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Can’t decide which courses to take in Grade 10. Need advise on how to know my interest?

s for Grade 10, but I still don’t know what field I want to study at university and can’t decide on any specific career? #undecided #career-counseling


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Alicia "Ali"’s Answer

Use this time in High school to try different things that interest you. When you do get into a college you will have to take the basics for your degree anyways. The the actual classes don't matter *to* much. What does matter is getting a good GPA for which ever classes you decide to take AND getting involved in some sort of extracurricular activity - you will REALLY stand out to a college and potential employers later on down the line if you can show leadership ability. Like being head of a sports team, or president of a club.

So, my recommendation... do the things that interest you most today. Whether its art, computers, debate, music, etc. Just make sure you get good grades and try to take the lead in a club or sport group. This will set you apart and hopefully will help you decide what degree you do want to get into.

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Andrew’s Answer

By the 10th grade, the courses you take will not and should not define your major or course in life. When you go to college, you may well end up changing a presumed major multiple times. What you should focus on is taking courses that interest you now, that you feel you can do well enough in at this time. Building and keeping a respectable GPA is something to consider. Take classes which can challenge but not overwhelm you. Don't go complete cupcake on the classes, but be wary of overcommitting yourself especially if you have other obligations outside of classwork, ie, band, sports, work, etc.

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Debra’s Answer

Do you need to know your major for college so young? You may just choose what’s necessary to graduate or focus on HOnors and advanced classes and wait to decide your major as you mature through the process of high school.

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Kimberly’s Answer

I wont sugar coat it, you are never too young to build your resume and your network. Always keep that in mind when spending your free time doing things that make a difference. Volunteering is a huge area to make an impact in the community, meet people outside of your circle, and qualify for scholarships. As far as taking courses, some of the fastest growing areas are STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. You will do best finding a niche in this area but keep your experience broad within that scope to be marketable. Don't waste your time majoring in things like History and Arts. Those are hobbies, not careers for most people. Cyber Security, Mobility, Robotics, Internet of Things (IOT) are all really interesting and fun areas that will be growing now and when you graduate and are great areas to stay relevant. You are at a unique place in your life where you have the time to try all sorts of things so take classes in these areas even if you don't think you are interested because it may surprise you. Its not just about learning and doing, but also about innovating and inventing.

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Simeon’s Answer

The starting point I usually recommend is going to the department of labor's website and seeing what the fastest growing fields are. That will give you a starting point if you're drawing a blank about what you'd like to do. I'd also recommend looking at YouTube videos where employees discuss their favorite and least favorite parts of their jobs. One of the downsides to a lot of career decision materials is that they don't usually tell you the downsides of different careers, so it might help you narrow down the options you're considering.

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Sanjeeva’s Answer

Hi Nabil,
You have your entire future ahead of you so my suggestion is you consider taking a broad range of courses ranging from Math, Sciences, Social Studies, Some vocational field like Accounting, wood work / metal work and with the world becoming smaller and more connected everyday, it's about cultures and languages like Chinese, Japanese and Korean as an example. Therefore think broadly and enjoy the next two years of high school learning : - ) Wishing you the very best.

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Nabila’s Answer

Hello,

You are indeed really young and should not stress that much. How about talking about this with your school counselor? They should be able to guide you.

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