How do you know what you want to do with your life?
At 18 students are often forced to think about what they want to do for the REST of their lives. How do they know if what they are passionate about now will make a good career choice for them or if it they will even like their major a year later ?
Such a great question! In my experience, very few of us know what we want to do for the rest of our lives when we are in school. Some do, but the great majority of us don't. But that's ok, it makes it an exciting adventure of discovery! When I was in school I loved art and drawing, so I become a draftsman preparing technical drawings for construction - then the whole job changed and went to using computers and I never worked with a pen or pencil again! I became an expert in the software which then led me to a sales career. I'm now still in the drawing software industry managing a team of salespeople, and very happy. Sometimes you can't see where the path will ultimately lead you, but choosing where you start is something you can do. Start by following your passion. If you choose a career today only based on it's prospects you could land a great career, but not feel happy or fulfilled. Or worse, that industry could dramatically change and no longer be such a hot career prospect any more! Follow your interests, follow your passions, follow your strengths and what you like to do, and the rest will sort itself out. Hope this helps.
Congratulations on being interested in finding the right career to follow.. It takes a special person to enter into a specific career field and meet the demands which that career area presents. The first step is to get to know yourself to see if you share the personality traits which make one successful in that area. The next step is doing networking to meet and talk to and possibly shadow people doing what you might think that you want to do to see if this is something that you really want to do, as a career area could look much different on the inside than it looks from the outside. When I was doing college recruiting, I encountered too many students, who skipped these important steps, and ended up in a career/job for which they were ill suited.
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