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What type of steps should I consider doing to find the perfect career job for me.

I am a 10th grader and I am 16 years old and I just want to find or do something to help me find or do a perfect career job for me my interests are sports a doctor or either a dentists or go to the army. #career-choice #careers #jobs

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Kelly’s Answer

There are a lot of things to consider in finding the right career. Recognize that your perspective is heavily shaped by your experiences and that changes over time. In addition to understanding your interests, you might consider your career goals such as: compensation, flexibility, location, helping others, and time demands among others.

In areas where you have known interests, seek out opportunities to learn/work/volunteer in those fields with local businesses. This practical experience will help inform you on the realities of specific career choices.

As a broad theme, make learning a habit. Get comfortable in new situations. As you are likely considering college options, you might pick something that aligns with your goals and has flexibility should your interests change.

At your age, I was similarly exploring career options. I chose to study engineering as I believed it had the flexibility to add to many career options as I learned more about myself and my interests. I have never regretted that decision as it taught me how to think.

After college internships and volunteering, I gained more perspective and used that to specialize more in jobs I pursued as well as determining the value of graduate school.

Flexible choices that are beneficial even as your interests change ensure that you keep building skills that will be valuable in the market.

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Andrew’s Answer

It is okay to take some risk at this point in your life when you have less to worry about. Sometimes, experience can be defined as trying different choices and learning what you do not like, then choosing from what is left.

Maybe intern at a sports clinic and observe. Might even work for a dental practice as well. Joining the military is a terrific choice to honor our country, give your life more structure and the financial opportunity for continued education.

Try to find something you really like and then follow your instincts.

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Savita’s Answer

There are two steps I would recommend. First take an aptitude and interest test. There are free versions of the tests online. This will help you narrow down your choices. An interest that matches your aptitude is always the better choice.