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How do you decide what you want to do in the future ?

I'm a high school senior, who doesn't really know I want to be, so i'm just trying to find an answer to what in fact i want to really do. #careers

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Ted’s Answer

Hi Davonte,
You didn't mentioned your age or education grade level. If you're currently in a school that offers career counseling, that's where you should start.


There is a resource published by the U.S. Department of Labor titled Occupational Outlook Handbook which lists hundreds of jobs along with educational requirements and salary ranges. It is inexpensive and available from Amazon.


You can also try Googling topics like career test, career inventory, career aptitude, etc. You can also try going to www.studentmentor.org although I haven't checked it out myself.


Let me know if I can be of any further assistance. Good luck!

Thank you comment icon Thanks for the help ! Davonte
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Daniela’s Answer

Hi Davonte,


Here's a few tips that can help you:




  • A good place to start is to work out what you like to do and what you’re good at. Think about the skills you use when you’re doing the things you enjoy. Whilst many skills can be learned if you commit the time, pursuing a career that actively goes against your natural tendencies could be setting yourself up for a failure.




  • Research the sector you’re interested in – find people who work within it and learn from them. Take time to map out what you want and match your skills with skills that are actively sought within the areas of work that are of interest; this will involve a fair bit of research work, but it’s well worth it.




  • Evaluate your choice of sector and/or roles according to your perceptions and the information you’ve gathered. Assess and reflect on the research you’ve undertaken.




  • Whilst you’re studying, take advantage of networking opportunities and chances to work in your career field either as a volunteer or in short-term paid positions. It will help you to identify any additional subjects or skills development that may be of use and could help to expand your horizons.




  • Try an internship. This can be a great way to test out an industry or type of career – and could even lead into a full-time job. Even if it doesn’t turn into a job or you find out it’s the wrong career for you, an internship can help build your network from which you can get career and job advice and support.




  • Volunteer. As well as making a difference, volunteering is a great way to meet people, gain experience and learn more about different sectors and roles.




  • Keep positive. The most important thing is to be yourself and take a positive approach by making opportunities out of challenges!




In: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/careers/2015/11/09/how-to-decide-on-a-career/


Good luck in your decisions!

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Tom’s Answer

Davonte,


You can go to https://www.onetonline.org which allows you to explore careers, salaries and growth in specific fields.


Best,


Tom

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Wael’s Answer

Davonte, you are not alone in this. It is quite normal. Don't be worried and I am sure that you are going to find your career in what you like and good at.

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