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What is the best career for me?

I am Elizabeth , I'm in 11th grade. I love all animals, vacations and anything beachy. I love warm weather and swimming. I want to travel all around the world, and I want to go to college, and wouldnt mind studying abroad. #travel #college #professional

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Alexandra’s Answer

Hi Elizabeth,

It is difficult to tell what the best career would be for you because many careers involve travel around the world. Also, many people love animals but that does not necessarily mean they all become veterinarians. Have you considered studying biology and/or environmental studies? You might enjoy being a researcher, rescuing wild animals or participating in studies about preserving the environment. Would you consider looking for a part-time job, volunteer work or an internship at a place where people deal with animals every day? For example, you could work at an aquarium or a zoo. Depending on the type of work you do later, this may also involve some travel.

Another profession that may involve travel is teaching English abroad. You can become part of an organization that sends English speakers to teach in different parts of the world. That is how I learned English: because some teachers came all the way to my country, Bulgaria. My favorite English teacher has lived and worked in about 12 different countries. Teaching combined with travel could be a very rewarding experience.

Since you are not in college yet, I would focus on exploring subjects that interest you and thinking about your major. I would also highly recommend looking into colleges that offer study abroad for a semester or a full year. Most schools offer these programs nowadays but it would not hurt to check. Finally, if you speak a foreign language or want to learn one, that can be a factor to help guide your choices about where to go to school or study abroad. For example, do you want to travel to Spanish-speaking countries, or learn Chinese and take a trip to China? It is hard to narrow down the many interesting options, topics and places to visit. College is a place where they help you find your interests and focus on them more.

Good luck!


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Simeon’s Answer

You could either get a business degree and seek to gain employment with a company that will allow you to travel or do some type of journalism. If you are interested in the business route, you could try accounting and go with one of the big four accounting firms: PwC, EY, Deloitte, or KPMG. These companies will often give you opportunities to travel, but be aware that the working hours can be long, like up to 70+ hours per week long, during the crunch part of busy season. For journalism, you'll want to develop a portfolio of your work and develop a broad base of skills including writing, editing, and using professional softwares associated with your industry.

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Harry’s Answer

The most important first step would be to have a face-to-face meeting with your high school academic/career counselor. You state that you want to go to college; do you know what degree level and discipline you plan to study? It might be a challenge to find a career path that encompasses each of your interests (animals, warm weather, beaches, and international travel). You might pursue an education and a career in one of these fields (animal sciences, marine biology, environmental studies, or travel & tourism), and satisfy your other interests through your recreational activities.

You will probably want to complete your education or job-training in your home state, or district, before relocating to a warmer climate for a job. The tuition costs are much more affordable for in-state residents at university, and in-district residents at community colleges.

If you are seriously interested in the possibility of studying abroad, you should know that most other countries have markedly different criteria for university admissions, especially those in Europe. However, many US universities have study-abroad programs that might satisfy your goal. When you compare colleges, you may want to factor in the study-abroad programs each one has to offer. Your academic performance in high school, along with your chosen major, and financial resources, will be the primary factors in being admitted to college in a foreign country.

There are many factors that can influence your satisfaction and success with any career track; including your beliefs, values, interests, talents, and abilities/academic successes. It takes an experienced career counselor to administer and interpret the assessments that will combine all these factors to direct you toward a path of post-secondary education and job training.

Further career counseling beyond your high school counselor might be determined by the level of post-secondary education that is best for your goals. If you want only basic workforce job-training, you would find career counseling at the Flint-Genesee Job Corps Center. If you want a more advanced career education, you will find career counseling services at your district Community College (ask your HS counselor if that is SC4, Mott, or Delta for your school district). And if you know you want a bachelor’s degree, check the website for your desired university (SVSU, MSU, etc.) to see what career counseling services they offer.

The US Center for Education Statistics offers a very useful college search tool on their website; https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/. You can search by educational program, degree level, institution profile, and location.

You will want to spend some time and effort to reflect on the factors influencing your career path; make notes on how you feel about your interests, talents, and abilities. Decide if you want to take a “gap” year after high school, go to community college then transfer to university, go directly to a public university, private university, out-of-state university, or a university in another country…make a list of the “pros & cons” for each option. After you’ve reflected and recorded your thoughts and feelings, spend time doing some Library/Internet research on career paths, specific jobs, and income earning potential. The US Bureau of Labor publishes information and statistics. Your Public Library will have access (inter-library loan system) to career planning books.

Harry recommends the following next steps:

Meet with your high school academic/career counselor; complete the career assessments available from your counselor
Do your own research on careers, colleges, and majors
Make a list of possible careers and related college educational programs to prepare for each one
Compare possible colleges that offer these educational programs; research the study-abroad opportunities by each one
Determine the career counseling services, and job placement services, offered by each college you are considering

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Gabriela’s Answer

Hello, Elizabeth to know what studying in the future the most important thing is that you know that you really like it since it is the key basis so that when you start the study you do not get discouraged and you can continue. One tip that I can offer you is to take a vocational test, do a self-analysis of your strengths and weaknesses and you can also request guidance at your school.