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Is my son's career viable?

Published:Tuesday | May 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Q My son has decided that he wants to be a cartoonist. Is this a viable job? Where would he be trained?

A Cartoonists are widely used internationally, and he could receive training at any institution that offers an art programme of study. In the meanwhile, let him copyright his work and send to newspapers to see if they show an interest. He may even start earning before he finishes studying.

Q My son is willing to work and study to earn his high school diploma. He sat out due to family problems when he was 15 years old. Now at 19, he is ready again. I can find the first term's money. Should I let him start?

A Talk with the principal of the school and see if he can work to help with his tuition and school expenses. He may be asked to work in the tuck shop and with the cleaning staff. If he is truly willing, then he should not mind completing tasks that will help him progress in life.

Q I am very interested in pursuing a degree in counselling. My school counsellor says that I am too young to consider counselling. Is there an age limit? I am 17 years old and will graduate from sixth form this year.

A You are not too young to consider counselling as a career. As you study at the undergraduate level, you may find other areas in mental health that may be even more exciting.

Best wishes on your journey of discovery!

Orlean Brown-Earle, PhD, is a child psychologist and family therapist. Dr Brown-Earle works with children with learning and behavioural problems throughout the island and in the Caribbean. Email questions to or send to Ask the Doc, c/o The Gleaner Company, 7 North Street, Kingston. Responses to concerns are to be considered as general, as cases shared with psychologists privately would be queried more deeply. Pray always!