I produce events and television.
Lots of time planning with my business partner and our team. Lots of meetings with creative directors, artists, musicians, historians and people in the entertainment industry. Lots of presentations to clients, government, media, etc.
A lot of our business is based on helping people visualize something that is not yet real. That requires research, creativity, and great presentation skills.
Here's the first step for college students
If you are organized, resourceful, hard working, a good researcher with a curious mind... and you don't mind a job that will take over your life for a while, you will probably have a good career in production. The next generation is so fluent with technology, presentations, video editing, etc. All of those skills are very helpful in the process of making an idea into reality.
"You'll never live up to your parents' success in school."
My parents are academics through and through, and my sister was a nationally ranked debater. I was always the black sheep in the family, and I struggled in school under the weight of living up to what I thought was their expectations. It wasn't until I got kicked out of school (twice) for bad grades and wound up in community college that I decided to focus on school for my own reasons. Once I had ownership of it, everything changed. I got into Berkeley, and ultimately graduated with honors.
I don't think I had a very strong sense of self worth. I presented an image, but inside I was very insecure. It's been an ongoing search to find my voice, and to stand in front of people with confidence in who I am and what I stand for.