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What types of careers or industries might best fit me?

My strength's are being organized, being a good listener, a go getter and a perfectionist, and some of my hobbies are listening to music, drawing, watching YouTube, and playing mobile games. I don't know what career or industry might fit me. #business #free


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Paula’s Answer

HI Annette,

What a great self-awareness. Consider yourself lucky to understand your strength and what you enjoy.

I think you may enjoy what I do now. I'm a Product Experience Manager for HBO Max (movie streaming service)- tech industry. The central part of my role is to listen to customers and understand what they need. Then, I translate those into how to build a better product experience. My day-to-day is a mix of gathering ideas (internal and external), brainstorming with internal partners (Software Engineering, Project Managers, Marketing, Analytics, UX Designers, etc), and creating short term and long term strategies/ plans.

There are two ways to get here depending on your skills and talents (STEM/ Technical and non-STEM). Both require a college degree. People in this field came from so many different background. So, typically this role is not an entry level job. If you're on LinkedIn, I highly suggest you to look for profiles with "Associate Product Manager" title. This title is typically the first level for this career path. You can learn many examples how people get to this stage.

Feel free to reach out if you are interested to learn more about possible education paths to get here!

Best,
Paula

Paula recommends the following next steps:

Confirm if you would enjoy STEM or non-STEM path
Start researching college options
Reach out to mentors throughout your journey
Be patient (career progress is a marathon, not a sprint)

Thank you so much Paula!! This is more detailed than I thought, I thank you for that :) I will also keep that in mind. Annette L.

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Sunitha Blossom’s Answer

Annette, my appreciation to you as well for recognizing your strengths so well. Everyone has suggested good career paths in Product management, requirements etc which are great roles. I just want to add that since you like to listen and people are your focus - its a very niche quality in today's world where everything is fast pace- you might also want to look at ''counselling'', '' care giver'' as a career specially with Behavioral Health cases on rise due to the pandemic!
You have a world of options to choose from however :). Wishing you the very best.


Thank you so much! I agree :) Annette L.

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Noah’s Answer

Hi Annette,

I think it's great that you are so aware of your strengths and the things you enjoy! I would start by saying that for anyone trying to determine what careers/industries they should consider pursuing, it is critical to really understand your strengths/weaknesses and have a high level of self awareness. If you think you are organized but the feedback you continually get from teachers/friends/parents is that you are not on top of things you should be on top of, maybe you are not as self aware as you think. Take a piece of paper and write down your strengths/skills and weaknesses/areas for improvement. Then share these lists with someone that knows you very well to get their feedback.

Having great listening skills, being organized, being driven to succeed, and liking things done properly are all amazing traits. I would recommend that everyone pursue these traits no matter what career they would like to have. Along with this, your hobbies seem to be more individual focused or introverted. If this is the case it would make more sense for you to pursue a career path that would enable you to work on assignments/initiatives. Ask yourself this question "Do I enjoy collaborating with others or am I more wired to fly solo on things I work on?" The answer to this question will help you better understand what types of jobs would be fulfilling.

I believe you would enjoy working in the Tech Industry as a programmer or project manager potentially. You may enjoy working in advertising/marketing which would provide you a creative outlet. One thing I have learned in my career is that every job I have had has provided me outlets for the things I love and has also required me to do things I don't enjoy very much. The key is finding the right balance and understanding that all jobs require you to do things that are less enjoyable but still need to be done well.

Noah recommends the following next steps:

Spend some additional time with self awareness exercises. Get to know who you are better and what drives you as a person.
Spend some time online looking up different jobs/careers/industries/companies.

Thank you so much Noah! I appreciate it very much I will definitely keep that in mind. Annette L.

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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Annette,

Wow, you have a great starting point by knowing your strengths. I would ask you to start looking a little deeper at those strengths. When you say you are organized, what do you like to organize? Is it the space around you or the way that you spend your time? You could be someone who creates spaces for people, like an interior designer or you could organize people's lives like administrative assistants.

You are an artist. What do you like to draw? How do you draw? I have a nephew who is an artist and he is now in school learning how to do graphic design. Drawing with pen and paper can be challenging to translate into some software programs. At least it would be for me. He really likes being able to create art on a computer. I work in corporate training and some of my peers are animators. One artistic friend of mine is mad about marketing.

Another family member of mine took a passionate for music and went to get a degree in Music Producing. It's a competitive field, but that takes a love of music and a go-getter spirit.

So what I would recommend is thinking about what are your strengths, why you like them, and what would you want to do with them.

Good luck on your career search.
Gloria

Thank you for giving me examples such as your friends and family members, I appreciate it and helped me visualize things more. :) Annette L.

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Jeffrey’s Answer

Being a good listener is useful in many fields. The first one that pops into my mind is a therapist or psychologist who helps people overcome emotional/behavioral problems. The psychologist needs to listen carefully to the patient to understand what is bothering the person and what might be the cause. This requires active listening, not just hearing, but really listening to understand what the person means which can be different from what they are saying.

Sometimes it is easier for patients to express how they feel through activity. This is where your interest in music and drawing might come in useful. Relaxing music might make it easier for a patient to express their feelings. And there is a whole discipline around art therapy. Sometimes people find it easier to express their feeling by making pictures than by using words.

