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What made you choose your career? or What events happen to make yo choose this career?

I am 14 years old. My favorite thing to do is watch Netflix and like every other teenager like tiktok #career-choice


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Sunny’s Answer

Hi Kirstin,

My mentor helped me choose the career that I have now as an accountant. Even I majored in Chinese language that I enjoyed, I was still not sure if the job that I had at that time was the one that I wanted to continue pursuing. So I often talked with my mentor about my career and it opened up potentials for new opportunities. Now I can see myself in this career for a long term.

It might take some trial and error to find what you really like to do, but I think the more important thing is to focus on the right direction, not to speed up on finding any career. I took a detour to get where I am now but I think it was a worthwhile experience. So I would like to suggest to specify what you like to do and share your ideas with your family and mentor.

Also, experiences can play a big role when it comes to career. If you participate in volunteer activities related to the career that you are interested in, you will be able to meet with the professionals and get to see how they are working in real life. To do that, find some keywords to search for a career that would interest you so you can get to know more about it.

Let me know if you have any questions, hope this helps!

i found this very helpful i thank you so much.. kirstin J.

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Leland’s Answer

My favorite thing as a kid was Star Wars. Not only did I watch the movies, I listened to the music and learned to play it on the organ. I watched and read anything I could get my hands on about the making of Star Wars. I played with the action figures and as I got older I dabbled in stop -motion. But by the time I started high school in the mid 80s, it seemed like nobody cared about Star Wars anymore. The possibility of working on Star Wars during my college years was practically non-existent. I managed to find work in television for three years until a friend who worked at LucasArts told me they needed game testers. I applied and went to interview and hoped for the best. On January 31st, 1997, I woke up at 4am to get in line to see the 10am screening of the Star Wars A New Hope Special Edition. The release was a huge success and a declaration that Star Wars was back for good. Later that day, I got home to hear a message on my answering machine saying that I’d gotten the job. I’ve been working on Star Wars ever since.

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Evelyn’s Answer

Hello Kirstin!

I'm an Accountancy graduate but my career journey has never been directly related to my education and this happens to very successful people I know in my industry. While education is a very important foundation, your interest and skills have to be considered equally in choosing your career. If you know people who are doing something related to your interest or the skill you have (or want to learn), talk to them, ask them and get some advice - it is always good to learn from those who are actually doing it. If you're active in social media, follow and read posts from experts who show the good, the bad and the ugly so you would understand all angles not just the good ones. If events happen and you don't get to that career path at first try, your interest and skills will most likely steer you back to it - so don't give up! Good luck, hope this helps!

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Amanda’s Answer

Hi Kristin,

I started my college journey not exactly sure what I wanted to do as a career. I chose a variety of courses to expand my options to see what career path I would end up taking. I took a class called Intro to Sports Management, and it was one of my favorite courses in college and it lead me to my degree and career in sports. It reminds me of this quote: “Do what you'll love, and you'll never work another day in your life.” And that's how I feel everyday as the Marketing Director for a G League team for a professional NBA team!

My advice is to explore your interests and hobbies and find people, companies, nonprofits, etc that you can network with, shadow, volunteer at their events or in the office, or see if they have internships to see if this career is what you are passionate about.

Hope this helps! Good Luck, and enjoy the journey of finding your passion!

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Shelby’s Answer

Hi Kirstin.

I am still studying and taking college courses to get to the career I want to work in. But, I will highly recommend seeing if the career field you're interested in has any volunteer opportunities. Then you can get hands on and see if it would be something you would like. Also, ask questions! Find someone who is working in the career field you are interested in, ask them if you can do a interview and ask them questions about their job, how they got there, education, likes, dislikes etc. I am always trying to do research and learn as much as I possibly can about a career I am interested in.

Hope this helps!

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Shelby’s Answer

Hi Kirstin.

I am still studying and taking college courses to get to the career I want to work in. But, I will highly recommend seeing if the career field you're interested in has any volunteer opportunities. Then you can get hands on and see if it would be something you would like. Also, ask questions! Find someone who is working in the career field you are interested in, ask them if you can do a interview and ask them questions about their job, how they got there, education, likes, dislikes etc. I am always trying to do research and learn as much as I possibly can about a career I am interested in.

Hope this helps!

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