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What career is the best for me?


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Kim’s Answer

Hi Juan
You have been given some excellent advice and recommendations. My only additional thought for you to consider is to explore your natural strengths and build your career path from that foundation. My favorite assessment is StrengthsFinder. The focus is purely on your true strengths and how to leverage them for a successful career. The insights are very revealing into what you naturally do well which can be very rewarding and lucrative. Best of luck.

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Research the StrengthsFinder assessment to determine application to your goals.
Take the StrengthsFinder assessment and review the results for direction of your career goals.
Maintain the report for reference as your career progresses.

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L.N.’s Answer

Hi Juan,

It's great that you are asking this question because you will spend most of your daily life in your chosen occupation. Also, please know that throughout your career path, you may be faced with this same question again. When choosing a career, consider your strengths, interests, and where you desire to make a difference in this world so that you can bring about resolution to a need others have. Thus, you are helping others and your career choice will be rewarding for you as well.

It may be best to make a list of pros vs cons when determining which career you would like to pursue in this stage of your life. Make a list of what is important to you and what you would be willing to sacrifice in regards to time, years of career training, financing your education, etc. in order to accomplish your career goal(s).

I found a website that helps with career exploration, take a moment to visit and select items that are most meaningful to you. There are various occupations that may interest you, but this website will help in narrowing down a few. I hope the best for you as you explore your career options!

Career Exploration: https://www.bls.gov/k12/content/students/careers/career-exploration.htm

L.N. recommends the following next steps:

Make a list of the careers that interest you (include if the career requires certain strengths in certain subjects - math, science, etc).
Make a list of the pro and cons of the careers you listed.
Determine what sacrifices it will take for you to accomplish your career goals (i.e. length of time in college, salary (more or less), typical hour work week (some jobs may require more than 40 hrs at various times).
Visit: https://www.bls.gov/k12/content/students/careers/career-exploration.htm and selected which career(s) you are interested in and also compare this to the list you made earlier.
Remember, you may be asking your same initial question, “What career is the best for me?” many times in various stages of your life as you grow in your career path :)

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JENNIFER’s Answer

You have so many choices in finding a career fit for you. The Department of Labor has a web site where you can take some free career assessments to help you find a career you will love. Go with your passion and the money will follow!

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Curt’s Answer

The one you are going to get up every day and want to go to. Money and status do not a rewarding career make. You do not want to chase things the world and your friends say you have to have to be happy. You need to decide what you enjoy doing - both personally and professionally. Make a list of what you like and what you don't like - nothing is too big or small to put on the list. The more things you have on the list the easier it is to determine when comparing opportunities that could fit the bill. Not that it will necessarily be easy to find, but set a goal to pursue a career that you can say: "I can't believe I get paid to do this". In the meantime while you pursue that, find something that you have a passion for that will provide the standard of life you need (not necessarily think you need). A good sign that you're in a right career place (even if for a season) is you don't have the thought of "when is retirement". If you are somewhere that you could see working for the rest of your life - be it the occupation itself, the company with its culture and people, or the product/service that you get to deliver - then you're probably in a good spot.

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Michael’s Answer

You got a lot great advice. The only thing I would add is don't be afraid to work in a variety of settings initially to get a real sense of what you like and/or what you don't. It is always better to make decisions with real practical experience. No matter what you do, you can learn from it.
Do you like to work with people? Do you like to work more solo? Are you service oriented? Are you naturally gregarious or are you more of an introvert? There are people who are introverts who have risen to run great companies. You will do so much better in life the more you know yourself. What motivates you? That will change over time. Don't be afraid to dream about your ideal, follow and trust your instincts but balance those dreams with figuring out way to test drive some aspects of your dreams. Take baby steps. So if you want to run a business, work for a business even in the most junior position. See if you like the whole thing and see if the environment is right for you. You might love working in a hospital or feel that it is right for you.

Michael recommends the following next steps:

Try to work in a variety of settings that seem appealing to you!

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Amanda’s Answer

The definition of career is "an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person's life and with opportunities for progress." according to Bing. I did not know what I wanted until I was almost 40 when I found it, because it came naturally and was fun. On paper it is not something many people would choose. Be open to experience as much as you can. If you are working someplace you don't really care for but is paying your bills, try other things part time or with an internship/job shadow. There is something ready made for you or be like other entrepreneurs and dream the next big thing. Just never give up and be willing to work hard and do what other people won't or don't. A lot of great services were designed to cover things people don't want to do. You are only limited by your beliefs that you can't do something. When you don't know what to do - do anything! Disclaimer - Do anything, as long as it is legal, moral and ethical. Have fun and enjoy your life!

