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How do know what careers I'm intersted in.


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Lakeisha’s Answer

That's a great question..How do you know what career you are interested in?

Do something you love and excites you everyday you doing your job. When you are passionate about what you love, it drives you to want to give it your best. Brainstorm and come up with whats best for YOU!! When you do what you love it brings a peace of mind and joy all at the same time!

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Bonnie’s Answer

A career choice is a very personal decision. They say if you do something you love and are passionate about, you will never work a day in your life. So think about two things - what do you love to do and what are you particularly good at? Do you love to be around kids? Have you been told you are a great listener? Are you good at organizing things or love science? These are the things you need to concentrate on, then research career choices that involve those.

If you are starting college and unsure, take some required general classes and maybe a few in areas of interest. You may find there are professions out there you don't even know about yet that would be perfect for you.

Also remember that what ever career you start with, it can - and probably will - change several times in your life. That's what makes life interesting. You are never trapped in one path...and even if you find yourself stuck in a job that isn't floating your boat, make sure you have interests and hobbies that do - you never know where it could lead.

I wanted to be an archeologist - a big dream. A girl from a small town with parents who weren't particularly interested in sending me to college, I gave it up and became an office administrator, later got a degree and now I work in a technology field, which I like. But I still would have loved to go for my dream, and I encourage all young people not to give that up.

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David’s Answer

The main answer to this question is what is your passion, interest, dedication, determination and more of what you want to do. Example what you are good at, do you see doing it for a long time or short time, what kind of school subject you like and are you natural to it or you study hard for it. You can try going online and google some career path test, here are couple you can try and see if it helps, if not you can try asking your school counselor or adviser for some assistance.

https://www.whatcareerisrightforme.com/career-aptitude-test.php

https://www.opencolleges.edu.au/careers/career-quiz

https://www.careerexplorer.com/career-test/

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Marina’s Answer

These are all great suggestions, and once you’ve narrowed it down to some areas that you are interested in, try to find opportunitiesto shadow someone in the field(s) you are interested in (even for a day or two). This is a great way to understand what the job would really involve and see if the day-to-day is something you’d enjoy.

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Kevin’s Answer

Hey! I struggled with this topic a lot too, but I found that joining career-related organizations and clubs, and taking different electives at my university really helped me decide what career path I wanted to go down. I changed my career choices a dozen times up until my Sophomore year, when my friend and peer asked me to join their student-ran advertising club. Before this, I had taken different electives and classes that gave me an idea of what a career in those fields would look like. However, once I joined this advertising club, it became very clear that my passions truly aligned with advertising. Everyone has those passions; if you find a class or club that really plays into your passions, you'll soon start to get an idea of what career you want to build out of it.

Kevin recommends the following next steps:

Network with different folks in different career fields!
Attend a job fair and build your interview skills, and understand what types of jobs/roles there are.

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Priscilla’s Answer

This is a great question! Start by thinking about things that you're interested and areas where you can best utilize your skills, this can certainly vary as you progress in your career. A good place to begin is by looking at your network, or begin reaching out to individuals who work in areas you may be interested in, to discuss what their path looked like. It's important to find a job, as well as a company, that makes you feel fulfilled.

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Ross’s Answer

This is a challenging question, and most people do not figure it out right away. Of course, we all want to work on a career that you find both interesting and fulfilling.

The best way to start answering this is by looking around you. What do you find interesting? Are you curious as to how people behave? Or how large structures stay up in stormy weather? Or maybe you have a curiosity on how people can stay healthy?

You can also try looking at yourself. What makes you happy? Does caring for other people make you happy? Or is it the time you spend painting or writing? Or maybe you find joy in preparing food or imagining a places?

That's a lot of questions, and you have the rest of your life to figure it out, but do know this: all you have to do is keep asking these questions and try following your interests and what makes you happy. Your joy and happiness should lead you in careers that will interest you.

And if you don't get it on the first try, try something different! That's part of life and don't be too hard on yourself.

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Heather’s Answer

What is something that you enjoy? Use that and search for jobs that deal with what you love to do. Volunteer for example lets say you love animals and think maybe you want to be a vet see if there are any local vets that you could volunteer in and see how you like it. This will give you an idea if you think that you would want to do it every day.

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Morgan 🌐’s Answer

"Do what you love" is fair advice, but what if you love too many things?

If you're entering college, as stated, do the general classes. However, also include classes that count towards credits, but are things you might be semi-interested in.

I'm not saying "Do something you have no interest in just because you might like it", but if you have a mild interest in the theater, consider that. Careers really are a lot of different, moving parts under a name or title. A theater interest today may lead to an after-school caregiver tomorrow, or economics to the financial side of civil engineering.

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Genesis’s Answer

Hi Za'Yana,

This is a great question! I too had the same thoughts when I was in high school and was unsure on what I wanted to do and what to pursue. I think the first question I would ask is what is your favorite subject? For me, I loved math. From there I started exploring what possible jobs I could find that have some type of relation to math. When I was in school I came across an accounting class. At the time I did not know much about it, but had heard of it before and knew some type of math was involved. I decided to take the class and loved it, and that's how I knew I wanted to pursue a career in accounting.

