4 Degrees to Augment Your Creative Powers

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4 Degrees to Augment Your Creative PowersAn article by contributor Anica Oaks.

Creativity is a valued trait in students as well as employees in a variety of careers. Creative people are innovative, think on their feet, and readily find solutions to problems. In school, creative individuals enjoy courses that are both challenging while still appealing to their intuitive and “out-of-the-box thinking. There are a number of majors and corresponding careers that contain these elements, and can help hone your creative skills for your future endeavors.

1. Creative Writing

If you have a way with words, then a degree in creative writing can give you the skills and competitive edge to compete in the literary world. Many creative writing programs will offer concentrations in fiction and nonfiction or other writing forms. If you would like to break into the world of journalism, then a nonfiction concentration will definitely help you hone your skills. Many schools have even begun offering creative writing degrees online at the bachelors, masters, and sometimes even doctorate level. Any career that requires excellent written and verbal communication skills will benefit from a creative writing degree.

2. Web Design

If you are artistically and technologically inclined, then a degree in web design is right up your alley. Web designers may work for private design firms, or freelance on their own. A web design curriculum will involve courses in graphic arts, digital publishing, and web animation and focus on skills where technology and art meet. Web designers need an eye for design as well as functionality. Creativity is necessary in this career.

3. Electrical Engineering

While engineering is not traditionally thought of as being among the more creative careers, creativity is actually central to an engineer’s design-centric projects. Electrical engineers are responsible for creating and improving electrical systems, and every single job will be different and have its own quirks and difficulties. The creative endeavors of engineers are easily recognized in automotive engines and even medical equipment. Engineers work in a variety of areas including corporate and private firms, as well as government and nonprofit agencies. A master’s in electrical engineering is a great degree for the creative, but practical among us.

4. Architecture

Architects design buildings. They are responsible for making them structurally sound as well as visually appealing and functional. They take courses in art, physics, and construction principles. They usually work for architecture or construction firms. Some will even work for government agencies. It is a creative discipline that incorporates a practical and visual element.

This is just a sampling of the numerous degrees out there to augment your creative skills. It doesn’t matter if you are a true artist, an innovator, or have a penchant for ergonomics, there is a creative career that will showcase your talents. Explore some of these options to find the perfect creative career for you.

Anica Oaks is a freelance writer and web enthusiast. You can find more of her published work on her Google+ page.

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Esme Smith

Esme received her M.A. In Counseling from St. Edward's University, and worked with students at Concordia University Texas' Career Center. She developed a passion for Career Counseling after leaving undergrad without much guidance, and grappling with unsatisfying work. She strives to help others bridge the gap between graduation and "the real world."

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