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How do I make sure im going into the field meant for me?

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Lora’s Answer

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I considered becoming a teacher during my undergraduate program in college. One way I tried to assess if this was the right field for me was I studied abroad in Europe as an English Language Teaching Assistant in a couple Elementary Schools to see if I liked the role of being a teacher and interacting with students regularly. I learned that while I enjoyed teaching, I wanted to focus on training and development, coaching and facilitation for leadership development and well-being for adults. I believe the work I do now has a positive ripple effect with the the leaders and teams I works with and their families and communities as well.

Sometimes you have to experience the work through an internship, experience or project to get a sense for what you like about something, why it matters to you and what brings you energy. As your career evolves and unfolds you may find that the first thing you do is not what you stick with forever and that's ok too. And you may find you love it and stay with it for your full career. Many of my college roommates and friends became teachers in elementary school and high school, they found they enjoyed it through their student teaching experiences in college and are still teachers in their communities today.
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Vikki’s Answer

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Think 1st about the things that you enjoy doing. Ask yourself a couple self-assessment questions.

1. What do you enjoy doing?
2. What hobbies are you involved in that bring you joy or excitement?
3. What things do you enjoy in school?
4. What things do you excel at with easy ?

You do not want to look at this lightly. Ask others what do they think you are good at...

Start making a list of the things you imagine yourself doing. Imagine yourself doing these things everyday.
Do some research on those things and see how they can lead into a career.
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Bettye’s Answer

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My primary recommendation is for you to visit your school, public library or local college/university Career Center and signup for a series of interest/aptitude inventories. These batteries of tests can help determine your interests, academic strengths/weaknesses and aptitude’s which will help chart your career course in preparation for required coursework. Be sure to inform the reference librarian that you are undecided on an academic/career path and were advised to take these tests to help you design a plan/course of action. There’s the Career Interest Inventory, Meyers Briggs Interest Inventory and various others.
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Meghan’s Answer

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Totally agree that this is something you should think about in terms of what you enjoy and where you think you can do that job-wise. However, remember that this is not the only time you'll be able to make a choice about what career you have. As long as you continue to learn and mentally keep track of what you're liking or not liking - that'll help you narrow down over time.
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