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How do you know what career to choose?

I want to be a math teacher! #teacher

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Paul’s Answer

Hi Marissa
To echo the responses, may I add along with shadowing a professional to see what a job entails, think about volunteering in the area/sector for a profession you are interested in. If you would like to be a teacher, inquire at some local schools if there are opportunities for you to help in the classroom assisting a teacher. You will get practical hands-on experience and it may help you crystalize if this is a career choice for you
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Ray’s Answer

Hi Marissa. I am a Junior in college and I just realized what I wanted to do. For some people, it's obvious. For some people like us, it takes time. I would recommend you reach out to people and conduct some informational interviews to see what their jobs are like. Also, join some clubs or participate in activities in the fields that you might be interested in to see whether you truly like it or not.
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Dakayla’s Answer

Hello Marissa. When choosing the career path I wanted to take. I reflected on what I was interested in. I enjoy going to the dentist, so my first major was dental hygiene. I enjoy working with children, so my major now is Elementary Education. I enjoy helping others, so before attending college I have also considered choosing other healthcare majors such as nursing and physical therapy.
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Jessica’s Answer

Marissa, it sounds like you already have an idea of your interests, which is great! When deciding your career path, as others mentioned, it is important to understand your interests and what excites you. You will be spending a significant portion of your time at work, so it is important to ensure to that the work you're doing excites you.

There are many items to consider: do you prefer a predictable schedule or variable? Do you like working directly with people? What type of environment do you prefer (i.e. office setting, classroom, etc)? Starting to think about these specific items will provide more insight into which career path is best suited for you. Also, I highly recommend shadowing any professionals for a day, in any position you are interested in. This will give you direct experience of their general daily schedule.
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