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What about the job market?

While I see the validity of Robinson's talk, I am concerned that if we encourage the youth to pursue artsy careers they may end up in financial trouble. I am currently a freshman in college and I see firsthand that the majors such as dance, music, etc., are extremely hard to become successful in. The best paying jobs lie within engineering, technology, and mathematics.

Questions to consider: Can there be a balance between academics and arts? Is fulfilling your passion more important than financial security?


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    Mar 6 2013: While we wait to move it; I'll say that as an adult you can pursue whatever thing you want, within limits. However, you need to know that you'll probably have to wait tables while becoming the next Picasso and probably will never be financially independant at your craft.
    To be honest, I am torn....I know a couple people who left well-paying jobs tp "follow their dream", leaving their partner to suddenly pick up the slack and causing a downward shift in their lifestyle. I find that very selfish. On the other hand, I think killing all your dreams forever is a horrible way to live...
    • Mar 6 2013: Thanks for your comment Michael! I completely agree with you. And this is my concern with Robinson's arguments. I feel that academics should still have a precedence over the arts because when our kids are entering the work force, its a cruel reality awaiting them. Perhaps picking up a hobby on the side could help with the balance?

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