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What would you suggest on how to choose a career for someone who isn't sure what they want to do?

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I'm not entirely sure what I want to do for my career. There are so many things I enjoy doing, and a lot of things I'd like to do later in life, but not for a career. I used to want to go into game designing, or a concept artist, but I don't have a fiery passion to do either.

How did you decide on your career? Did you have a talent/hobby you did since childhood, or did something come up in high school? What grade did you know what career you wanted to do? #career #career-choice #career-path #undecided

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Destiny’s Answer

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I decided around my freshmen and sophomore year that I wanted to be a novelist or a librarian as my future career, meaning that I have to be an undergrad English major. Writing and reading books have always been a passion/hobby of mine ever since I was little and I just wanted to continue doing what I love for the rest of my life. If you don't know your future career in high school, it's okay. College is the time where you are open to so many possible career paths when you might come in as a Business major but graduate as a Health Science Major. My advice on picking a career is possibly pick a hobby that you enjoy doing and take a lot of pre-req classes as a freshmen in college so you can be open to all the opportunities you have to choose.

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Darlene’s Answer

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Hi KJ, I meet adults all the time who don't know what they want to do! It's great that you are giving it thought now as it may help you avoid doing something you don't like later on.

When trying to decide what you'd like to do, I always recommend that people spend some time reading job ads. Cut and paste the parts that sound truly fun or fulfilling to you. As you put all of the pieces together, you'll begin to see a pattern of what you would really enjoy.

Also, talk to as many people as you can who are working (or have worked) and ask what they like about their job, what they hate, what a typical day is like, etc. Doing that investigative work now can really help later.

Best of luck!
Darlene
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