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How do you know when you've picked the right career?

This has always been one of my biggest fears: that I'm not going to like the career path I chose. I want to be able to enjoy my job, not dread going everyday. #succession-planning


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Hi, Kailyn, Many people start a career and then change mid-career and are very successful - so do not worry if the first job (or jobs) you take is not perfect for you. Taking internships and speaking to people in the field that interests you, as Jena stated above, are great ideas and are recommended. I also suggest that you keep a list of tasks that interest and do not interest you. This can help lead you into a direction of a job or industry to focus in. For example, if you like math and interpreting numbers/data, then perhaps a data analyst job is for you. If you like to work with people that need assistance (ex. financial), then perhaps a social worker is a place to focus. Once you have a list, start finding jobs and/or industries that focus on those items. If you need help finding jobs that match, start typing key words in career search engines. That should then give you a list to begin reviewing. I hope you find this helpful. Good luck!


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Jena Vargas,’s Answer

Great news, Kailyn! We all have to start somewhere and navigate as we go by determining what interests us and what we'd prefer NOT to do for very long. I'd highly recommend internships, informational phone calls / meetings with professionals in an industry or role that interests you, and also volunteering opportunities help you navigate as well. Your career should be a journey of exploration not simply a "final" destination. Happy Career Hunting!


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