by Torski Dobson-Arnold
I’m writing on behalf of my younger brother who is 21 years old and hasn’t yet graduated from college. He has been losing interest in his studies. He loves working part-time as a DJ and has been working in that field for the past four years and he’s pretty good. But the family realizes that his career in DJ-ing is not going to last long as he is already struggling. We are trying to convince him to complete his education, which is very hard for him to do because he is an introvert by nature. I have even tried to brainstorm with him about different types of jobs he might like, but he only wants to be a DJ. We tried to convince him that he needs to make a few compromises but he feels strongly about what he is and is not interested in. He is an average student. He hates accounting, but loves music.
Could you suggest a few career options that would suit him? What does he need to study to find a “real” job after college? Your advice would be greatly appreciated.
Dear Big Sis,
Since he is a young adult, no one else has the right to decide what is “right” for your brother. I can certainly empathize as a sibling as to how distressing it can be to try and help steer him in a direction that matches his skills and talents. You mentioned that he loves being a DJ. Has he ever thought about contracting his services within restaurants for an ongoing contractual karaoke night? How about getting listed in wedding directories for potential bridal showers and wedding receptions?
At this point, even if what he loves to do doesn’t pay all the bills, I would encourage him to continue to do what he loves as a side gig and think about another creative line of work for his full time gig. Have you made the suggestion that he focus his college studies on teaching music to children at a local daycare or school? What about offering music lessons on a particular instrument he plays well? He could maybe become a wedding singer if he has the vocals for it.
As non-conventional as this career track may appear to you and me, being a DJ is important to your brother and it’s important for you to support him. Young people need the support and encouragement to pursue their dreams at all costs, particularly when they are not bogged down with financial responsibilities and debt as of yet. Jobs will always be there, but if you find what you love to do and find a way to make money doing it, you’ll never work a day in your life.
Wishing nothing but success in all of your brother’s career endeavors,
Torski Dobson-Arnold, Your Career Confidence Coach
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