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If I'm thinking about a specific career, should I jump into it as soon as possible?

I'm looking into elementary education or special education or both, but I'm not sure as to which one. I was wondering even how to jump into the education major in general if I'm unsure what I want to do in the major. #major #majors C

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Delaney’s Answer

I think there’s a lot to be said for going straight on the career path that you know you want, but I also think the value of a holistic education/background is often overlooked. I bet there’s a compromise you can think of that allows you maybe a year or two of education and experience to give you other perspectives, and then you could jump into the steps to get where you want!

Delaney recommends the following next steps:

Look for classes in any other areas that might interest you, or that you think might challenge you, in case you ever need it (check out Coursera, other free online courses)
Read 1-3 articles a week that are outside your focus area
Talk to others in your same career path or in the career you want to see if there’s anything they wished they’d learned that they didn’t get through the normal classes taken to get to their position
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Ken’s Answer

The most important thing is to develop a career focus. I have explained how to accomplish this in an answer to one of your other questions. Follow that process , and you will be able to know what direction to take.

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Simeon’s Answer

In general, it is good idea to jump into a career sooner rather than later so you can start building your years of experience for your resume, which will be one of the primary considerations for being hired in the future. That being said, you want to make sure that you have whichever degrees/qualifications you need and don't just jump into substitute teaching without a plan to finish the degree soon.
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