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how do i chose what i want to be?

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Ramesh’s Answer

I'm with Barry-- find out what you really LOVE first. What is your dream, your passion? You'll find the motivation to overcome all obstacles to get there, and you will be great at what you do, because you love it.

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Mark’s Answer

Finding what you love to do makes work fun and exciting while doing a job just for a paycheck makes for long and frustrating days.

If you have multiple areas of interest I would recommend talking to people in those fields and then see which ones have internships or opportunities to talk to others in that field that can give you the ground truth.

Another option is to do part time work in your field of interest to see if you enjoy it or not. Some of the fields you noted, like the Army, you can do part-time in the Guard or the Reserves while in college and since the Army has just about every job you could think of, it allows you to try out two areas at the same time. Just make sure the recruiter understands how long you want to be in and they can normally help you towards what you want.

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Barry’s Answer

That is always a challenge. I think it is a combination of several things. First, ask yourself what is your passion and what are your interests. What do you most love to think about or do? Then, consider how you can apply your passion and those interests to working. Maybe you have to start out by volunteering or getting a part-time job. If you are applying for your first full-time job, try to find a job in which your passions and interests can be put to good use.

It is also a good idea to do some research with the help of a mentor, such as a parent, teacher or guidance counselor to explore how your passion and interests can be applied to available jobs or careers. When you find a job or career you think would interest you, ask your mentor for help in finding out how you can speak with someone who works in that area. That is one of the best ways to learn about what you might want to do.

Barry recommends the following next steps:

Identify your passion and interests.
Look for ways you can apply your passion and interest to volunteer or part-time work before applying for a full-time job.
Research jobs and careers that relate to your interests with the help of an adult mentor.
When you find a job or career that might interest you, try to speak with someone who works in that area.

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Jennifer’s Answer

Do what lights you up! What brings you joy? What motivates you? What makes you feel good about yourself and the contribution you are making? When you do something you love that you are also good at, it can often not feel like "work!" And remember, it's not just a ONE time choice or path you need to take in life. If you can, take the time to try different things by volunteering or interning, especially when you're young and still in school. Good luck!