Mary C.’s Answer
Sometimes, you may be thinking of so many different opportunities ahead of you, that you might need help to decide which career to head into, so think about the people you really trust to tell you the truth about you: your family, your friends, teachers you've had over the last couple of years, youth group leaders, or your religious leaders. The "right people to ask" are different for each of us, but you should be able to think of a few folks who will take the time to really listen to your thoughts about what careers you are most excited about - as well as give honest feedback to you about how well you might do in those different careers.
Set up time with your "advisors" to have this conversation with them, and really think through what you want to ask them. Also, be sure to let your advisors know the topic you want to discuss with them so that they can give it some serious thought before you meet with them. When you do have these meetings, truly listen to what they share with you and thank them for their time as well. Thoughtful advice from people who know you well is priceless, so you may even want to agree to follow up with one or some of them again in the future as part of an ongoing mentoring relationship!
Then think carefully and over some time about everything that you heard:
- Did you pick up on themes in your conversations (did you hear the same thing a few times)?
- How did you feel when a favorite teacher made their suggestion(s)?
- What surprised you the most to hear?
- Are you still excited about the same careers you started with?
This is a great way to get started in choosing your first career in life, and of course, you can have many different careers assuming you give yourself the time to prepare for them. Follow your passion if possible, because doing what you love every day is a recipe for success!
There are, of course, many "office" jobs where you will be moving around quite a bit, and, those where you will be challenged. Advertising or paralegal come to mind.
Does it have to be an office job? Are you willing to go out in the field and make presentations trying to land contracts, for example?
Please tell us more about what you like and don't like, and any thoughts of attending school, and we will be better able to give specific suggestions.
Keep in mind that every job will have some aspect of it that you may not like, so don't be too quick to say no just because of one tiny part of it not agreeing with you.
I look forward to hearing more input from you on this question!
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