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i dont know what to study

I like to play in the park like to ride bikes l like to be hands on in working helping pepole #college


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Erich’s Answer

Hi Edwin,

No worries. I didn't know what to study either.

Here are couple recommendations:
1. Unless you figure out exactly what you want to major in; stick with classes and a major which may be applied to nearly any career field; such as Business Administration. Having some study focus in computing/technology certainly won't hurt either. Don't choose a random niche degree unless you're confident and committed to that career. I majored in Recreation Administration because it seemed like a good idea at the time, and I have been embarrassed since to have it listed on my resume. Thank goodness I minored in Business which was the foundation for me starting and building my career in Sales and Account Management.
2. Learn as much as you can about different career fields to start to build a picture of what careers you may be interested in. Build strong relationships with as many people possible in professional and personal settings. Schedule shadow days with professionals in different fields you think you may be interested in. College is important and highly recommended; and then you'll build on that foundation to find that the relationships you build and results you produce as you build your career will be your true secret to success.

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Carole’s Answer

Hi Edwin; Well good question and now days they have some great ways to find out what is important for you to study, and educate yourself on what kinds of careers that would be open and apply to your needs, interest and skill set.I will give you some pointers that you might check into:
1. Go into your Career Center and talk with you counselor, (if you don't have a Career Counselor check with one of your other counselors); 2. Ask your counselor about some Assessments that you could take to get you on a pathway to a career ad will educate you more as to what you might want to do; 3. Ask about the assessments"do they have the SDS(self directed search for interests), Do they have a Personality Assessment and do they offer a skills and values assessment, these are all part of your research for you who is trying to find out about the careers of your choice. If your school does have a career center sometimes you will find you research these job interest in the library. 4. If you are lucky and your school as a counselor that can help you should take the assessments and then talk to the counselor and she can help you with what kind of classes you should take. 5. Once you find an area of interest, you should then research some books to look through that help with your career of interest. I will give you the name of some books to research. 6. The last thing I would suggest is to maybe find a part time job that you might like and will educate you more that will give you more experience into what kind of skills that you would need. 7. Once you decide on your special interest, and if you want to volunteer I would suggest that you find some to mentor you and maybe even let you shadow that person while he or she is working in the area that would be your choice. I will put a few books below so you can you research your interest
!I wish you the best in your research!

Carole recommends the following next steps:

research book "DO WHAT YOU ARE" BY PAUL TIEGER & BARBARA BARRON
RESEARCH BOOK "WHAT COLOR iS yOUR PARACHUTE" BY RICHARD BOLLES
MAKE SURE THAT YOU FINISH YOUR ASSESSMENTS AND THEN RESEARCH
AFTER YOU RESEARCH AND FINISH THE ASSESSMENTS YOU CAN READ THE BOOK"THE 250 JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

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ABBY’s Answer

Hello Edwin!

I have read through some of these answers and they are right on! 86% of college students (based on just getting my daughter into college this year) go in undecided and even those that go in 'knowing what they want to do', often times switch majors , which is why most universities give you until the end of your Sophomore year to really pick a major. I would recommend finding a college that has many degree options so you do not limit yourself if in fact you do go in 'declared' and then change your mind. If you are in a concentrated studies type of school, then there may not be options outside of transferring to a different field. What caught me was your intro stating you like to go to the park and help people. What about a job in conservation or a forest ranger or working for the wildlife federation or a non-profit to keep our parks clean? There are Fish & Game jobs that protect the wildlife while enforcing the law. You could also be a force during this time of climate change in saving our natural resources, teaching the public about conservation and being surrounded by nature, WHILE helping others! I have been involved in several different types of nature volunteer works in my state from hiking trail repairmen, to ocean beach clean ups to volunteering at my state wildlife department. Best of luck!!

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REED’s Answer

I've got some family members that had some of the same questions prior to going to school.

The best advice that they've given on this same topic is to work towards the associates degree (the required basic classes to pass to obtain a bachelor's degree) and talk to a lot of different professors, counselors, and other students that are looking into or working in various fields themselves.

I wouldn't worry too much about deciding on what you want to do right away. Start your education and be open to different ideas and concepts as you study and learn.

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ABBY’s Answer

Hello Edwin!

