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What careers should I look into?

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For years I have been trying to figure out what career/field I should go into. I have been looking into healthcare, but I decided to consider other fields to make sure that's what I want to do. I am interested in math, science, technology, art, agriculture, and photography. I am also a people person and I want my future job to have a great work-life balance, a good salary, and I don't want to be in college for any longer than six years . I can't seem to find the right job that meets all of my criteria. Please advise.
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Cayla’s Answer

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Hi Ramsey,

My advice to you will be to first sit down and think about what career field you will possibly be interested in pursuing and do thorough research on them. I was once that student attending college not knowing exactly what I wanted to pursue until I actually did research. Like you, I wanted work-life balance, great benefits, and didn't want to be in school for 6 years. First, I planned out how I was going to determine what career path I wanted to take and what I was going to change my major to (it was biology at the time), so I wrote a list of my personal interests and hobbies.

Then, I did thorough research based on my list. I knew that I love communicating with others, expressing my creativity (writing and making collages), traveling, and helping others. So, I determined that I wanted to major in business or public relations. I changed my major and then started looking for internship opportunities right away and got the chance to be a Marketing Intern at a branding agency.

You don't necessarily have to follow my way of doing things, but I will suggest the following:

-Volunteer. Volunteering for businesses in different industries will help you narrow down what it is you'll love or not love doing. Look into different volunteer opportunities on your city's job board websites, career services on your college campus, or ask friends and/or family members. This will give you an insight into how a day-to-day job will look like in that industry. So, dig in deep on searching for some interesting volunteer opportunities.

- Internships. - Internships are another great way to figure out if you'll enjoy a certain career or not. It's a great way to figure out what you like or don't like and what's your strongest skills or weakest. Spruce up your resume and get two other people to look at it. Then start applying to some internships with different businesses in various industries you think you're interested in. Some internships are paid, but most internships do not pay. However, don't let that affect whom you're applying to because they're paying you in gaining new skills, meeting new people, and networking. Apply to at least 3 internships a week.

Those are some of the things that I did personally that helped me. You seem like you have an idea of what you'll like - just don't let money play a factor in it.

Good luck!
Thank you so much!!! Ramsey P.
Good morning Ramsey, You're welcome. I hope everything is going great on your end and that you're staying safe. How's the process of figuring out what you want to do is coming along? Have a nice day! Best, Cayla Cayla Matthews
Good morning Ms. Matthews! I hope everything is going great for you as well. I think that I have finally settled on becoming a dental hygienist. I have done very thorough research, as you suggested, and I found out that there is a bachelors program that's not too far from me that offers a dual degree and dental hygiene and healthcare management. I plan on applying next semester,and hopefully I get in! After this pandemic is over, I also plan to shadow a couple of hygienist at my local dentist office to see what a day in their life is like. Thank you so much for taking the time out to answer my question, it really means a lot! I hope you have a wonderful day! Kind regards, Ramsey Ramsey P.
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Ruxandra’s Answer

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Hello Ramsey,
As you are interested in different fields, you should probably consider to try a couple of the paths you think on pursuing. You can try volunteering, try an internship for a couple of months, attend a course etc. This way you will figure out what you will like to do in the future. You do not need to worry that if something is appealing to you now, it will not be in the future, the some job can be done from different perspectives.
Also, it would be great to discover you personality type and your strengths, this might give you also a hint on what it is important to you. You can try the following: https://www.viacharacter.org/survey/account/register.
I highly recommend to discover you personal values, these will guide you to what it is important to you. You can start from this list: https://daretolead.brenebrown.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Values.pdf. Find 30 values that are important to you, and next narrow the list to 10, and next to 3, ordering also, from the ones that are the most important to you, to the least important. Discovering your personal values can ease your life, as the decisions taken will be led by these values, acting as a personal guidebook.

Ruxandra recommends the following next steps:

  • Discover your personal values.
Thank you! Ramsey P.
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Mark’s Answer

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You are interested in quite diverse topics, some creative some more technical... Try to find a college/university and get a technical degree which will give you the right knowledge and experience to find your 'dream-job' (and it will give you 6 years to think what you like best)... I agree with what Nicole wrote: the career path picks you based upon your personality and capabilities.
It may take some time, switch different jobs/companies a few times and it will find you...
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JOSEPH’s Answer

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Great question.
This depends on your passion in life. What are you personally interested in and what hobbies do you like. When picking a career you would want to first see what interests you and then find the path to be successful. Think about what you currently like doing and match it to a career.
Thank you so much! This was very helpful! Ramsey P.
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Jim’s Answer

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I will address the work-life balance part of your objective.

