I am an incoming freshman (Undeclared) with interests in Civil Engineering, Environmental Policy, Biostatistics, Data Science, Sociology, Public Health, Entrepreneurship, Product Design, Network Administration, and Financial Analyst & Planning. I am exploring different career possibilities so I would like to get a peek into everyone's daily life. Any highlights in these careers? Is job prospect and salary important (of course happiness is my #1 priority though)
I am a business analyst at Airbnb. My favourite part of my job is being the liaison between our data science teams, engineering teams and the business unit. Everyone is very talented in different ways and so I get to interact with a bit of everything everyday. It is very interesting.
Your question includes very differing specialities. This this will narrow down as you go through university. I would suggest when thinking about your career to; yes, do something that makes you happy/enjoy but look for a profession that is in demand and is not likely to be phased out in the near future. Data professions are great.
The most important thing that you can do is to find out what you might love best about a job in a specific career aera and factor that into planning for your career. Here are some steps that have helped many to make such a decision:
get to know yourself to see how your personality traits might match with career areas to see how they match with successful people in those areas
pursue face to face interpersonal networking opportunities with people in those career areas to determine if you are making a decision that will allow you to become involved in a situation that you will find to be comfortable and satisfying and productive for you.
Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want
to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips:
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It sounds like you have quite an interesting set of interests and curiosity-- follow them!
Think about exploring ways that you could develop technical skills to use at an intersection of your interests-- for example data science for environmental policy, or taking a sociological approach to public health and social determinants of health, etc. Surely there are lots of ways. Talk to people you think are doing interesting work and ask them how they got there.
I work as a human-centered designer to develop financial products and services to serve high needs populations (low to moderate income borrowers, rural borrowers, etc.). My favorite part of my job is conducting qualitative research to learn more about the needs and desires of the individuals I'm designing for and being encouraged to use a creative approach to solving complex problems.
Human-centered design was a super helpful framework for me to think about solving all sorts of problems in different sectors-- as long as a problem involves humans, and they almost always do, I think it's a helpful framework. If you want to try it out, I recommend the free Acumen course: https://www.plusacumen.org/courses/introduction-human-centered-design
Beyond just work and salary, I'd recommend thinking about the kind of life that you want to live and the kind of person that you want to be-- what are your values and how do you want to live them? What are you curious about and what do you still need to explore? What social problems do you want to contribute to solving or making progress on? Who are the important people in your life that you want to make time to be near? What goals do you have for yourself outside of work and how can you build a career that will allow you to achieve them?
Keep following your curiosity and I'm sure it will turn out well! Wishing you all the best.
I love the question that you asked! I work for Verizon as a Account Manager of Indirect Distribution. I have been in this role for 12 years. I have the pleasure of working with many different people in many different areas. My job allows me to have the flexibility of making my own schedule. This allows me to have both work and family life. Having a work/life balance to me is so critical. I have the ability to help make a difference without the pressure of the firing side of the business. I train, lead, assist, help, give opinions etc and help other leaders maximize there business. It took me many years of working for Verizon before I found this side of the business to realize what I really was missing. Once I found this side of the business my life changed and for the better. I then realized exactly what was missing and what I really wanted to do. Making sure that you find what suites you and what makes you happy is vital in my opinion. Just because it might not be with the first job or career path you take does not mean that it is not with that company. It might just be that you have not found the side of the company that you are looking for!
I work as a Cyber Security consultant, right from my college days designing, planning were areas I loved to do. I also love to explore new technologies and can get bored easily. My current role is to work on projects mostly involving new technologies, I design & implement cyber security solutions and because these engagements are typically 3-6months I keep learning new things. Thats what I love the most!
I hope you also find a job that you love. All the best!
I am a Product Owner for the Collateral applications at Fannie Mae and I enjoy the balance of being involved with the business requirements and business process along with working with the technical team to enhance our company's applications. It is rewarding to see the final results being used by end users once the production deployment is successful.
I am a Design Thinking Instructor at Fannie Mae. Here's a definition from IDEO University (https://www.ideou.com/pages/design-thinking):
Design thinking utilizes elements from the designer's toolkit like empathy and experimentation to arrive at innovative solutions. By using design thinking, you make decisions based on what future customers really want instead of relying only on historical data or making risky bets based on instinct instead of evidence
If you're interested in sociology, product/service design, or strategy I'd highly recommend the design field. There are many different types of roles such as Designer Strategist, Design Researcher, UX Designer, etc.
My most enjoyable part of the career is the people. I can do all the exciting projects but if I don't find people being supportive and fun I won't enjoy my job as much.
Job prospect is important, you would want to feel that you have an opportunity to grow in that field.
There are always highs and lows at work, there's no ideal position or place. It all comes down to what your priorities are. And priorities always change too as you progress in life and career, so don't worry too much on positioning yourself based on what others feel or view, at the end of the day you will decide what is important to make you grow as a person.
