Accomplish August 2, 2018
“If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney
Don’t know what to do with your life? Look no further! ENTITY offers 21 bold and awesome career paths inspired by Disney Classics.
Technically, Walt Disney Classics is a very specific brand name that the company used in some of their original movies, like “Lilo & Stitch” and “Fantasia”. But here, we’ll refer to Disney Classics as animated movies that follow the traditional or “classic” Disney conventions. These conventions promote hard work, kindness and most importantly, following your dreams. Notice that these elements are also crucial for being successful and happy with your job.
So sit back, relax and get inspired for your next big career move!
Everyone knows how Snow White brought balance to the lives of seven disorganized men. If you feel a connection to this humble princess, you probably like bringing harmony to unstable spaces. In that case, Feng shui would be perfect for you.
Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice that is often called “the art of placement.” Feng Shui consultants help others find balance and improve well-being by identifying different ways to arrange objects. Study Chinese philosophy, emulate Snow White and bring harmony to the world!
What You Need: Online certification and strong marketing skills to establish your reputation.
Estimated Annual Salary: $82,450
Originally written by Italian writer Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio was portrayed as a wretched, ill-behaved boy who liked to cause trouble. In the Disney movie, however, Pinnochio’s story focuses mainly on the consequences of lying and the importance of being truthful.
Pinocchio learns his lesson, but real life is not a fairy tale. Many children lie because they don’t know how to deal with their inner conflict, fear and confusion. They might even have “Pinnochio Syndrome,” a term that some researchers have used to classify lying in the past. If you see yourself helping little ones sort out these mental issues, child and adolescent therapy might be for you.
What You Need: A Bachelor’s degree in counseling, social work and unconditional love for children.
Estimated Annual Pay: $74,910
Fantasia is so visually pleasing that it evokes the desire to make something huge and magical.
If you are a natural leader bubbling with ideas, then your Disney-Classics-inspired-career-path can lead you to creative directing. Creative directors work with designers, artists, copywriters, sales teams and marketers to create a vision for their products. They plan advertising, oversee the creative process and give guidance to the creative crew.
What You Need: Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) and 10+ years of experience working in a creative field.
Estimated Annual Pay: $133,839
This job is mostly in demand in Africa, where poaching still remains an enormous problem, according to African Wildlife Foundation.
The anti-poaching movement’s goal is to protect animal rights, but as an added benefit, it also creates volunteer opportunities. Rangers and volunteers of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation get actively involved with locals and schools. Many establishments fund visits to communities to talk about the consequences of poaching and how it affects the country’s economy.
If you think you’ve got what it takes, become an anti-poaching ranger for a summer.
Don’t let Bambi’s mom die!
What You Need: Special training.
Estimated Annual Pay: Unpaid. To learn how you can be a volunteer, go to Iapf.org.
Because who else knows more on falling down rabbit holes, entering magical worlds and encountering an assortment of various characters?
What You Need: Steel nerves. Lots of patience. And if you want to bolster your resume, a bachelor’s degree.
Estimated Annual Pay: $52,343
If matchmaking is your superpower, this one is for you! Just think about all those happy and thankful couples you could bring together.
What You Need: Bad-ass computer and entrepreneurial skills.
Estimated Annual Pay: At the beginning of a start-up, founding a company doesn’t pay much. In Silicon Valley during 2014, “66 percent of startup founders [paid] themselves less than $50,000 per year” according to The Next Web. But with hard work and persistence, you can get there!
Sleeping Beauty has a good work ethic and definitely can use some “liquid energy” in a mug. Go for this one if you are energetic, entrepreneurial and coffee-obsessed. And keep wishing on stars, because small coffee shops can lead to large coffee empires!
(Just don’t let Flora, Fauna and Merryweather anywhere near the kitchen.)
What You Need: Startup capital. Location. Licenses and permits. Name. Equipment and supplies. Insurance. Employees.
More on how to open a successful coffee shop here.
Estimated Annual Pay: Like dating app founders, new coffee shop CEOs should pay themselves around $50,000 or less. But hang in there, and it could be much more later on!
So you love animals. You know what to do with a needle and a thread. And you like to dress yourself and your friends in cruelty-free outfits.
Then you might have a career in vegan couture! With plant-based food on the rise, it makes sense that animal rights also extend to clothing. Together, we can make veganism the future of fashion. In your face, Cruella De Vil!
What You Need: An endless source of inspiration. A Bachelor’s degree in fashion also can’t hurt.
Estimated Annual Pay: $67,326
It’s exhausting and dangerous, but it’s also empowering, ground-breaking and meaningful. See the world, experience different cultures, and get to know all the Baloos and Bagheeras of the world!
What You Need: “National Geographic photographers have college degrees in a variety of disciplines. Most did not major in photography, but all took photo courses. The most common majors have been journalism, anthropology, sociology or psychology, fine arts, and sciences,” the NatGeo website states.
Estimated Pay: “National Geographic photographers are all independent contractors. That means that their contracts cover one story at a time. The editorial rate in the U.S. is about $400-$500 per day,” writes Joel Sartore, a National Geographic photographer and speaker, on his website.
