So I'm going school for a fine art degree, and I think I'd love to go straight through and get an MFA to teach art/art history at the college level. (Right now I am at a small community college and starting to look into where I can/should transfer.) I'm about to start into my second year and I'm already having doubts about being able to get the job I want. I would change majors if I knew some other area would be more in demand when it comes time to actually get hired, but the other areas I'm interested in are things like french, english, humanities... and if I switch to one of those I feel like there wouldn't be any option other than teaching. If I stick with art, I can eventually concentrate on something that would be beneficial in case I *don't* end up teaching.
Ack! I hate this feeling of not even having a clear plan. If I had a supportive partner, I might not feel so unsure. Since the supporting of my family rests solely on my shoulders though, I feel like I need some sort of guarantee that what I'm doing will lead to a career that will provide both financial stability and fulfillment/happiness for me.
I have so many questions!!! So, if you are a professor, what did it take to get into that career? I feel like I have no idea what I need to be thinking about ahead of time... what do colleges look for when they hire??? How does one get into some sort of assistant teaching position? When I transfer, should I look for places with master's programs so I can do that and not transfer again? Or is it better to have a BFA at one place then the MFA from somewhere else?
Anyone further along in this journey than I am.... does it seem very competitive?