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I have so many interests, how can i decide what to pursue for a career?

I think of myself as a jack of all trades and king of nothing. It's almost time for me to send college apps, I need to think of what to do soon. #high-school


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Gary’s Answer

Hi,
Good question...you have a good answer above but I wanted to add another as well.
I have had good experience with something called Myer Briggs and personality type...you can search for this online and there are free assessments you can take online too. Once you have your type, which is a four letter code, you can search online for careers that are good for your type...example, ISFJ means that I am Introverted, Sensing, Feeling and Judging.


http://www.keirsey.com/sorter/register.aspx


The Keirsey Temperament Sorter®-II (KTS®-II) is the most widely used personality instrument in the world. It is a powerful 70 question personality instrument that helps individuals discover their personality type. The KTS-II is based on Keirsey Temperament Theory™, published in the best selling books, Please Understand Me® and Please Understand Me II, by Dr. David Keirsey.


Good luck!


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Natalia’s Answer

Hi Natalie!


Thanks so much for your question! I think this is similar to some other questions we have, so maybe reading the responses to those will help?


https://careervillage.org/questions/6626/what-career-would-fit-me-best


https://careervillage.org/questions/7691/how-do-i-decide-which-career-is-best-for-me


If you think your question is different maybe edit it to make it more specific or ask a new question!


Natalia


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George’s Answer

You have some excellent responses above, Natalie. I'd like to mention that some colleges and universities have started using similar assessments in the admissions process to those Gary mentioned. When you are researching institutions, try to find out if the college or university on your radar offers these types of assessments in the admission process.


Having a diverse set of interests is a great thing, Natalie. You might be feeling a little anxious right now, but know that your wide range of interests will benefit you later in life. My advice is to make a list of the professions you are most interested in and seek out people working in those fields. Talk to them. If you can, see If you can shadow them for a day.


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