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How do you know a career is right for you? What if you have a lot of interests but you don't know which one is the perfect fit?

Updated Kansas City, Missouri

I am in 11th grade and I have a small idea of what I want to do. I am interested in the medical field but I am not confident about it. I want to help others and I want to know if I should pursue this path. It is hard and I do not want to end up not liking it the career I choose. #career-choice #career #medicine #doctor #career-choice #healthcare #help #junior #highschool

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Jordan C.’s Answer

Updated Winston-Salem, North Carolina

What are you passionate about? What would you do even if no one asked you to do it? What do you find yourself researching and studying about on your own in your free time? These are some great starter questions to ask yourself. Then start to google! Talk to friends and family and see what they’re passionate about and why they do what they do. This is a tough thing to really figure out because targeted so much pressure around us to do what people think is the most “practical” or will make you the mostly money. Don’t be distracted by these things. Focus on you and what you want. Throw yourself into new experiences. Try new things. Take a dance class, take a creative writing class. Go to a local law office and ask them how they help their clients. People are way more receptive to curious people. Be open and see where your curiosity takes you. It will ultimately lead you down a path that I’m sure will help others, even if you never see that happen directly. Someone is watching you and will be inspired by your perseverance and curiosity.

Kim’s Answer

Updated Nipomo, California

Hi Dinah

You have been given some excellent advice already. My only additional thought to consider is to gain insight into your true strengths and evaluate how they match up to your interests. My favorite assessment is StrengthsFinder. The resulting report will provide insights into your natural strengths and what potential opportunities may align with them. This may help you decide what areas to pursue using the guidance that other mentors have provided. Best of luck in your journey.

Kim recommends the following next steps:

  • Research the StrengthsFinder assessment to determine the fit to your needs.
  • Take the assessment and review the resulting report to determine what potential opportunities may align with your strengths.
  • Pursue several potential opportunities using the guidance from other mentors to find the right fit or general direction you want to pursue.
  • Retain the report for reference as your career progresses.

Danni’s Answer

Updated New York, New York

My advice is to ask to Shadow someone who is currently in the position that you want to pursue. Spend the day with them and ask lots of questions. That will give you a good sense of whether or not you can see yourself following that path.

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