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Darcel’s Answer

One way to consider the best careers, occupation, industry or vocation is look at the current classes your are taking in high school or college. Which course do you really enjoy the most; reading, studying and learning more about Look at your grades of the courses of that your achieve yours A's and B's in indicate your skill level in learning a subject matter and potential to learn more and gain experience. Looking at what you do outside the classroom is important it focuses on the thing you like to do for fun or to entertain yourself. The initial stage of finding a career path start from within. You may not have a lot of experience or expose to various jobs or occupation but I would guess you know what jobs you definitely would not want to purse. Eliminate those career first! Another fun way to explore career options is to do the following experiment, take your time and try to answer the following questions; If you were going to work today where would you go? Work inside or outside? Would you work with and for people, information data or with machine/technology? Would your work space look like? Don't worry about the job title just take you time to vision the general aspect. The wonderful things about today career paths is that they are always changing. You may look into certain industries are interesting to you; entertainment, law, medical, technology or education just to name a few. Because industries and professions are always changing you will never get stuck in on job, especially if you have a college degree. Not only does a college degree give you work option in the world of work it will allow you to apply to positions and industries that require a degree. Have fun exploring your future job and career options. If you find a career you like look it up on YouTube the professional interview might give you insight. Use your computer and internet to explore, jobs, industries and careers there is tones of information.

Darcel recommends the following next steps:

Make a list of classes you loved/enjoyed in Middle School- High School for example history, science, English, math etc.
Second make a list of all you classes with As' and Bs' or C's then make a list of those classes you want to learn more about.
What do you do for fun? Many people have found their professional and jobs through their hobbies and free time actives.
Still in high school take the college prep classes just in case the industry or profession requires some type of degree or certificate.
Talk to family, friends and teacher ask the how and when they choose their career path and why. Good luck!

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Michael’s Answer

You got a lot great advice. The only thing I would add is don't be afraid to work in a variety of settings initially to get a real sense of what you like and/or what you don't. It is always better to make decisions with real practical experience. No matter what you do, you can learn from it.
Do you like to work with people? Do you like to work more solo? Are you service oriented? Are you naturally gregarious or are you more of an introvert? There are people who are introverts who have risen to run great companies. You will do so much better in life the more you know yourself. What motivates you? That will change over time. Don't be afraid to dream about your ideal, follow and trust your instincts but balance those dreams with figuring out way to test drive some aspects of your dreams. Take baby steps. So if you want to run a business, work for a business even in the most junior position. See if you like the whole thing and see if the environment is right for you. You might love working in a hospital or feel that it is right for you.

Michael recommends the following next steps:

Try to work in a variety of settings that seem appealing to you!

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Baah’s Answer

A career that is link with something inside you that you enjoy going on any day at any time. Something you are passionate about. Let me inspire you with a young lady who shared her story about this same topic on television in Ghana. She had successfully completed her nursing school with good grades and was sponsored to further her education abroad. She was doing well in her chosen field but there was something she enjoyed most that she wasn't doing that made her unhappy(preparing a particular kind of stew we call shito and packaging it). She finally decided to honor the burning desire by leaving the nursing field into preparing shito. Family members descended on her heavy, suffered a divorce and friend breakups. Other call her a fool while others said she was hunted by a which craft. She stood her grounds and became the first Ghanaian women to export package shirto to some European countries. She got into contact with so many people that opened different doors and opportunities. There must always be the question of "how does the course I am about enrolled in, had to do with what I enjoy most?" Finding an answer to this question can lead one into discovering ones hidden career.

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Kori’s Answer

Hi Juan,

It all depends on your interest and it is important to know you do not have to be dead set one career. I would say pursue opportunities in jobs of interest, speak with people that have a job that you are interested in and see if it aligns with your interests.

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Mary’s Answer

Something that you enjoy and will grow everyday. The most important is to know what you like and what interests you - is it helping others? learning? fixing things? creating things? once you know, research what jobs will allow you to do that. Look at your strengths and weaknesses and try to develop plan on how you can better yourself. The best career for you is the one that you go for!


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Michael’s Answer

You got a lot great advice. The only thing I would add is don't be afraid to work in a variety of settings initially to get a real sense of what you like and/or what you don't. It is always better to make decisions with real practical experience. No matter what you do, you can learn from it.
Do you like to work with people? Do you like to work more solo? Are you service oriented? Are you naturally gregarious or are you more of an introvert? There are people who are introverts who have risen to run great companies. You will do so much better in life the more you know yourself. What motivates you? That will change over time. Don't be afraid to dream about your ideal, follow and trust your instincts but balance those dreams with figuring out way to test drive some aspects of your dreams. Take baby steps. So if you want to run a business, work for a business even in the most junior position. See if you like the whole thing and see if the environment is right for you. You might love working in a hospital or feel that it is right for you.

Michael recommends the following next steps:

Try to work in a variety of settings that seem appealing to you!

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