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I don't know what career/major i want to pursue

I graduated from high school this May, and I've decided to take a gap year to think of what I want to do in the future. There is a lot of things I like and I dislike, I don't really have much that I'm "good" at, so it's been a little tough to figure out about my future. I've thought of some careers, but none of them really makes my heartbeat or makes me feel passionate about. For sure I want to make a lot of money, more than just to be "comfortable" but the least I would like as a job is medical field. So I think I'm a little picky about it, yet I haven't felt motivated to research more or try. I would like get some help to plan and find what I like to do and what kind of jobs would let me make a lot of money.

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Ana’s Answer

Figuring out what you want to do in the future is a difficult task. I suggest not focusing on 'what you are good at' but rather take a closer look at what you enjoy doing. My best friend hated math in high school, she never thought she was good at it. But once in college she had to take an introductory course in accounting to satisfy core credits and realized she loved accounting. She went on to make that her major during her junior year in HS and is now an auditor with a major accounting firm. Once you realize what you enjoy you'll see that 'getting good' at it will be second nature.

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Jeremy’s Answer

Hi Yejee,

I absolutely understand making money as a motivator! But believe it or not, as you grow in whatever career you choose other things become as important. Things like enjoyment and satisfaction in the work you do and working with great people become important.

It is a little difficult to recommend a career path without knowing what you are interested in. I have a degree in Computer Science and work in a technical field. There is certainly opportunity to make a good living working in technology.

Here is an interesting list of the Top Salaries in the US. Note that these are experienced positions, probably not starting out just out of college. Lots of medical fields in there but some other areas as well.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/08/the-are-the-25-best-paying-jobs-in-america-in-2019-according-to-us-news--world-report--.html

Good luck, and I hope this helps!

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Simeon’s Answer

I would look at some of the fastest growing careers and fields and see if any of them appeal to you. You don't have to choose one of them, but it can give you a great starting point if nothing comes to mind. Also, don't discount the possibility of doing trade jobs like plumbing, welding, electrician, or HVAC as these careers offer a lot of opportunities as well.
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Yejee.

I think that you should focus on a career that utilizes your natural abilities and skills. That is the place to begin. Money often comes with expertise, so you may not make money immediately, but it will be worth it in the long run. It is good that you opted to get some time away from school. Hopefully you are taking advantage of new experiences that will expose you to a variety of jobs that may interest you.

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Maria’s Answer

Just know first off that you are not alone on this topic.  I talk to early career and high school students regularly and many of them don't know what path to pursue.  I like to suggest a few things that you can do to help steer you in the right direction.  The first is to make a list of all the things you are really good at and like to do.  Then make a list of the things that don't come as easily and you don't like to do.  There are many resources you can use once you make this list to see what some of the potential careers/majors you can pursue based on your passions and strengths.  Some of them are career assessments, like Pathfinder, for example that do a personal assessment to help you narrow your focus.  There are also college major books that have list of all the majors there are and possible jobs that you can obtain with these majors.  From there, talk to people who know you the best - family, peers and teachers to ask for their guidance.  I know many students who out of high school will go to community college the first semester or 2 to start taking some classes while they figure out their path.  There are also vocational schools if you prefer to learn a trade.  I changed my major 3 times when I was in college so know that even if you go down one path, you can change it!  The last thing you want to do is pursue something you don't have a passion for as you will regret that in the future.  Good luck!

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