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Thanks for all the ideas everyone! I edited because I realized I am being too specific for internet but thanks for ideas, it gave us a good start.

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Plugging in Artistic-Social-Investigative (top 3 of the 6 interest areas for a "Holland Code") yields some ideas:

Childcare Worker
Preschool or Kindergarten Teacher
Art/Drama/Music Teacher
School Guidance Counselor
Interpreter/Translator
Multimedia Artist
Recreational Therapist
Art Therapist

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Don't count out working in a library!

I actually made that mistake myself. I love books and was an English major, but even though I am an introvert, I thought working in a library would be too quiet. So I worked in publishing and then bookstores instead. Then I got a job in the library, and it was my favorite position. If I could turn back time, I would tell my college self to go to library school.

There can be a lot of interaction in libraries, not only with patrons, but also among the staff. Librarians can be quite chatty, actually. The staff at my library was a friendly bunch and very social, not only during breaks, but also when working together at a desk or in meetings.

Also, librarians can spend quite a bit of time answering questions over the phone. And teach classes to patrons. Libraries are not the shushing, be quiet kind of places that they used to be. When you enter a room of the library, it may seem quiet, sure, overall. But there are a lot of conversations going on, both with patrons and with other staff. And collaboration on projects of various sorts.

I found it to be a great balance. I did lots of customer service -- lots. Both regular customers that we got to know by name, and new people every day. I had opportunities to read new books, in order to stay up on what is current. I did research for patrons on a wide variety of interesting questions. I got to create programs and projects of my own.

Plus, you can specialize in certain types of research and become a law library specialist, or a business specialist, or a medical library specialist, or a geneaologist, just to name a few. There are many choices, and I never really knew that before I started working in the library system.

 

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Thanks! I think she just really didn't enjoy it, even though she knows that libraries are not in general quiet places anymore especially where we live which is very "progressive" in this case, in the good sense of the word. 🙂  She has ruled out LIbrary Science as a master's degree because of her LD....her old idea was just to get an English degree and then work her way up in the system, which is what she was told was usually how it's done nowadays.  People generally start out as a page, then a clerk, and on and on like so. 🙂 I'll mention it to her, that perhaps once she is older and hired to  deal with more customer service she may enjoy it more. ...but I think it's actually a good thing that she ruled it out for now. She didn't like it and that's that, to me. 🙂

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What does she want out of life in general?  Does she want to get married, have kids, be a soccer mom?  Or does she want to be single, travel the world?  Does she want to live in an apartment in a big city on the coast, or does she want to own a home with land out in the midwest?  Does she have any sorts of thoughts about life at 25, at 30, at 40, etc?

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....maybe or maybe not husband and kids. Not her biggest priority in life....  I don't want to be too specific about that sort of thing on the internet....so other than personality traits that's all I feel comfortable sharing 🙂

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8 minutes ago, Calming Tea said:

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Well, you certainly don't have to share. 🙂  I only ask the questions because sometimes life goals can help to direct career goals.   Some life goals may dictate that certain careers might not be the best choice or which careers might be better choices.  

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Have you done "What my color parachute for Teens" book?  That book asks the same questions and more that Happysmileylady was asking.  

We are doing this book with ds this year.

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