first of all i wasn't sure...i had a choice between Electrical Engineering which was established and Telecommunications/IT Engineering which was emerging...i liked change, disruption and learning new things...therefore i decided to move down the Telecommunications/IT Engineering path...don't focus on the money at 1st (it will come down the track)...make sure you enjoy what you're doing as well as learning new things along the way...i've been in the Telecommunications/IT for more than 25 years...i've received great benefits and pay (working at Cisco) but more importantly i'm learning new things all the time and my job is not boring...your focus should be doing things you enjoy and makes you passionate about your career....once you nail this the benefits/money will come as well...All the best!
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I enjoy working with data and data science because I learned that I liked it through experience gained in other job roles. I did not even know that data science as a field or job role existed back when I started working.
So what made me want to work was that I tried many different roles, gave my best in each, and paid attention to the areas were I would lose track of time doing them because I enjoyed it so much. Then I would enjoy a job in that space as long as I enjoyed it.
I have done retail, landscaping, carpentry, electrical, auto mechanic, house remodeling, computer networking, data center design, tools and automation, and most recently, data science and analytics. My advice is to try a job you think you will like, and follow your nose from there toward areas that you find interesting.