As a network engineer, I like to solve problems and I also know that I like this because I love math and solving logical problems so that leads to me solving the complex network troubleshooting issues. Being the network engineer we have to be patience in analyzing the issues and we should be more active all over the troubleshooting because if we miss any small thing, it may lead to a huge business impact as all the employee/business relies on communicating each other.
I hope this will be helpful in providing you the analogy to choose the best job based on your interest.
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I love helping people. Customer service is what I do. I work withtwo companys doing research and own two others one is Finance where I educate people who needs to get out of debt and needs to be financial free. Then I’m a Art Agent where I help Artist fine places to display their art. The other company is called Genus is Common where you do a video telling about yourself and what your Genus is so other like yourself would know you are already a Genus. I tell people about it. So you see everything I do is Customer Service.
Ultimately it comes down to who you will spend your time with as it is likely you will spend more time with colleagues than with your family so for me I enjoy the work culture and team camaraderie the most. To give you a more specific example I was working in my area of interest but the work culture was terrible - there was no trust in the senior leadership and you weren't given the resources to do your job. I have since moved to another role where the work itself is not as challenging but I truly come into work with a smile on my face everyday because I love the company's mission and the people that I work with. You never know where your next job might lead you.
I am in Quality Management. My specific role is the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Manager. What I love most about my job is the fact that the work allows me to touch all aspects of our Managed Care Plan. I am responsible for ensuring our health plan passes accreditation and maintains or elevates the accreditation status we achieved. I enjoy having a level of knowledge about medical management, IT analytics, provider relations, delegation oversight, network management, credentialing, member services, etc. while having my own set of deliverables. However, with all that collaboration comes the need to constantly adjust to the needs of multiple personalities in order to communicate with everyone via their preferred method to ensure I am able to get what I need when I need it. This can be very challenging, especially when there are looming deadlines.
That said, it is important to understand yourself when selecting a career. Know what your goals are. Not just title and salary goals, but end goals. Are you looking to have a job that inspires? Uplifts? Are these feelings for you only or for you and everyone else involved? What environments do you thrive in? Do you like to work with others as part of a team or alone? Indoors or outdoors? Understand that a career is something that you hope to work in for many years and while every career takes time to cultivate and there are always changes along the way, there are certain things you can work on in the beginning to make the adventure more pleasant.
Take a personality/aptitude test in high school. This will help to gauge your thinking in relation to what you MIGHT like to pursue. I stress might because this is something you still have to research and study for yourself.
Most important choose a college or university that has all or as many of your prospective majors as possible. This is because you may start one freshman year and if there is a need to change, it will be a matter of paperwork vs. complete life change.
Utilize your senior year high school and freshmen college electives to take intro courses in the subject matter for majors you think you may want to pursue. These intro courses give you the general insight into what the next few years will look like should you move forward with the major.
from my experience I would tell you to focus on getting the experience and developing your skills first. If possible for first couple of years focus on the jobs rather than salary. Every single job will teach you something. Then once you understand what works and what not for you start to build your career. And what do I love the most? When my peers are happy and satisfied with my work and that it helps to make their professional lives easier.
The part of my job that I love the most is meeting new people and knowing that I made a positive difference in their day. I am a people person and I thrive on fostering good, healthy interactions. Part of this involves active listening and having good problem-solving skills. When you have a person come into your place of business and he/she is sad, despondent, or frustrated and they leave with a smile on their face, that is a reward that goes beyond the monetary compensation you receive from your job.
I hope you are well! I agree with you that happiness is the most important thing. As Mark Twain said: "Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life." That will make you specialize so much, that eventually, you will earn money. You also have the advantage that, at this time, being an entrepreneur is relatively simple. That is why there are many influencers, so, being the best in what you will decide, it will lead you to share your knowledge and passion with others. Personally, I developed my career in technology sales because I help people, I have never seen the economic remuneration with the main axis, but it is a consequence.
I hope the advice is helpful and I wish you the best of success.
As a consulting engineer , I love to solve my customer's problems. I like to advice my customers on number of things/technologies which will make customer's network better and stable. I enjoy all the learning opportunities i get on day-to-day basis.
I am a Manager at Cisco, and i enjoy the opportunity to Interact, listen and help my Team Members!
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I work in Public Health, Emergency Preparedness and Response. What I like most about my job is that when a bad disaster strikes, I know that all my hard work, getting my community ready, means that more people will be safe. The disaster will feel more like a bump in the road instead of head on collision.
I like he fact that I work in a very collaborative environment where everyone's feedback is valued. Also, I have the opportunity to work on many projects in my organization beyond my main job, and while this can be stressful at times, but you end up learning so much more to be able to advance your career, and makes your job more interesting.
There are a few things about my job that are great: solving problems in a fast paced environment, researching details, thinking outside of the box, and engaging daily with people from all over the place with all sorts of backgrounds. And the very best part, is telling folks they are hired!
