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how do you decide what career you want to pursue?

Asked Katy, Texas

i'm a sophemore trying to figure out what kind of career i want to pursue. #career-paths

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Hina’s Answer

Updated San Jose, California

It's hard! But I can say, to get started ask yourself 3 P's:

  1. Passion: what do you like
  2. Proficiency: what are you good at or could learn to be good at. In other words, you know what you like to learn and what you are good at.
  3. Pay: what is the value of this skill? How much could you get paid and what is the career path

So, for example, you may really like art and are really good at it. What careers would you pick where you can bring your art skills into the workforce.

When you don't find a match, you can think about doing certain things as a hobby vs. a career. In the end you will spend a lot of time in a job, and you should always ask yourself frequently if you like what you are doing.

Also, choosing a degree program does not equal a career. Keep that in mind as you choose your area of study.

Jared’s Answer

Updated Palo Alto, California

This is a good question. I would suggest you check out the answers to the related questions:

When choosing a career, from different choices, What are some specific things you weed out before your decision?
How do you go about choosing the type of career that you want to do?


Samantha Fernanda’s Answer

Updated Mexico City, Mexico

Hello Marla,

I think some of the questions i asked me when i didn´t know what should i study was:

What my greatest skills are?..what am i passionate about? and what do i want to achieve (impact)? Also personality tests can be a good guide to discover a lot of path possibilities

Kevyn’s Answer

Consider your short-term and long-term goals. Think about what you need to do to accomplish them. Now once you decide on the path you want to take, do a self assessment to see if you are happy in that situation. If you are second guessing it, look for other opportunities within that path. Don't be afraid to take risks.