Follow your heart's desire and you will never work in your lifetime. Considering that the majority of young people today believe in this statement, should the college students pursue subjects that interest them rather than the courses that seem most likely to lead to jobs? Although our society records a list of new millionaires and billionaires every year from doing what they love, the truth is, we do not have the numbers of the people who got broke from doing what they love.
According to educationaldata.org, It is estimated that for the 2019-2020 academic year, there will be a total of 3,898,000 college graduates in the United States alone. Out of these massive numbers of graduating students, how many of them can rise to the occasion like Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg or create a business like Netflix for instance. Optimistically projecting, if one third or even half them may succeed and earn a living from doing what they love, the question is, how about the other half? Preparing a backup plan is also important as following your heart's desire. Taking courses that will lead you to a job is like buying insurance - hopefully, you will not need it but it is substantial to have it. - "Not all the applicants in the NBA Draft will get drafted in the draft day"
Regardless of your country, nationality, age, and gender, the threat of unemployment, recessions, and bankruptcies may always strike its possibilities. How can a musician, painter, engineer, doctor, or even an entrepreneur survive if their career along the way gets unstable?
However, waking up every day doing what you are passionate about as well as making a living out of it is the best-case scenario, and it is humanly possible by hard work and with fierce determination.
In the year 1816, a 7-year-old boy and his family were forced out of their home. The boy had to work at an early age to support his family. Furthermore, he put up his first business in 1831, but it failed. A year later, he ran for the state legislature but he lost. Moreover, unfortunate things continued to happen, he lost his job, he wanted to go to law school and he could not get in.
In 1833, he borrowed money from a friend to start a new business and by the end of that year, he was bankrupt and he spent 17 years of his life paying off his debt. In 1835, he was engaged and soon to be married but the love of his life died from typhoid fever. A year later, he had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months. In the year 1838, he sought to become a speaker of the state legislature but he lost.
Two years after, he sought to become an elector and he lost again. In 1843 and 1848, he ran for Congress twice, however, the losing streak continues to hurt him. In 1849, he sought a job in his home state, and yet he was rejected. Furthermore, being extremely persistent, he ran for the Senate of the United States in 1854, and as usual, he lost again. In the year 1856, he sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party's national convention but he only got less than 100 votes. In 1858, when he ran again for U.S. Senate but he lost again.
Finally, in the year 1860, he ran for U.S. Presidency and became the 16th president of the United States, who is he? Abraham Lincoln. Doing what you love will not guarantee success but it can ameliorate a favorable outcome.
Taking subjects that will lead to jobs is a safer choice, but that should not stop anyone to run after their dreams. Use the resources around as a stepping stone and the opportunity will follow.