily translate into a career in interviewing, which is why I'm thinking of getting a grad school degree in something more specifically applicable to my future career. Is this wise, or would you advise that I find more focus in my undergraduate major?
Sorry this is so long, guys. I really appreciate your help!