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I dont know what career I want to go into.

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Phee Lip’s Answer

Only one person knows the answer - You! The steps below should help you find your passion.

Phee Lip recommends the following next steps:

Do a personality test, eg. MBTI https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test
I am also hosting a free skills-to-digital IT test here if you are keen: https://codinghappyteens.home.blog
Look up books like What Color is Your Parachute to identify areas of jobs
Ask someone who is doing the job which you are keen to understand how it works
Do an internship to test it out
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Lisa’s Answer

Not only is this a tough question when you are facing college, it is a tough question as you continue to navigate your life and your interests change. One recommendation I would give you is to take advantage of career aptitude tests. These tests ask you a multitude of questions to find out where your interests and skillsets lie. Another suggestion...think about what type of actual jobs you will apply for when selecting a major. I have friends and colleagues that earned degrees in 'fun' areas like philosophy or art history and have struggled to find a job working in their major. Best of luck to you as you move forward in selecting an area of study!
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Sarah’s Answer

Hi there! I think the first answer you received is excellent. I would also add - think about what your favorite classes are in school right now and then think about why they are your favorite. Is it because you have a great teacher, or are you just very interested in the topic? It might help you narrow down some ideas of things you are passionate about (science, helping others, etc). From there, I'd recommend going to the library and finding books about the topic that you are interested it. It may help you get a better understanding of what you can do in that field, while helping you learn more about the topic at the same time. Good luck!!
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Joan’s Answer

Hi Miranda,
This is a difficult question to answer, but here’s my short answer...what do you like to do more than anything? Make a job out of something you like doing. That’s the easy part. The hard part is figuring out how to make good money from what you like to do. That takes research and drive...all you have to do is fine your path.
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Melissa’s Answer

For some, this can be a really difficult decision. But I'll first start with, if you choose a field of study and then decide that it isn't for you and decide to go a different path... you would not be the first. So don't stress too much. One of the great things about college is that it is about learning and discovery. Sometimes we need a little time to experience something before we know if it is truly a right fit for us long term.
We have two sons, the oldest excelled at many subjects in highschool and had a really hard time deciding what course path to choose for college. Should he choose something he knew he could be successfull at, could make a good living at, but would not enjoy? Or should he follow his passion, something that he would enjoy doing, would be great at, and could make a decent liveing? Our advice to him was to choose something that he could see himself doing 20 years down the road, that he wouldn't dread. Money isn't everything, yes, you need to be able to support yourself and your family. But being miserable so that you can have a bit more money in the bank is not worth it.
Our yougest son too excells at many subjects in highschool. However, he has a fairly certain idea of the direction he would like to go in college and his career.
In both instances, our sons found ways, either through volunteering or part-time jobs to get experience in the area that they chose before going to college. This gave them some hands-on experience. Sometimes what we envision something being is not at all what it is, so if you can get some exposure, to a variety of things you are interested in, do that!
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Carl’s Answer

Here is the bad news - No one will really know the answer better than you
Here is the good news - You can relax and take some time and try a few things to figure it out.

I had no idea what I wanted to do until I was in graduate school and my company came and did interviews on campus and I have had a career with them ever since.

My son has always known what he wanted to do and is still pursuing that through his college education.

My daughter did not know either but through her college education she discovered a path that she thinks she will be good at and enjoy. I am not say what that is, but its not relevant. The journey and discovery is what is relevant.

Take you time, explore your interests, learn from others and you will find your direction.
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