I manage the website and social media for an organization that helps counselors and students.
A team of experts at my work creates cool resources for counselors and students, and I write about what they do so that we can share it on our website, social media, and more.
Once I found what I liked about my job, I did it for all sorts of places! My friends who are musicians or comedians had me help them promote their shows, and I used those writing and design samples in my portfolio to apply for jobs. This helped me specialize in tasks I actually wanted to do.
"I heard that skills like writing or designing led to job paths that were too competitive, and to find something more stable."
Now, both would have benefited me. I have caught up some by taking courses at my local community college. Given my major wasn't focused anyway -- I did general liberal arts subjects -- I wish I'd had the confidence to say, well, I'm going to study what I want and take the risk.