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Recommendations for courses

  • 6 April 2021
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Hello Everyone, 

My name is Mariko. I am a fulltime employee as a Test Administrator in Japan. I recently was introduced to take courses on Coursera to possibly have a career change. My current work profession has no developmental work or any way to further my career and only really just pays the bills and gives me no motivation. I graduated university in September of 2019 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts (that is what my degree states.) I managed to get a job thru a recruitment company after a full year of interviews and information sessions and here I am almost 2 years in and just feeling unsatisfied. 

As far as skills I have currently, my strongest is my bilingual ability. I landed this job because I knew Japanese and English. 

I’ve always been more of a person who was artistic and seems things visually. I loved doing things like art or even reading. I have been told that my dreams I had (the unconscious while asleep ones) was to be a writer because of how creative and crazy and unique they are. (apparently stephen king wrote about his nightmares and became successful do not know if this is a fact or not) But i really any trying to find something that will help me find a job or a career that really suits me and i have yet to find that. 


My question is: Does anyone have a good course recommendation that focuses on my visual personality per say? Even ideas for a career is great too..

I have just been struggling to get a start because I do not see myself working this position too long 


Anything helps. 



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@Marikopauling , you have many talents that might help your career.

No matter what job you have, you can write and engage in art. Perhaps you can write and illustrate a children’s book and independently publish it to begin with. 
I had a long and wonderful career as a teacher. With your bilingual skills, this might be a career to consider. Being an ESL teacher ( English a second language) might be an excellent choice. Any way you can get students to learn a language makes this a very creative job. You can create art projects and writing projects to stimulate others, while teaching them English. My friend and I collaborated on a chapter for an ESL book . We created a unit called “Bridges to Peace” which showed how to create peaceful consciousness with students through the arts. You would get so much satisfaction by doing this as well as would constantly challenge your skills.

Coursera has many creative writing course people have enjoyed….The Craft of Plot, for example is one. 
Start fulfilling yourself now by engaging in the arts you love. I hope this gives you some good ideas. Best of success to you.

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Thank you so much for the input! 

I have had experiences in teaching and I do really love writing. In high school, I worked at a local tutoring company and had to help students with math and reading. During university I interned at a public relations firm and most of my work was translating text ( which was my most favorite work) so that is something to look into.

This helps so much!

Thanks again!

Hi Mariko. If you are planning a career shift, I warmly suggest you the course Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential - Coursera aimed at providing you with the mental tools to face a completely new job environment.

(How to evaluate a course before subscribing: Course page > Syllabus > Week 1 » click on the first item and it opens a Preview mode)

I appreciate @Judith's suggestion, in particular I believe Theatre to be the most complete way to stimulate creativity along with pragmatic knowledge (from Scenography to Budget management and of course, working with Texts). If I become a teacher, that will be surely be my reference. 

As for dreams and creativity, in my teens I used to paint my fantastic dreams, which took me to obtain a special Jury mention right off, without ever having studied painting, while piling up an impressive "to-paint" list and chaining myself to my Surrealist project;

However during the years, I had to realize that this project was only about the dream's "golden surface" without really digging in their meaning. 

In particular, I had a dream of an angel that made me focus on it, making me enter the dreams' logic -- also thanks to my studies on clouds as recursive shapes, so that I guessed how to go back to the originary meaning.

Since 2007 I interpret my dreams everyday and I think the most important meaning is  Contemplation, the ability to observe things without forcing to learn "what we suppose to learn" ( bias), which also implies to be open to change.