School and if it really helps or not is up to the person. I did six years in a Trade school for Commercial Art. I almost starved to death, Wrong skill in the wrong place. I did manage to have a good long career in retail just because I was a fast learner and willing to do what it took. I ended with twenty plus years in management and a pension that now helps support me after my disability came on full force. If I had not tried art as a life I would regret it, if I had moved to another part of the country I might have made it. If I had not tried retail and liked it it would have not worked out either. If your not willing to Do what it takes it really does not matter one way or the other if school was part of it. I managed people with much more education in retail than I ever had but I had the will to do the job. The will to go to school and Use what you learn is up to everyone. I could have went to New York and worked in art all my life, the job was offered. I did not have the will to start all over in a new place.
Rambling on from a person that has done three career’s but was only trained for one.
...yup, I know how that goes.
In primary and secondary school I was into the hard sciences as my dream was to be an astronomer. Unfortunately like most childhood dreams, that wasn’t really all that practical, especially when you grew up in the heavily unionised “Rust Belt”
Oh, I also studied art, as drawing and painting came quite naturally to me. However, that too was considered more a frivolous hobby. than a lifetime career. Besides artists were always portrayed as being a little on the “eccentric” side.
So I continued to focus on math and physics in preparation for engineering school (aeronautical) . Just before graduating, the 70s recession and cancellation of the US SST programme threw the first of many curve balls. A.E.s were being laid off left and right and Seattle (where Boeing who I wanted to work for was HQ’d) was rapidly becoming a ghost town.
The recession also pretty much did in the most of the heavy industry in Great Lakes region as well. Union membership was no longer the security blanket most took for granted for generations.
So I fell back on that “frivolous” hobby along with new found interests in theatre and music. I went to school with the thought of going into teaching. That didn’t last long as school systems, forced to pare their budgets, usually ended up cutting art, music, and drama offerings.
After several years of floundering around between jobs and going back to school (where I began taking programming courses). I landed a position with a cutting edge multimedia development firm which had incredible promise. That was until it was taken over by a totally clueless moron who believed this new “information superhighway being touted would go nowhere and summarily ran the company into the ground through bad decision making. We could have been both Google and Mozilla combined as we pioneered search engine and interactive UI development. We were “that bleedin close” (...ah well, so much for that 1962 Mercedes 300D Adenauer I was eying).
Finally ended up at the company I have been with for 17 years in the capacities of an account manager and digital print administrator.
Yeah, a half century+ journey can really have some odd twists and turns that take you to a place you never imagined.