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I’ve been struggling for a while with trying to figure out what I want to do. My school really pushes down on their students to figure out what career path they want so we can start getting some college classes out of the way.

I’ve always just said nursing because lots of my family is in nursing. The pay is good, and it is a substantial job. Though, the more I think about it, the more I have doubts and wonder if nursing is truly for me.

I have never really had any passions, but over this last semester, my teacher’s love of reading and writing was so contagious and I began to embark on it aswell. I love literature as well as all realms of english now. My teacher actually switched up jobs after the semester ended for their dream job. It really prompted me to start contemplating what it is I truly want in life.

I’m starting to wonder if I should maybe start gearing my directions upon teaching highschool english? This might just be a phase, but I highly doubt it. I’m not going to switch up my highschool pathway set for nursing just yet, but I think it’s definitely wise to consider all of my options, to prep for next year so I can begin taking dual enrollment and such.

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Crystal’s Answer

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Claire, the question you pose and career-path doubt you are going through are normal so don’t fret. Most individuals do not know what they want to do when they grow up

so be gentle with yourself. Quite honestly, it is often a class at school or a volunteer opportunity that triggers interest (and passion) towards a specific field of study or job. In the job realm, work towards something that inspires and invokes passion in you. Waking up everyday to do a job is singularly the most important decision you will make in life since you will devote up to 80% of your week so do something you love. If writing or teaching English is it, then do it. There is no shame in public service or in teaching others the joy of writing and learning the classics that teach us so much about life like love, joy, hope, misery and pain. Follow your own path, not what others have potentially created for you. Be willing to diverge for your internal happiness. Good luck, and knock em’ dead!

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Doreen’s Answer

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Hi Claire,

When i graduated from colleage i was also in the situation of what shall i do what is my real passion.

My recommendation at this stage is to list all the things on the future career - what are they, what skills they required, what can you feel good,bad about it and then do a self-exploration about yourself, what is your personality, strength and passion. Then do a matching and see what is the best match for now. It might not be a life long career as it might change with you stepped in more into the career and you will find more about your potential and the different things on the job so don't doubt about yourself its very normal.

Good luck!!
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