I have read through some of these answers and they are right on! 86% of college students (based on just getting my daughter into college this year) go in undecided and even those that go in 'knowing what they want to do', often times switch majors , which is why most universities give you until the end of your Sophomore year to really pick a major. I would recommend finding a college that has many degree options so you do not limit yourself if in fact you do go in 'declared' and then change your mind. If you are in a concentrated studies type of school, then there may not be options outside of transferring to a different field. What caught me was your intro stating you like to go to the park and help people. What about a job in conservation or a forest ranger or working for the wildlife federation or a non-profit to keep our parks clean? There are Fish & Game jobs that protect the wildlife while enforcing the law. You could also be a force during this time of climate change in saving our natural resources, teaching the public about conservation and being surrounded by nature, WHILE helping others! I have been involved in several different types of nature volunteer works in my state from hiking trail repairmen, to ocean beach clean ups to volunteering at my state wildlife department. Best of luck!!

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Estelle’s Answer

A few ideas:
Physical education teacher/Coach
Personal trainer
Park Ranger
Construction
Landscaping/landscape architect

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Kellen’s Answer

Edwin: I too love riding my bike! And I like to be in the park and to do stuff with my hands. I bet we'd be friends. There are many things to "do" in this life. Maybe you go to school, maybe you go to school and figure out it does not work for you and you try something else. Perhaps you skip school altogether and decide to find your own pathway through life.

I was a terrible student. I tried University and it didn't work out very well. I took some time afterwards to reflect and realized that, all this time, I had been developing valuable skills on the computer. And so, I started to apply those skills, and before you know it I was swept up into a life of success in the software industry.

In the end, breathe, relax, be present with what's in-front of you with all of your heart and good things will come.

I wish you success.

Kellen recommends the following next steps:

Ride your bike into the park.
Sit under a tree.
Breathe deeply and focus on your breath.
Observe your thoughts and do not react. Return to the present.
Repeat daily.

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Wendy’s Answer

If you enjoy being hands on and helping people some fields that might interest you are physical therapy and other health care work, teaching, nonprofit work etc... There are many people oriented jobs. If you are looking into college, your next step should be to think about what subjects interest you the most and what you want to learn more about beyond highschool. Once you have a general direction, you can narrow down your career path.

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Andrew’s Answer

I'd agree with Erich here and echo his point. Don't pick a random degree if you're not 100% sure it's something you want, or is necessary for a job. For example, you do need a degree to be a doctor but to work in business, generally no and I'm sure you can get into an organisation with the right research and preparation for interviews/ to request a meeting with the recruiters. I agree college is important, but only when you know what degree to do and that it'll properly impact your role.

Looking back, I personally would have taken a gap year to explore the world, travel and work the jobs I thought may be interesting at the time. Best way to learn if it's right is just do it.

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Jackie’s Answer

Hello Edwin!

There are plenty of things you can do hands-on that are in fields of enjoyable study! Everybody gets stuck on what to pick for themselves but if you love being outside and working hands on theres opportunities for volunteering such as:

Animal Shelters / Humane Societies/Adoptions
Beach Clean up
Gardening

And if you're looking for a specific field of study at school I would recommend talking with a counselor or advisor so they can give you options on what meets your criteria. Definitely let them know your hobbies and what you enjoy so that you chose something you know you can take further into a career.

You don't have to chose a major or study right away there is plenty of time!

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Reyaadh’s Answer

Hi Edwin,

It is important to complete a degree. I have found that the type of degree you have is not as important especially if you are in corporate. Having an education really teaches you how to think critically and how to strategize.

Upon entering college I had the same dilemma. I started working in a call center for what is now Verizon while going to night school. I started with Business Administration, moved to Electrical Technician, then to Nursing. When I took my first Psychology class I realized I really liked it. So I studied Psychology and Sociology as an undergrad with the intent of becoming a therapist.

I remained with Verizon for 30 years, and I have had many different job functions over time. The technical skills I needed, I learnt on the job; the skills from college I have used multiple times over when working with peers and employees. Many times, hiring managers were intrigued that I had other skills that are not directly related to the job.

So you see, diversity in knowledge can work in your favor. Having a positive outlook on learning will make you versatile. Don’t worry about having all the answers going into college, just go in. The miscellaneous, required class you take in the beginning will be a good starting point to pique your interest.

Best of luck. Hope you find this helpful.

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