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If I usually have all A's and B's with an average gpa of 3.8 and I am for any job with an office, what job do you recommend?

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Mary C.’s Answer

Allyson - what a great question! You are doing so well in your studies, and you are wondering how to use all of the knowledge you are building up for yourself once you are out of school. Oddly enough, you may be the one person who can answer your own question, because you want to have a career that allows you to work on things you are passionate about - and only you know what what you are truly passionate about!

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!

Thank you so much. This was a big help because I'm usually the only one in my classes without having an idea of what I want to be. :) Allyson B.

You are definitely NOT the only one out there - there are many people who change careers multiple times in their lives - listen to your own intuition on these things. There are folks who go to college and major in 2 different things - not always so related to each other, and even more who change their major more than once while in school. There are exercises you can do too to assess what you want to do too - for example, make 3 columns on a piece of paper: What I Want, What I Don't Want, and What I Need - then without thinking too hard about it, make a list under each one to determine your priorities. Consider location(s), salary, do you want to travel in your job, be part of global team, do you need good medical benefits, etc. think of every aspect of your future work day...Good luck : ) Mary C. Ludwick, MBA, PMP

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Kim’s Answer

That's sort of an unusual filter - why are you set on working in an office? Office work can be boring and tedious (not always!) and lack any serious degree of intellectual stimulation (again, not always!). This is not meant as a put-down of office work, just an observation. Being young, and having to sit at a desk for a large part of the day, can be very physically exhausting.

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!

I would to have an office area so i can have a place of my own to keep important stuff there. As a kid i also imagined having an office area of my own just to decorate and finish my work there, but i would like it to be more than just an office. I would like to move around a lot also. The jobs i was considering earlier was inter house designer, photographer, dental hygienist, and a therapists. I know they are not grouped well but I thought of them before. Thank you for the feedback! Allyson B.

Ok! Some (but not All!) companies are picky as to how you decorate "your" space, esp. cubicles. They want to maintain what they think is a professional appearance. I had to deal with that. (nothing more depressing than looking at sterile gray walls!) Many jobs have cubies rather than offices because office space is very expensive. Just want you to be aware of this! It sounds as if you are a creative person! That's awesome! Kim Igleheart

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Ronald’s Answer

The best advice I can offer at this nascent stage of your career is to experience several different office (and non-traditional office) environments. One way to get this breadth of experience is to register with a "Temp" company that will place you in temporary positions with various companies. While the positions tend to be administrative, they can introduce you to different office cultures that can help inform your long-term career aspirations.

Ronald recommends the following next steps:

Research temporary help agencies and services
Apply and interview with one or more reputable agencies
Accept positions that may not seem a good fit at first
Observe, learn and adapt to the culture of the firms you work for

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Jagannathan’s Answer

I will recommend computer science.

Jagannathan recommends the following next steps:

take programming courses