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How can I find t jobs and careers are right for me?

I am a very extroverted person who loves meeting, talking-to, and listening to other people and their stories. In the past I have considered majoring in psychology but had trouble finding a fitting career. Though I am good at publically speaking, I thrive more in mathematics then in English. #career-choice #career-counseling #career-path.


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Jennifer’s Answer

Hi, Mariana!

Have you considered taking a career assessment? These tests (including free ones found online) can be a wonderful starting point. Understanding more about yourself will help too, such as personality type, learning style(s), and multiple intelligences. Using this information, you can begin to learn where your natural aptitudes lie and can point you in the right direction. Unfortunately, I don't feel like one assessment will have all the answers -- hence my recommendation of four!

Internships, job shadows, and cooperative learning experiences can all be useful in gaining insight into what career would be a good fit. Interviewing people who do what you're interested in, as well as researching careers online, can be an interesting way of gaining insight and information.

One invaluable resource that I frequently use is the Occupational Outlook Handbook (bls.gov/ooh). In addition to learning about what jobs are available, you can see what a typical day looks like, the education needed, the 10-year career outlook, and salary ranges.

This should get you started! Armed with this information, you can better utilize your time with the school counselor and/or career center on campus. But I'll follow this and will be happy to answer additional questions if you have them!

All the best!

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Genesis’s Answer

Hi Mariana,

Great question! I too have had trouble figuring out what I wanted to do as a career. I am also extroverted, enjoy talking to people and really love math. What I decided to do was research some occupations that potentially had what was most important to me. I was very interested in a stable high paying job as well as something that involved mathematics. I came across accounting and thought it would be a great fit. In my experience I was lucky enough to take an accounting course when I was in high school and that also helped me really decide on my career path.

I understand the difficulty in figuring this out, but after reading your interests, maybe I would consider a career in accounting? Accounting is a great career to have. I have met some of the greatest people during the course of my career. Through school you meet so different people that will eventually become your colleagues as you further your major. There are also awesome networking opportunities where you get to meet different people, and in many circumstances the people you meet could help open doors for you in the future. Accounting is awesome in the sense that it is broad and you can specialize in so much.

Maybe this could work for you? Maybe you may not like it, but I am a firm believer in experiences. Experiences will help shape and mold you into the person you will want and need to become! :)

Hope this helps and good luck with everything!

Genesis

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Tara’s Answer

Does marketing or business appeal to you? Both build well off of extroverted personalities, and will make good use of your math skills. Perhaps something like working as an account rep or trader, or in business development? If you're also good at multitasking, project management, and facilitating cooperation between different teams and personalities, you might enjoy operations?
Engineers with people skills are always in high demand as well...

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Mohammed’s Answer

There are a variety of career aptitude tests available with a simple google search, These will give you a number of questions asking you about your best traits and using your answers to pair you with a career that fits your strong suits. aside from using this as a starting point, it may be very helpful to shadow professionals in the line of work you are interested in to get a feel for what their day to day job looks like.

hope that helps

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Hanleigh’s Answer

I would highly recommend taking the Focus 2 Career Assessment! It is an assessment that asks you a question about what you like, what you do not like, how you are with people, etc. , and it gives you an extensive list of careers that would be a good fit for you. https://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/major/ is also a great website where you can search your major and see what careers you can do with that major. It also includes specific steps on how to achieve that specific career. Hope this helps!

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Nagendra’s Answer

Hello, I have gone through your write up on you and your question. you want to know if you are in the right place . If you are feeling happy of what you are doing then you are in the right place. This should happen despite if you have any other challenges in this Job. The challenges and difficulty in the career should be there to keep you uplift in your role.

The write up given about is just speaking about your character and not aboout your skills. This things will be a plus point but you need skills to boost up your career. Develop them too.

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Rayya’s Answer

Mariana,

I agree with taking a few career match tests- they can be pretty fun and insightful. But I would like to add that maybe you should create a list of what your "perfect job" would consist of. And then maybe do a quick Google search for careers people don't think to consider. There may be a few choices that closely match your wish list.

Personal example: even though I know librarians exist, that was never a career I considered. But there are so many career paths as a librarian, and becoming a librarian does not require a specific undergrad degree. As someone who works in a public library (as an introvert, but also with a BS in Psychology) getting to know people, problem solving, and expressing myself creatively is something I do daily.

Hope this helped some!

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Ghulam’s Answer

Hi Mariana,
Finding your perfect career won’t happen overnight, and it may take a while to really find the right path for you, you may sit down and filter something like below some point;
1)List down all the available option:
You can list down all the available option even if those are very little to your areas of interest, then you can start start parsing out the option which can narrow your growth/goal, always keep a wide options open which will give you more opportunities.
2)Based on your own exp:
You can further filter based on your past exp if some particular domain doesn't make you energetic/enthusiastic, we have to be little cautious here as sometimes we just don't want to work due to a small thing instead we can look in a broader aspect and focus more on what we like & explore more that.
3)Senior/mentor advice,
Deciding our career based on what we like, but at the same time it also very important to seek advice from seniors or mentors, their guidance plays a great role in growing. They can be from different areas or domain but their advice should never be underestimated.

Trust me, it's never easy to find a perfect match, sometime we have to work harder in finding best out of some option which we just don't like, sometime it also happens that initially we don't like and as we deep inside we start liking it and eventually it becomes our strength.

Hope for your best future & Good luck!

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Gina’s Answer

I would definitely start with some sort of career assessment. I have the same type of personality-- have you ever thought about sales? Especially outside sales? if there's an area that interests you, maybe a sales role would be perfect. Would allow you to meet many different types of people, every day is different, and there's a sense of job security (especially now).

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Lisa’s Answer

Sounds like a good career fit for you would be a career in sales as an account manager, pharmaceutical sales, real estate sales. All of those positions involve talking and listening to people as well as giving presentations.

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Kateena’s Answer

There are a lot of different test that you can google online that will lead you in the right place. I would say answer the questions honestly not what you believe how you should answer the question . This will allow you to get a accurate result of what you should pursue your career in the future.

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Charles R’s Answer

My advice for you would be to major in marketing concentrating specially in retail sales. I majored in marketing but did not have the outgoing personality that you have. Sales would be a great career path for you and can be a very financially rewarding career!

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Fiona’s Answer

I would suggest taking a career assessment. Also, listing out all your options and interests. Talk to people in each of those areas and try to find internships or part time jobs for work experience. Sometimes you really need to experience it first hand to know if you will like it!

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Anthony’s Answer

I would suggest researching and possible internship. Also join linkedin and they have skilled test that will match your needs and place you in the preferred career choice that best suits you!

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