I'm unsure what career options would suit me best with my current interests and hobbies. What advice can be given when looking for a career path that would suit me better when regarding my strengths and interests?
I'm currently a senior in high school. I enjoy marine biology, choir, colorguard (marching band), and helping others for the general cause. I have multiple interests but am unsure how to figure out what career path may suit me best depending on my strengths. My top 2 strengths are open mindedness of others situations and perspectives (I can understand both sides of the story), and the ability to take charge (leadership), even in stressful times. #marinebiology #choir #colorguard #helpingothers #leadership #career-counseling #career-choice #career
I also recommend doing as many informational interviews with people as possible. Generally, people in all professions are willing to share more information about their job, educational background, how they got to where they are, what a day in the life looks like for them, etc. Informational interviews are a great way to learn and also establish a network of contacts across industries.
Finally, as time goes on and you develop more insight about yourself - I would look at four areas and see where they intersect
1. What is your passion
2. What is your unique brilliance
3. What does the world need
4. What can you make a living at
Best of luck!
1. Ocean Engineering
2 . Marine Biology
3. Marine Mammal Trainer
4. Marine Archeology
5 .Marine Researcher
6 .Marine Environment Educator/ Oceanography
7. Aquatic Veterinarian
8 .Scuba Diving Instructor and Underwater Filmmaker
9 .Marine Scientist
10. Marine Environment Economist
You could also work with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and help keep the world clean and healthy!
Kimberly recommends the following next steps:
Figure out what your life goals are (ie. work to fund your hobbies, work as your hobby)
Figure out what you want to learn from a job, what you value in a job
Figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are
Figure out what jobs align with your personal abilities and your personal & professional goals
Figure out what opportunities are closely available to you (ie. school network, campus recruiting, personal connections, etc)
* Doing some leg work - researching careers
* Rolling up your sleeves- spending a day in the life to see what the day to day really is
* Engaging people - professionals in the fields of interest, counselors and teachers are all great sources
* Studying - your first few years in college are great to learn the theoretical practice and foundations behind numerous options
This is a big decision so dedicate time like you would to a major project. Then trust your gut based on everything you find. This is important because there are so many options out there and the facts will make it tricky to decide. That is where your instinct will break the tie.
You kind of presented a career option for yourself according to what I have read, let me try breaking it down and give you a little bit advice or direction but you can always ask you high school counselor for the remaining time to help, once you get into college you will have to reply on career center services and college counselor or support. So here are couple thing I can advice you or give you some ideas to think about. You say you like to do the following thing, "I enjoy marine biology, choir, colorguard (marching band), and helping others for the general cause." which is very good and I do hope you get into the college of your choice as well as enjoying all the organization and club the school have for you. So let's just back to the topic since you are a senior in high school and about to go into College/University either in the summer or fall, First thing I believes is you probably already apply for college as well maybe got accepted to the College/University you apply or wanted to attend. Like most freshmen, first semester is about transiting to a new environment and new setting. I would say maybe start with couple introductory college course to see if your marine biology or biology science is something you like. If you start feeling a little bit uncomfortable due to the course work and etc. your may go to the career center or your counselor and see if they can maybe assist or give you a career path test to see what career is more suitable for you.
There are also plenty of tests like these that can go deeper from how you are in a group, what you see yourself doing/not doing in a career, etc. But this one on Sokanu is really straight forward and so easy! It gives you lists of careers and jobs and you simply just rate them from if you'd love doing it or if you'd hate it.
Your dilemma sounds very familiar to my own back when I was your age. I recall being equally proficient in all of my courses in high school but especially enjoyed taking electives like biology, art, choir, psychology, and mainly any courses that were not my usual math or English that were always part of my schedule. I was also in tennis and a cheerleader for the last two years of high school. I struggled to figure out what I wanted to major in because I couldn't determine what courses I was strongest in.
Additionally, I have always been the peacemaker/mediator in my family and among my peers. I'm slow to speak but observe and listen to everything before determining who is at fault and always make it a point to be fair and diplomatic. Leadership comes naturally for me, even when I don't plan for it because I prefer to be a behind-the-scenes kind of leader.
With that said, because I understand where you're coming from, I can tell you that you are in a unique position to pick from a variety of majors and do well at any of them, if you wanted to. Honestly, it's possible that you won't have full clarity of your choice(s) until after you're a year or two into college life. So, my advice to you is to do the personality assessments mentioned in some of the other responses to your inquiry; research more career options this summer; and, initiate some dialogues with people in some of these career options you're considering so that you can see if you can picture yourself in their role.
Now, if you want my personal opinion of some career options that I personally believe would suit your natural diplomacy and leadership skills, here are some definitions of two career options that I borrowed from my friend Merriam-Webster to add to your research list this summer:
Legal Definition of MEDIATOR: one that works to effect reconciliation, settlement, or compromise between parties at variance.
Legal Definition of ARBITRATOR: an impartial person or group that is given the power by disputing parties to resolve their dispute.
Please feel free to keep me posted on your findings as you dig a little deeper into your future career!
Your strengths will apply for a wide variety of fields and will serve you well. Continue to develop these talents. Michael Jordan, one of *the* basketball greats of all time, was gifted with talent for the game. But what made him a "great" was the fact that he worked harder than anyone else at developing his talent for maximum return.
I wish you all the best in your endeavors.
"The higher you want to climb, the more you need leadership. The greater the impact you want to make, the greater your influence needs to be." John C. Maxwell