This is a question I’ve been asking myself like a million times during last two years. I’m a super creative person who loves money and everything it offers to my life. I also love writing, photography, hosting events and that kind of stuff.
At the moment I’m doing two degrees, Medicine and Bachelor of Marketing & Management (Jus, and have two jobs both in area of premium retail for two different US brands. And of course in addition I’m working with my blog, exercising and writing a book. That’s quite a lot of things to do simultaneously for one person. Problem is that I more or less like all things I do and I’m good in all of them. However in a long run I think it could be wiser to concentrate on 1-3 of them.
Actually only things that I’m sure about what I want are: I want to move back to the United States and I want to be able to travel before and after that. I want to get a good salary and a nice house. And I’d like to do long hours with something I really enjoy.
The problem is that to be honest I’m more passionate to social media, brands and marketing than medicine. However I’m also passionate to some specific medical specialties like plastic surgery, area which is creative and which would easily offer me hundreds of thousands a year. However before that I should study 3.5 years more here in Finland, then shine in USMLE exams to get licensed to the US and then I should start specializing which basically means 50-70 hours a week of medical training. Then I should leave most of the other things and concentrate on that for plenty of years. I could graduate to plastic surgeon around 2030.
But if I choose economics, blogging and writing I would graduate in two years and then I could move abroad straight away. However this path might offer me significantly less money. Yes, you can get like 100-200k$ a year if you’re, let’s say marketing manager, but as a surgeon you’ll automatically earn double or more. I would be so happy if social media related job and writing could offer me a good income. It’s though very unsure and unstable field. There are millions of bloggers and most of them don’t make even hundreds a month by writing. There are too many people studying marketing. And the jobs in field of business can partly be automated in future.
I would not like to kill myself with all that studying med requires but will I regret if I quit the school and in ten years I realize that being creative isn’t paying me my dream house? Uncertainty is the challenge when thinking that more creative option even thought it’s my passion.
What would you do?
Would you do medicine that’s just fine and super well-payed? Or would you follow your heart to economics and some with the risk of uncertainty and possibly lower income?
Edit (12th April 2018): I’m carrying on the medicine faculty to make some money with it. Also, I’m working with economics courses and I have applied for an official 2nd major from marketing & management. I also started a company around photography and writing in addition to my job. I’m super busy yet happy at the moment. Here is my plan towards my dreams (click to the post)