I think a lot could be gained from just traveling right now, for a year, maybe two, Use your feet as well as your head.

The sad reality in the USA is that there IS NO work-life balance. I suggest you pack your bags and start traveling, Europe first. Ask how much vacation they get, where they go what they do. Europeans will be glad to share this and maybe an hour into a conversation after all the hobbies and leisure pursuits are discussed you might learn what they do for work. Meaning work to live, not live to work. My point, on work-life balance is your WHERE is going to be a huge factor, maybe more than your WHAT if you're really serous about this objective. Deal with HOW last.
Thank you! Ramsey P.
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Harshita’s Answer

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You need to think and analyse different options you have based on your interests, personality and capabilities for some time .
Research thoroughly about it and talk to people engaged in that field so as to have a insight into work culture also.
That'll help narrow your choices down.
Thank you! Ramsey P.
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Nicole’s Answer

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Usually, the career path picks you and based upon your personality and capabilities. Go to events tha
Thank you! Ramsey P.
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Ashish’s Answer

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As you are interested in maths, science & technology and with that you are also a peoples person, I would suggest you try to get into presales like profile which would need grip on technology you are working on along with techno commercial aspects of it and then using your people management skills you can pitch your ideas/proposals to customers of various types(expressive/analytical etc)

Try to identify the field in science and technology that excites you, devote your time in first having a strong grip on the skills that excite you and then start developing your business acumen, financial acumen.
Enroll into Toastmasters clubs around you which will help you improve your communication and leadership skills with a specific focus on public speaking.
Thank you so much! Ramsey P.
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Ted’s Answer

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Hi Ramsey,
It appears you may have interests that could lead to career in Engineering or Architecture. I would suggest you go on-line to find out detailed information on what you need to know about becoming an Engineering or Architecture major in college.
The Engineering majors would provide more diverse opportunities, e.g., Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Civil Structural, etc. All pay well and the BS degree can be gained in 4-5 years. An engineering school with COOP program provides the student with payed work assignments in your field of study for half the year while attending school full time the other half. This mix occurs after a successful freshman year for the full school year.
I'd be happy to help with any specific questions you may have.
Best of luck,
Ted Kobel, P.E.
Thank you so much, Ted! This helped me out a lot and I will let you know if I have any further questions! Ramsey P.
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Sekharbabu’s Answer

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It depends upon what interests you the most and also what your personal preference is.
For Example some people might be interested in coding and they should try to enter the software industry.
Thank you! Ramsey P.
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Kumar’s Answer

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Hi

Nice Question,

Career we should look into is what we are passionate in .
Which will keep us in doing such work for lifetime.

There are lot of hot jobs :

Software , Networking, Automation.
Auto mechanical Engineer. Doctor , Professor , interior designer ,
Youtuber : In politics , Travel , Technology.
Actor , Choreographer.
Chef.
Photography.
Sports

It is on you for what you have passion for and do you think you suit for the job.

Cheers
Thank you! Ramsey P.
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Charlie’s Answer

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Two of the hottest fields currently are 1. Data and Analytics and 2. Information/System security.
Thank you! Ramsey P.
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Yocelin’s Answer

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Hi Ramsey, what I highly recommend is looking for shadowing opportunities, if you have a friend, family member or an acquaintance that work in the industry, try reaching out to them so you can follow them for a day or two and see what it's like working in that field. You might be surprised how that'll help narrow your choices down. Remember that there is absolutely no rush in choosing what you want to study, you can take as much time as you need. Many students stress themselves out thinking that they need to get everything done in a certain amount of time but there is no such thing. You can also choose to minor in photography or art which are great things to do on your free time, you can even start a small side hustle!
Thank you so much! This was very helpful! Ramsey P.
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James’s Answer

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I would narrow it down to what area you are most interested in and then locate areas of study that are relevant for that subject.

Work life balance is important so it comes down to respecting your time and make sure you are doing things for yourself that aren't necessarily work related! :) Good luck!
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