I know from attending many work meeting that a lot of people like to express their opinions, but few people are willing to carefully listen to what others have to say. Part of good listening means being able to put yourself in the speakers position in order to understand why they are saying what they are saying.

I hope this helps.

When you are a good listener you remember things about people that are important to them. When you show that you remember special things like a person's favorite vacation they appreciate it.

Thank You Jeffrey I appreciate is very much I have been told that too. :) Annette L.

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Glenn’s Answer

Some of the best Sales people I know have all of the attributes that you have described.
High technology sales people need to: listen carefully; understand a situation; have a logical mind; and most importantly, help a prospect see a vision of the future by using a set of technology based tools to reach a goal by overcoming a challenge.

The solution also needs to provide benefits and help the prospect ( soon to be client) be more profitable.
Every company that makes a product or provides a service, needs a team of people that can sell their solutions.

Not many places have curriculums in sales best practices, however keep this in mind as you think about areas of interest.
Passion, travel, action are elements of careers in Sales. Story telling is an important aspect of this type of career, there are great resources on this, it will also help you in any career that you choose.

Thank you so much Glenn! Annette L.

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Gary’s Answer

You are off to a good start identifying your likes. Just a few thoughts, both Architects and Engineers are organized and perfectionists in many ways. They listen to their clients and design to their likes. They are creative. Many colleges and universities offer classes to help identify and describe their programs which may help with your decision. Go to some of the colleges you may be interested in and check out their web sites.

Other resources are your friends and family. They may get your creatives juices flowing to find your ultimate passion. Whatever you choose, it should be something you enjoy. Something that gives you passion and drive. This will make you successful in your career.

Thank you very much Gary. I have told friends and family and they will always support me in anything.:) Annette L.

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Julian’s Answer

Hi Annette,

I would keep Product Management in mind when you're on your career path. Not only would it play to your strengths - being organized, being a good listener, a go-getter, and a perfectionist. But you get to work on and help design some really cool product and features. They have Product Management roles at Youtube and also here at HBO.

That sounds interesting. Thank you Julian! :) Annette L.

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Stuart’s Answer

Understanding your strengths is a great start. When you get into college take a variety of different classes to expose yourself to different areas to see what you like. I have a child that entered with no declared major. After talking with advisors and taking gen ed required classes, a she found a major. Remember that declaring a major when entering college is not binding. You can change your mind

Yes, I have been told that Stuart. Thank you so much I will keep that in mind. :) Annette L.

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Marie’s Answer

Your strengths and hobbies are a good place to start when it comes to focusing on a career that you will like and be good at. You sound like a well-rounded person who will likely enjoy and excel at a great number of things. Deciding on where to start your career path can be challenging.

Think about who in your life can help you with this decision and ask them for help. Seek out a teacher, a guidance counselor, a parent or a trusted adult in your life and ask them if they can help. Others may see additional strengths in you that you do not see in yourself. A teacher or guidance counselor may have information on different career paths that they could share with you.

There are books available to help teens decide on their career path. The following article may be helpful:
https://www.parent.com/these-8-books-can-help-your-teen-choose-a-career/

Good Luck!
Marie

Yes thank you Marie, I appreciate it very much:) Annette L.

You are welcome! Marie MacNichol

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Mary’s Answer

Engineering majors require exactly what you are describing. Being detailed oriented is what engineering is about and it pays extremely well.

I have been told that:) thank you mary Annette L.

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Rebecca’s Answer

How wonderful it is to know your strengths. I would definitely look into any kind of career that is more analytical in nature. Project Managment has been fun for me and I have enjoyed watching things come to life as I move them through a process. You can use project managment in many different areas including consulting, design, engineering, etc....


I have been told that too Rebecca, Thank you so much I will keep that in mind :) Annette L.

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mouna’s Answer

you should the start-up industry, your skills will fit exactly to their needs

I don't understand what u mean, but I think I know kind of what u mean but thank you mouna:) Annette L.

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Moshe’s Answer

Great starting point identifying your core strength and hobbies. At an initial step, I would recommend simply experimenting, diving deeper into your hobbies, and injecting your core strength into each one. Slowly or immediately, you'll start noticing if the hobby becomes a core interest that compliments your strengths and has a potential career avenue.

Discovering what you want to do, idetifying the idusrty and profession and finding the right fit takes time, thoguth and experimentation

Thank you Moshe, I appreciate it! I will keep that in mind. Annette L.

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Jeffrey’s Answer

Being a good listener is useful in many fields. The first one that pops into my mind is a therapist or psychologist who helps people overcome emotional/behavioral problems. The psychologist needs to listen carefully to the patient to understand what is bothering the person and what might be the cause. This requires active listening, not just hearing, but really listening to understand what the person means which can be different from what they are saying.

Sometimes it is easier for patients to express how they feel through activity. This is where your interest in music and drawing might come in useful. Relaxing music might make it easier for a patient to express their feelings. And there is a whole discipline around art therapy. Sometimes people find it easier to express their feeling by making pictures than by using words.

I know from attending many work meeting that a lot of people like to express their opinions, but few people are willing to carefully listen to what others have to say. Part of good listening means being able to put yourself in the speakers position in order to understand why they are saying what they are saying.

I hope this helps.

When you are a good listener you remember things about people that are important to them. When you show that you remember special things like a person's favorite vacation they appreciate it.

Thank you so much jeffrey! Annette L.

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