I recently attended a small family gathering where I was peripherally involved in a discussion between my sister and her daughter “Kim”. Kim is in her second year of college and has no real career path in mind. When asked what she wanted out of life, she said that she wants a secure if fairly modest income that is not hugely dependent on her physical location. She wants enough time and enough money to enable her to travel. Going into “the office” two, maybe three times a week could work if there is significant flexibility on the exact hours and days on site. Spending five or six days in the office every week, ad infinitum has been flatly rejected.
She asked me what I thought but I had no meaningful answer for her. Obviously a strong computer background is essential but beyond that, I had nothing. “Learn computer thingy, know all about zeros, ones too if have time.” was about all I could say.
One career that she has flatly rejected was anything related to traditional journalism. Yes, you get to travel, on someone else’s dime even. Unfortunately, you’re traveling on their schedule to places that are usually infested by IEDs, parasites and politicians. It’s also doubtful it would meet here career security needs.
What college major and career path would you suggest for Kim?