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What career best fits me?

If my strengths are hardworking and caring and my hobbies are basketball and being active (exercise) what type of career best fits me? #careers


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Kai’s Answer

HI Eloy, there are so many careers to choose from ,and only you can decide what is best for you. However suggestions for what you mentioned can include personal trainers, basketball coach, gym owner, working for a fitness company, I'm not sure what kind of exercise you are into besides basketball, however there are so many exercise activities out there (snowboarding, skiing, biking, running, yoga, weights, boxing, karate, football, baseball, soccer, etc ) that have so many career opportunities. Please note that being hardworking and caring are two strengths that would work well in ALMOST ANY CAREER out there! Have fun in your career search!

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Caryn’s Answer

Hey Eloy!

My best advice for anyone trying to find a career is to analyze what you wanted to be as a kid. What did 7 year old Eloy want to be when he grew up? Why did he want to be that? When we are old enough to dream of becoming anything we want to be; and when we are young enough that adults don't tell us we can't be that; that is the the most honest answer we can give to ourselves about what we were created for. If you are hardworking and caring, maybe you could be a coach and pass on these qualities to students. Maybe you enjoy more of the science side of things; you could become a physical therapist. Or maybe you enjoy social media; you could work to become a social media manager for a local team and work your way up.

Whatever path you choose, it's okay to change if you find out that isn't for you. Try new things! Volunteer at sports events, take a kinesiology class, get near the thing you want to do and what you were meant to do will find you.

Best of luck!
Caryn

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Gene’s Answer

I love Kai's answer. There are definitely careers out there that align with your interests in basketball and exercise. Kai listed just a few of the many opportunities out there the world of fitness.

What I would like to focus on is the hardworking and caring traits that you describe about yourself. There are so many opportunities out there that need people who have a heart for others. For example, there are non-profit organizations around the world that are in desperate need of people who are hardworking and caring like you. When I was in college, I would spend my Summers volunteering at homeless shelters, making dinners for people who came into the facility after a long day outside. At an even younger age I volunteered at United Several Palsy Center, helping physically challenged youth. Though I did not end up pursuing a career in the non-profit sector, it did open my eyes to the vast number of opportunities that existed out there. It also helped me realize that I could earn a living doing something that I was passionate about.

I hope this helps!

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Tova’s Answer

Great question! There are so many jobs out there, which is really exciting because there are a lot of possible good fits. I would recommend thinking about fields you are interested in (i.e. sports medicine, athletics, etc) and reaching out to folks who work in that industry in different roles. Like Ro mentioned, there are a lot of roles you can have in any given industry. When I was trying to figure out what to do, I found it most helpful to talk to people in that role. I found people to reach out to through two main venues: first, I reached out to my network (friends, family, classmates) to see who they knew and if they could introduce me. Second, I went on LinkedIn (you can quickly create a simple profile with your picture and interests) and searched for folks to message. Most of these people were alumni of my schools and some were just people who were in roles at companies I was interested in. It was important to be up-front with them, so I structured my message by introducing myself, why I wanted to talk to them (I just want to hear about your experience as I try to figure out my path), and asked if they would be willing to talk for 30 minutes on the phone. Most people have questioned what they'll do professionally, so many will emotionally understand your request. The worst case scenario is they say no. The best is you get an informative conversation.

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Emily’s Answer

Hi! There are so many fun and interesting routes you can take in your career to follow your love for sports and exercise. There are so many different paths such as coaching a basketball team or being a personal trainer at a gym. If you decide to further your education, you could go into Kinesiology and Exercise Science or Physical Therapy. If you decide to go the route of being a coach or trainer, you could even check within your local community to see if you could observe them to learn more and see if you like it. Don't be afraid to try different things because you have endless career opportunities with the interests you have noted.

Good luck! You've got this!

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Ro’s Answer

Your career path and your hobby may or may not intersect - it depends on what you want to make a living at doing. For example, if you love basketball, you could become an athlete, trainer, doctor, coach, or get into the video production aspect, or even management setting. Not every person involved in the NBA is an athlete, right?
Fortunately you have good traits (hard working, active) that can be used in every profession! I think it would be a good idea to contact your guidance counselor or career counselor (every school has one) and see if there is an assessment test that you could take to see if certain career paths are more suitable to your traits and personality. These tests will not be the final determination for your career path, but serve as a guide so you have some direction and options. Best of luck to you!

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Valerie’s Answer

You should consider being a gym teacher! This will allow you to be active and care for children while they take your class. You could also think about being a sports medicine doctor, a physical therapist, or an athlete!
There are lots of options for you. I think it would be best to explore your options under a human-health development major in college.
Best of luck

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Sethu’s Answer

Please explore National Outdoor Leadership School. Good study options and certifications if you like and want too pursue a career in sports, management etc.

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Sunny’s Answer

Hi Eloy,

I think taking a career test can give you some ideas about the career paths that you might be interested in. When I was not sure about what I wanted to be, I used to take these tests online to have objective insights about myself. I think it is useful in a way to show you options based on your interests and preferences. You can check this out below.

https://www.careerexplorer.com/career-test/

I also think asking your close friends or family would be helpful. They have seen you for a long time so they probably know what strengths you have and what would be the best fit for you.


Good luck in finding your career!

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Krasti’s Answer

Hi Eloy,
Similar to what most people answered here, I want to echo that your traits of hardworking and caring are great for any career! My advice is to not restrict your career based on your hobbies (basketball) unless you are absolutely passionate about it. You can still enjoy your hobbies on the side while working in a career that is absolutely different. You just need to explore and find out what other jobs are available. When I was in school, I also had difficulty finding a career that I would be good in. I kept an open mind and took many different classes. Then I narrowed it down to the classes that I had interest in learning. In my case, I enjoyed learning about science and business. So I took more classes in those fields, talked to people about jobs available in those areas and finally narrowed my choice. It takes time to narrow down to a career that you want to pursue, so don't worry if you haven't figured it out immediately. Also, my hobby is tennis, so I still make sure I play tennis after work or during the weekends. You can still enjoy your hobbies even if you are not in the sports/health industry. However, if sports/health is an industry that you want to pursue your career in, you can do some research online to see what options are available. The important thing to know is that you are not just limited to your hobbies. Good luck!

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Marie’s Answer

Your strengths and interests are a good place to start when it comes to focusing on a career that you will like and be good at. Your strengths of being hard working and caring will likely help you to 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/

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