I want to choose my field
I am a bit confused in choosing the right field for me #college
Angela D.’s Answer
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
For instance you might love to ride bikes but that will probably not be lucrative and if you desire to have a lifestyle of luxury you would need to pick a pathway that would support you achieving that lifestyle sooner rather than later.
I want to be famous - i need to be a top athlete or a TV reporter or an actor - athlete and actor have low percentage of being very famous - TV reporter I can strive towards - I need to get into media and communication - I need to associate with people in the "right" circles to get job opportunities - I should take these classes and join these clubs and this fraternity.
Your profession needs to be both something you enjoy doing (given that many companies demand long working hours) & a career that is recession proof/cannot be automated/off shored.
Check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics & Look in the internet for information "A day in the life ...." where people in the industry talk about their current job and the day-to-day.
Lastly, attend professional Meet Up events in the industry you are curious about, or attend free training seminars on the tools/software used by people executing a particular job. This will allow you to meet people in the industry and help you to better understand if you will enjoy the day-to-day work.
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