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i am in the 12th grade and i am just beginning to explore my future career, what are some careers and helpful next steps i should consider based on my passions and interests

At school, i am most interested in engineering, chemistry, and biology, while my hobbies include mechanics, gaming, and sports. A topic i am passionate about is electronics. What are some career options that best align with these interests and what are some helpful next steps i can do in the near future?
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Jorge’s Answer

Wow, you have so many great hobbies. We are lucky to be living in an age where electronics education and hardware are readily available and accessible.

VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) are new fields that intersects gaming, mechanical engineering, optics and electronics.

Also, modern medicine is so advanced nowadays that they have gone beyond just chemistry, and many involves mechanical and electrical components.

Since you have so many passions, I suggest you enroll in a general science program in your freshman year and continue your exploration. Take a wide variety of classes and talk to other students and professors to understand the type of research they are working on.

Meanwhile, continue to tinker in your spare time. Join a robotics club in your school if there's one. Some of the best products are born from people's garages!

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Todd’s Answer

Given your passion for programming and gaming, developing video games may be a good fit. I would look into that more and decide whether it's a good fit. It generally requires needing strong mathematic skills, but that likely won't shy you away given you already enjoy programming.

As a security professional, I know having a programming skill set for information/cybersecurity is beneficial. You may want to research that career option further. It will have growth for many years to come in an industry that often doesn't have enough candidates able to fill opportunities. In the event this interests you, below is more information about a program from SANS that is an industry leader.
https://www.sans.org/CyberStartUS
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Faez’s Answer

I am very impressed at your list of interests and hobbies. As mentioned by other commenters, robotics, game design and programming would align well with the topics you demonstrate an interest in.

Biomedical engineering also seems like a good path to follow that combines some of your interests and hobbies. Read up more about this field and what the programs are like that are offered by universities.
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Ed’s Answer

e-gaming might grow to a major field and will need strong connectivity to networks as well upcoming technologies like AR and even excellent photography / cinematography skills!
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Dr. Eric’s Answer


You have some great interest, and with those interest you could have a broad range of careers. I would link my interests with my hobbies, when you look at career options you want to think about what is it that you would enjoying waking up every day to do. Since you do enjoy engineering, gaming at sports, maybe you can investigate the programming realm for game development. That will give you the ability of coming up with games that you enjoy. I’m sure while you are playing games you say to yourself; I would have this game do something different. Well being a developer you can have the ability to create those games, and I believe that will match your interest with your hobbies.
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Alexandria’s Answer

I have similar interests and hobbies (anime, video games, technology, science, etc). Due to my love of technology, I am currently working for the company Verizon Wireless and I love it. With the addition of our 5G network there's so many interesting options to explore, such as working in network development, gaming, streaming and even the health industry. I have a Stem degree in biomedical science and my first job was working for GameStop back in High school.

I suggest a combination of Job shadowing, researching the projected growth and career opportunities in a career before investing time into a degree, researching the institution that you want to attend, and getting a head start on your resume. You can never start to early building a strong resume and prepping for interview strategies.

Cyber security is an awesome option that may fit your interests. Also technical support, network engineering, and even Game/software development. Biomedical engineering and programming may also work for you. I wish you the best of luck.
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Monty’s Answer

Adriel...you will no doubt be successful in your career pursuits given that your areas of interest are among the most marketable and desired fields for the next decade and beyond. Very few people actually find a lifetime of work that they really are very passionate about. It would seem that you should make that your primary objective given that whatever endeavor you decide will vault you into both a satisfying career path as well as a well paying one. Best of Luck.
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Fernando’s Answer

With hobbies like those I'd say video game design would be a good option. The field itself is very open with regards to the types of games you'd want to work with. Whether it be: console games, mobile, pc, you have a lot of good options to choose from. The important thing when deciding where to go and what to study is to find a way to mix your hobbies with what you're talented at. Once you pin down what you want the next step is to research what colleges offer courses in your area of interest. Don't rush the choice, take your time thinking about what you want to do and where you want to study.
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