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Hi guys I'm jn year 12 at the moment and all my college seems to want to talk about is careers and post college education and I have no idea what I want to do. I'm pretty sure the only reason I want to go to uni is to postpone choosing what I wanna do with my life essentially.

I've looked at so much stuff online about finding your passion and perusing it, the problem is I know what my passion is or at least one of them but it would be almost impossible to make a career out of it so I feel well and truly stuck. it's as if I've failed at life before even getting started.

I absolutely love music and it is the only thing that truly makes me happy. I have been playing both classical and electric guitar since year 5 and for the past few months I have been consistently writing music. However the music industry in every form is highly competitive so I really have no chance.

I want to do a creative and stimating job however I can't think of any that I could do with my A levels: English Lit, Psychology, History.

please any suggestions would be very appreciated I feel so lost
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Hi guys I'm jn year 12 at the moment and all my college seems to want to talk about is careers and post college education and I have no idea what I want to do. I'm pretty sure the only reason I want to go to uni is to postpone choosing what I wanna do with my life essentially.

I've looked at so much stuff online about finding your passion and perusing it, the problem is I know what my passion is or at least one of them but it would be almost impossible to make a career out of it so I feel well and truly stuck. it's as if I've failed at life before even getting started.

I absolutely love music and it is the only thing that truly makes me happy. I have been playing both classical and electric guitar since year 5 and for the past few months I have been consistently writing music. However the music industry in every form is highly competitive so I really have no chance.

I want to do a creative and stimating job however I can't think of any that I could do with my A levels: English Lit, Psychology, History.

please any suggestions would be very appreciated I feel so lost
This is completely normal - everyone feels this way at the moment, what with so much pressure put on you and difficult choices to make, so don't panic too much!

I'm in a similar situation - I absolutely love Sociology but unfortunately its seen as a 'soft' subject by many (ignorant people, I may add! ) which gives me limited career options.

I would suggest maybe incorporate music with another subject? I know people that have done Maths and Music degrees as a combined honors - maybe have a look at that so that you're not totally limited for music as a career path? This also provides balance of a core subject as well as one that will perhaps help you more in life.

Also, research music related careers - not all musicians are pop singers etc! You could own a record shop, be a music producer, Radio DJ...try and explore your options so that you have more of a clear aim of what you want out of life.

Good luck (reply with any questions)
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Hi Admera

While it is a challenging industry, I can assure you that there are a huge variety of career paths available to those who are passionate and dedicated to pursuing their own professional development. If you love music and you want to pursue it as a career, it takes dedication and talent but you also need to have the business 'savviness' to approach it in a professional way.

At Echo Factory, for example, you don't have to have studied Music at College or Sixth Form as we look at you as an individual and aim to support all of our students in launching successful and sustainable careers regardless of whether they want to perform on-stage or work behind-the-scenes.

We believe that to really succeed in the music industry and have a long term career, it's important to understand both music AND business. That's why we pride ourselves on not teaching music in isolation and instead, really focus on helping our students gain real-world experience from Year One through a personalised, industry-focused, multi-genre approach aimed at developing you in line with your own unique career aspirations!

For our BMus (Hons) Contemporary Music Performance students, for example, we combine weekly one-to-one sessions offering tailored support and a heavy focus on creative collaboration to develop your musicianship to a high professional level alongside classes helping you hone the production techniques, business skills, and commercial understanding to help you launch your career before you graduate.

If you want to launch a career in the music industry but aren't sure where to begin or what career roles you could aim for, we'd be more than happy to help! You can access our Free and Unbiased Careers Advice Line by calling 0116 253 5657 to speak with a member of our team or by making an enquiry via our website HERE!

Alternatively, you can find out more about our degrees HERE!

I hope we can be of assistance!

All the best
Ashley
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