Once you find a subject you like or are interested in, I would pursue. If the class or course is available I would take it and see if you like it. If you don't have a favorite subject I would suggest jotting down things you're interested in. Maybe you enjoy helping, or interacting with kids. A teacher would be a great occupation. Or maybe you prefer one on one sessions where you listen and advice, psychologist might be great. I believe there is something truly out there for everyone, you just need to think about what it is, do your research, and hopefully something interesting will cross your path.

Hope this helps, and good luck!

Genesis

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Nancy’s Answer

I think you are asking how to know what career is best for you - one idea is to ask people what they do for work and ask them to explain what they do every day. If something sounds interesting see if you can go and visit the person when they are at work. Another idea is to read the newspaper and notice what different companies or organizations do and think about if what they do is something you'd like to be a part of . There are many many jobs and careers possible - don't feel you have to stay with the first one you chose.

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William’s Answer

Good question, Za'Yana ! If there is a filed you're interested that really excites you, contact an employer and see if they any internships available. This will give you great hands-on experience and help you to determine if this is a field that you want to pursue further!

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Tia’s Answer

Great question and some great advice given already!

To reiterate what several have said, think about what excites you. Also realize that your passions and strengths may change and develop over time, so the field that you initially start your career in may not be the field that you stay with. And that's okay!

Self-assess occasionally. Make sure that what you are doing fits your skill sets. Also check to see if it answers career questions for yourself.

There are a few assessments out there (I've seen some already mentioned) that will help you realize your strengths and opportunities. And definitely take advantage or internships, mentor ships, and networking opportunities to find out about careers that you are potentially interested in.

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Jayaprakash’s Answer

Well, I guess you need to first get the answers for following:

- What do you want? Money, knowledge, travel, help, or be yourself
- What makes you happy?
- How do you like to spend your free time?

It might be confusing in the beginning. But as Ross said, keep asking questions yourself and the picture will get clear with every right question or answer.

After choosing don’t linger away and keep shifting your focus. Getting into it and try to become good in what you choose. You will definitely succeed in life. All the Best !!!!

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Cody’s Answer

Very good question. It is often difficult to find joy in an occupation. I have always followed my interests when it comes to applying for jobs. I enjoyed what I studied in school and the lessons professors taught. Translating that joy into a profession is not always easy, but you must stay engaged in networking in that field, making development efforts, and finding happiness in these. You will know you are interested in a career path when you are excited to get to work and do not keep a running clock of the workday. If a career is not the best fit early on in a career, that is surely ok as it will help development your interests and you may learn something new. Never be afraid to chase something.

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Kateena’s Answer

I would suggest to ask you self what career would allow me feel happy, for filed, and that I can see my self doing every day with a genuine smile? Once you find that career that make you feel that way , try to learn as much as you can about that field and try to be the best at it.

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Kristi’s Answer

Choose a career that you are passionate about doing something that you love! Whether it be helping people, helping animals, doing math, or even painting. Your career choice is what you make it and how hard you work for it. Anything is possible, if you want it bad enough and are willing to work for it and towards your ultimate goal!


Best of Luck in your Future Endeavors!

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steve’s Answer

Do something you are very interested in and see if they have a RIDE A LONG type program. This will give you some inside scoop on the true job.... You need to enjoy what you do and get satisfaction from it.... Take general classes that are required. I went to school for one thing and complely ended up in a different field... That is ok to do.

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Jackie’s Answer

Finding what career path you would like to take all depends on what you enjoy doing. It could range from a passion to a hobby, or a skill you acquire that encourages you to learn more. Once you determine what you enjoy doing, you want to do more research on it to establish it's the right path for you, as well as take it to the next level but getting an education in this field:

Art, Music & Literature
Business, Finance & Accounting
Resort, Hospitality & Tourism
Education
Psychology

Deciding what colleges offer the best opportunities for these majors is a great way to ensure of a good education for your career path. For example, internships can give you an idea of what you would be doing in that job position or get the feel for the atmosphere of that working environment.

After this, many college advisors can help you succeed further by helping you set up a proper resume and applying to real jobs.

Home this was helpful good luck!

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Douglas’s Answer

As you approach your career, remember why you are working instead of sitting on the beach. We work so we can live...hence make a living. You will find joy in your career if you are successful at it and can generate enough compensation to make a living at it, that simple. People tend to find success in their career if they are interested and passionate about their work. You may find that you have a broad interest in the business world or science fields or example, but unsure of specifics. So you may move around to 2 or 3 positions within business before you discover your real calling. Also, there are some career oriented surveys you can use that will help you uncover your aptitude. Hope this helps.

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Elana’s Answer

Such an important thing, and it can be very hard to take the first step.
The key thing is talking with as many people as possible, with a few structured questions ready.
1. How did they choose the career they are in?
2. What specific preparation--type of degree, internship, apprencticeship, etc
3. The pros and cons---what they would change if they could.
4. If you want to explore more, who do they think you should talk to?
5. A typical day at their job--what time in office, how much remote work, what's the org. culture.
6. What salary could you expect as a new person?


And thank them for their time and send a thank you note same day.
Over time, some of the fields will seem interesting to you and you can start to target potential employers.

Good luck!

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