I have wanted to write about this for quite a while now because it is very close to my heart and it is about following your dreams instead of your parents’ or peers because that is what I did and I must say, it has been a hard couple of years because of having no support in what I chose to do – career wise but I do not regret it one bit.
In the Asian/Muslim culture, creative subjects are seen as something that will not give you a rather secure financial future and so it is often scrutinised. I have always loved the media ever since I was little and I knew I wanted to work in this industry. I was never an academic child. I loved creativity and subjects like music but that is seen as a negative thing in my culture.
Coming from a rather academic family, I was expected to choose a more academic subject to study at college and university but no, I chose to study a subject within the media because that is what I had a passion for.
I know a lot of people who love the arts but yet their parents wanted them to become a doctor, lawyer, teacher, accountant etc… and so they are pursuing that as a degree and not because they want to but they feel obliged to. Many parents in the Asian culture want their children to achieve what they themselves have not achieved when they were young and so I guess they think if their child achieves that, then it will make up for what they have not done and make them feel better about it.
Many people think that if you study a creative subject, it will not be a financial goldmine but the way I see it is why can it not be? If you truly have the passion for a certain subject and have the talents to do well in it, then why can you not earn as much as a doctor or a lawyer can?
I would really urge anyone, especially young people who’s parents are telling them to study a certain subject at college or university that you are not interested or passionate in, then please do not do it because in the long run, it will not do you any good. Do what you want to do whether it is English, Music, Art, Media, Photography etc…
I am not saying rebel against your parents., of course not. Sit them down, explain to them about what you really want to do and what opportunities there are in the future for you. Make them understand that it is not all bad.
At the end of the day, you have one life and you are living that life so you should do what you want to do. There is so much more to life than having a safe career. Go out there and follow your dreams.