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I'm an Asian exchange student and in 10th grade private school. I so confused that what job is right for me if next year i go to college #college #career #job


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Angela D.’s Answer

Hi becky N., great question! Please see answers to lucy L., Tracy C., and Taimoor W. My answer to lucy is below, but all of the advice provided by others is valuable! Wishing you the best in your endeavors, Dr. B


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Great question, Taimoor! Please see lucy L.'s question and the advice provided on the website (a search will be fruitful #college-advice). My response to lucy L. is below. Wishing you the best in your endeavors, Dr. B

Greetings! Thank you for a most important question. Okay, let's start off with some ideas and other questions. Have you any hobbies, worked, volunteered, enjoyed certain classes/books/shows/games? What interests and motivates you? Do you like hands-on activities, computer-based ones, or being social? These are key questions for you to ponder upon. And...do you want to go to a four-year college/university or pursue training (a certificate/two-year degree) instead? On-the-job training? There are several free online career interest tests that may be helpful, but I will leave that to your discretion as some are more reputable than others. Ask your School Counselor if you can take a Myers-Briggs test through your school. The results will be helpful to you. For instance, hands-on activities lend themselves to mechanics, engineering, electrical, medical, etc. types of careers. Computer-based interests can encompass IT jobs such as Security, Help Desk, Systems Analyst, Computer Technician, Web/Digital/Mobile Designer, etc. If you like the creative side of IT, then you might want to consider Website Design, Gaming Tester, Multimedia Artist/Animator, Sound Technician, etc. If you like being social, then Customer Service, Hospitality, Social Work, Teaching, etc. may be of interest to you. A way to get at your interests in a more concrete way is to shadow (basically following an individual around in their workplace for a short time) and/or interview people in the careers that you might like. I would suggest a short 10-minute phone/Skype interview or a shadow time of 30 minutes or less. Your School Counselor may be of assistance in this to point you in the right direction, provide resources, and even contacts in your local community. You may want to put together a short resume that shows your professionalism to a potential shadow/interviewee/employer. It can be brief...if you need pointers on this, please contact us. Best, Dr. B

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John’s Answer

Becky,

I have good news for you! You don't have to choose right now what job you want to do for the rest of your life.

I agree with Matt. Focus on your interests. Dig past just the activities and look at WHY you like those activities. For instance, for me, I enjoy growth and learning. I like looking at things and figuring out how they can be improved. I could have become many different things with that center drive. I ended up going into business where I do process improvement, organizational development, and other work that involves improving the processes and people within the company.

Don't worry about finding a perfect fit right now. You may change your mind several times. Just work in a general direction based on your interests and you'll fine tune that goal over time.

Thank you,
John

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Dierdre’s Answer

Hi Becky,
I agree with Matt and John. Take the time to look at what you really love to do and then make a list. A good tool to use is YOUTUBE. If you type in 'How to be a ...(whatever you have interest in), this may help to guide you in your path. I do warn that the information received in this manner is a tool not a criterion to help you accomplish what you love to do.

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Matthew’s Answer

The best advice i can give you is, write down strengths that you possess and career paths that you are passionate about/interesting to you. If you need to take a semester in college to take your basic courses and a class that interests you, do it. Once you combine something you are good at, along with a career your passionate about, you will no longer see yourself having a job. You will get paid to do what you love and find happiness in what you do.

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