The part of my job I love is being able to help our business staff. I really love being able to make our business staff job easier or be able to help them solve an issue they are having that prevents them from getting their job done. I love my job because it is all about customer service and helping others. It is a great feeling at the end of the day when you are able to make a difference and help someone else.
Well there are number of things I love about my job. Also I love them cause I have been passionate about them for a long time. 1) Thinking outside box to solve a problem 2) Collaborating with colleagues 3) Learning something new in Tech everyday
I would suggest you to make your list. The list of items that drives you, the list that you are passionate about. That would help you narrow down your next gig.
I also entered college as undeclared (once upon a time). I also ended up in a field separate from my undergraduate degree after having gone through unrelated jobs - restaurant business, youth counseling, paralegal work, and finally corporate (data & business sides).
Job prospects and salaries are important for several factors. Some jobs are only available in certain locations. You may either need to relocate to find a job in your career. You also need to consider your standard of living and expenses for both what you want to do in life as well as where you want to live. The Bay Area is an expensive place to live and would require a higher salary than for example, the mid-west. You can run searches but here is one article on housing costs: https://www.rd.com/advice/average-house-costs-in-each-state/
Your personality will also play a factor in your career. Are you happy working alone or as part of a team? Do you need to interact with folks every day? Are you comfortable with travel? How well do you do with unexpected change? I prefer to have future plans laid out in detail but the nature of my work requires me to be flexible as leaders change business priorities.
When I worked in mental health as a youth counselor, it was personally rewarding when you were able to connect with one of the youths or see them take steps to improve themselves. My particular location had some physical risk though as they could and sometimes did become violent.
I have been with my current company for 10+ years. I have been incredibly lucky to have been exposed to different aspects of the business, having worked in such areas as Operations, Marketing, and most recently Customer Experience. Right now I can both work remotely or go on-site. This gives me flexibility to spend time with my children but also go into the main offices to collaborate in person. Along with this, I enjoy designing business and data processes. How do I meet today's needs while setting up my organization (and company) for future success.
Determine your personality type. Do you need to plan in detail or tend to roll with the punches? Do you like to collaborate as part of a team or work as an individual contributor?
Research job prospects for your interest areas. Are there job opportunities or are the markets oversaturated? What is the salary range and education requirements? Do you need additional education? Is the salary enough to support you more than living paycheck to paycheck?
Search for volunteer opportunities. Hands-on experience is a great way to learn what you truly enjoy (or what you absolutely hate).
This is a fantastic question and I'm excited to share with you my experience on "what part of your job do you like the most". Listed below are a few areas that I enjoy; although they are in no particular order. . .
1) I enjoy working with team members around the globe. I get to collaborate with various diverse teams across multiple time zones, learn about their cultures, their families, share in experiences, etc. 2) I participate on several internal teams defined by the manager, department and/or leadership. Wooowwwww! This is such an awesome experience that affords me the opportunity to learn a great deal about the company, other partner organizations that are outside of my projects, and pathways to working with subject matter experts (SMEs) for learning new technology 3) Training in various areas (ie, "How To Guides", Job Aids, Demos, Presentations, Templates"), which leads to my dabbling in fun stuff a little such as website design (ie, AT&T's internal tSpace, Wiki). This goes a long way because I often get a chance to train and mentor my colleagues along the way
I wish you much success on your journey and I hope you find the love and peace within your career.
As a technical consulting engineer, I like coming to office knowing that a new challenge may come up and a solution/workaround will need to be provided urgently.
This not only involves a lot of problem solving skills, but keeps you on your toes and teaches you to be humble and skills you to be able to connect the dots to solve a bigger problem even if it isn't something you were blessed with at birth.
To get an opportunity to calm the nerves of customers dealing with outages, and helping them fix urgent technical issues is an added bonus.
You've mentioned Network Administration, so you could expect the same, but less occasions of putting out fires; so more happiness.
As with any job, you tend to develop a deeper understanding of how things function at a business level.
THE PEOPLE! I am a Space Planner with Fannie Mae and it is mainly a customer facing job. I think having good communication skills is a HUGE benefit to any job you seek. There are a lot of people who shy away from public speaking and at one point I was in that statistic. While my every day job responsibilities do not include "public speaking", having those skills help greatly in one on one or small group conversations. If I can give any advice I would say join a Toastmasters group. Joining this will give you the skills to be more comfortable while having ANY type of conversation as well as give you tools on how to deliver information.
Great question! I love the challenge, flexibility and opportunities that the company I work for allows. I have my work/home life balance which gives me the time with my loved ones that I was not getting. I have the ability for the most part to make my own schedule and I get to travel local to different places. This allows me to not have to be in the same place every day. Each day you might say is a new adventure! I get to interact with many different people, in many different places within about 2 hours of my house. I could see the mountains one day and the water the next. I also get to interact with small business owners and see what they see. This has allowed me to gain insight in this field. I hope that this helps you and gives a perspective that you might not have had before.