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How did you Figure out what you wanted to do

I really have no idea what i wanna do with your life or even go to school I #career-path #school #life #career have absolutely no idea what to do or even better what in your life showed you what you what you wanted to do as a career.


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Khurram’s Answer

Nick,

This is always a difficult question to answer, as it is different for everyone. I would start off by analyzing your strengths and weaknesses, along with technical and behavioral skills. I would also make a list of industries, college majors, and companies you find interesting or could find yourself working at. Remember that you can switch your major even though you choose when applying, do not feel that you are locked to your decision as you will probably be introduced to new subjects in college.

As for my case I was the youngest in the family so I was always brought along to the family store on the weekends. At our store is where I was exposed to business and that is when my interest grew. This led me to major in finance at UT Austin, and start my career in Banking.

Best of luck!

Khurram

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Nick! It's normal to feel this way because there's a lot of choices out there and one can definitely get confused! It really matters about what you're passionate about and what makes you get out of bed in the day to pursue the goals and dreams you have. I use to struggle a lot as a student with my grades, for some reason some subjects just wouldn't really click and I had changed my career choice many times when I was young; I wanted to be a teacher, a psychologist, a police officer, a chef, etc. Then in high school my grandmother developed dementia and I took care of her in addition I had a wonderful biology teacher who combined science with the real world; he spoke about antibodies and cancer when teaching us about bone marrow and how red blood cells are made. This was also the same time that my siblings were considering medicine, especially my sister, since it was her dream since she was 8 years old. So I decided to pursue the path of being a physician; it definitely has been a mix of hard work, setbacks, and success combined. I learned to be a better student, grew and matured overall and overcame things I thought I could never. Long story short it really is about what is important for you, maybe the people you are around that could influence you like family and teachers, maybe a story you have, or an obstacle you overcame. Also, there's a lot of different ways to get education such as trade schools as well, sometimes some careers can be completed through trade schools; education overall is important but it is not only college for every career choice. Granted that some careers do require a Bachelor's but I also have friends who are doing well too with going on other paths in their choice of education. It takes time to really be certain of what you want to do, sometimes when you are even 100% certain you can still be afraid, but give yourself time and reflect on your experiences. I'm sure there has to be things that stood out for you and matter to you.

I hope this helps and best of luck!

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Leahanne’s Answer

Nick, more people are in the same position as you than would admit it. I know I was and I lived most of my life in that state. I now coach and counsel people on how to figure it out. My first bit of advice, is don't listen to anyone else's advice or directives as to what you should do with your life. That will not lead you to happiness. The second piece of advice is let go of any ideas you have about what leads to a successful life. You can be happy and successful at anything and miserable and unsuccessful at anything. So, don't give into any pressures from society, family or ego telling you to be one thing or another.

Happiness comes from doing what you're good at with what you care about. So, your job now is to figure out what you're good at and what you care about. The "what you care about" may change over time, so just figure out what you care about now. And what you care about is not for you - but rather who do you want to help?
Then figure out what you're good at. These are your skills and talents. What gives you energy? What could you do for 8 hours and not get mentally depleted?
Working on solving that equation will lead you on a productive and happy journey.
Best of luck.

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Monica’s Answer

Nick, this is not uncommon and many students (and myself once upon a time) have been in that place. I think a false narrative that exists out there is that we must know what we want and know what we are good at early, and our careers must be building blocks of success in a linear path. The truth is, as you venture forward you will have lots more experiences that help inform you not just what you're excited and passionate about but also where you have natural skills. Additionally, for me school wasn't just about getting critical thinking skills, having experiences and access to people and material that will help guide you in finding that answer. In fact I didn't end up pursuing the field I studied in, but it gave me the foundational skills I have been able to grow throughout my career.

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Javier’s Answer

The best thing to do is to reflect on what drives you more, what motivates you, what activity when you are doing it makes you feel interested, comfortable, realized, passionate. Is it math, music, technology, looking at the stars, drawing,? what motivates you might be the first clue. But don limit your self to that, explore other alternatives, talk with people in different areas of expertise. Understand what drives them on their jobs, how they feel about themselves. Also contact different schools, learn the new carriers available since the new reality we are living is creating a lot of new opportunities and challenges to be addressed in the future. Be open minded to new things, and see how they relate with what makes you feel interested.
Be patient while doing your research, you will be able to detect that one thing that calls your attention, keep looking forward.


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Lillian’s Answer

Hi! I figured out what I wanted to do by really being curious about different career paths and setting up many informational meetings or calls. I networked a lot and it really enabled me to narrow down some fields. Don't be discouraged if you end up doing an internship that you ended up not liking because regardless, you will still learn great skills and you've figured out what you don't want to do. Take the time to figure out your interests vs. going into a job you don't enjoy. It really took me years to figure out the most suitable career path for me, but the journey is worth it because you will really learn what your strengths are.

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