Robin Hood took the money from the rich and gave it to the poor. In other words, he was quite charitable. And in today’s money-driven world, philanthropy and non-profit organizations are especially important. Fundraising is what makes a nonprofit stay afloat. So if you are a nimble networker with the ability to create connections to potential and existing donors, you can be a Robin Hood of your time!
What You Need: Bachelor’s degree. However, some positions may also require a Master’s degree, in addition to 5+ years of work experience as a fundraiser.
Estimated Annual Pay: $49,955
Winnie is a foodie, philosopher, social butterfly, creative personae, adventurer, networking guru…The list goes on. Clearly, Winnie would make an awesome lifestyle blogger. So can you!
What You Need: A laptop computer and a lot of free time on your hands. It would help to have influential friends who will promote your brand.
Estimated Monthly Pay: “Some make $1,000 per month. A few make over $50,000 per month. A very small few make $100,000 per month. There is an even smaller few making 1,000,000 or more per month,” according to Create and Go.
12 The Little Mermaid (1989)
If you swim constantly, maybe you were meant to be born with a fishtail instead of two feet. And if you’re also adventurous, then scuba diving might be for you! A scuba career is the best way to live “under the sea,” as Sebastian famously sings.
What you need: Certification. You can find more information about scuba-diving certificates and schools here.
Estimated Annual Pay: $20,783 – $56,424
Sommelier is a fancy name for wine expert, and just like Belle, this profession was born in France. If you have an in-depth knowledge and a great understanding of wine, becoming a sommelier might be for you. Join the “culinary cabaret” and prosper as a vino nerd!
To learn how to pursue this dream job fit for a Disney Classics fairy tale, visit the Culinary Institute of America’s website.
What You Need: “No degree is needed to work as a sommelier, though a sommelier or culinary arts in wine technology associate’s degree helps with career advancement. Optional certification is available from sommelier organizations. Additionally, most sommelier positions require previous experience,” reports study.com.
Estimated Annual Pay: $78,000 (for an “Advanced Sommelier”)
Princess Jasmine is not afraid to stand up to her father’s evil adviser and change oppressive laws. She is intuitive, headstrong and persuasive. And most importantly, she is an effective negotiator, which is one of the most important qualities for a diplomat to posses. If this sounds like you, it’s time to check out diplomacy.state/gov for advice and information.
What You Need: Learn.org advises pursuing “an associate’s, Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in history, political science, economics, business, communications, a foreign language, international affairs or another appropriate major in the humanities.”
Estimated Annual Pay: $30,000-100,000
Besides the fact that she shows us some serious female power, Pocahontas also cares a great deal about the planet. If you have been recycling since you were two, environmentalism could become your life calling.
What You Need: Health and safety engineers must have a Bachelor’s degree, typically in environmental health and safety or in an engineering discipline.
Estimated Annual Pay: $77, 317
Although the Disney adaptation gives Esmeralda her happily ever after with Phoebus, the original novel by Victor Hugo gives the poor girl a public execution. Sly, smart and compassionate, she certainly deserves a chance to be avenged. If you want justice for all, a career in law will untie your hands.
What You Need: J.D. degree.
Estimated Annual Pay: $113,749
If you are as fearless and adventurous as Mulan, give travel writing a try. Travel writers have one of the awesomest gigs to ever exist. Who wouldn’t want to explore the world and give reviews?
The best part? Travel writers can write on anything—ski resorts, yoga retreats, beach resorts, hotels, Airbnbs, safaris, markets, shopping, real estate, airlines, nightlife, culture, art, food and ecotourism are merely a few of hundreds of article topics available. The trick is to find a unique angle on the experience.
What You Need: A bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field is preferred. However, it’s not required as long as you are a skillful writer infected with the travel bug.
Estimated Annual Pay: $45,925
If you have Tiana’s passion for good food and Emil Zola’s talent to describe it in writing, then you simply must learn how to become a food critic!
What You Need: Top-notch writing skills, knowledge appropriate to the industry and a bottomless stomach.
Estimated Annual Pay: $65,873
The technology and cyber security industry are always on a lookout for safety specialists. If you are as tech-savvy as Stitch, look into it!
“An ethical hacker must be a computer systems expert and needs to have very strong programming and computer networking skills. An ethical hacker needs to have a lot of patience, persistence, and perseverance to try again and again and wait for the required result,” states tutorialspoint.com.
What You Need: Work experience in Information Technology. In addition, you must pass the Certified Ethical Hacker exam.
Estimated Annual Pay: $106, 064
Rapunzel is a spirited, witty girl with an aggravated understanding of beauty. She loves to draw, and she loves art!
If you are an awfully clumsy daydreamer who doodles on everything from Starbucks napkins to the walls in your room, then like Rapunzel, you can also be an artist.
What You Need: You don’t need formal education to pursue art. Just take out your watercolors, paint the world and show your work on social media!
Yep, it’s a thing! Imagine impressing your friends and the LinkedIn community with this “Frozen” job title!
Ice cream tasters are also known as taste masters, food scientists or flavorologists. A tester has to test sample after sample and assess the ice cream on appearance, smell, taste and texture. They also create and develop new flavors and products. The Snow Queen Elsa would be great at it!
What You Need: “Earn a university degree with an emphasis on food science (dairy), business (product development) or chemistry. Include marketing courses in brand management in your studies,” recommends Career Trends magazine.
Estimated Annual Pay: $56,000
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