There are millions of jobs, in various industries. Thus, don't rush and do your best to find what's the most suitable for you.
First of all, bear in mind that in your life, throughout your career, you must give yourself time to take stock. This is really important to take decisions.
1°/ Step back and to think about what you like and what you don't like. The best way to do so, is to explore yourself : try new hobbies, such as sports, creative activities, reading, meeting people, etc. Do it randomly and thus you will discover different universes. For example, try to read different types of books : go to the library and choose different topics. You will definitely love some, some will inspire you, and you will probably hate some others. To keep track, you can journal, it will be really helpful.
2°/ Be curious and ask people around you what is their job, in which company they work and what a day at work looks like. This will give you an idea about different jobs in various industries. Every-time you meet someone, do not hesitate to ask. You can also ask what they have studied before, if they went to uni or not, and how they've found their way.
3°/ Make a decision and go for it: if you journal, then take a look at your notes and make a clear picture of what you like and what you don't. Accordingly, match your skills with the opportunities. You might not have all the skills for it, but life is made of continuous improvements.
Be open to try new things is the best advice I can give you.
So I started out with trying a few things on 'for size.' I liked cooking and enrolled in a community college Food Service course (with some money from my high school job and financial aid). It was a great course, but I realized I didn't want to become a chef. I had some interest in business and took typing and bookkeeping also at a local community college (good basic skills to have!) and in the meantime still determined to ensure I had income found jobs at retail stores and then finally a job I really enjoyed in customer service for a bank. It was then I started to focus in a profession of true interest in business management and with help from tuition assistance started college. I was 4 years out of high school at this point.
Every story is different and many do not include college. The message is really to explore ideas and to not give up!
I hope this helps, I wish you the best!
Jasanpreet Kaur Bhatia
Jasanpreet Kaur’s Answer
Just remember a few things:
1. Take it easy.
2. Go with the flow.
3. Don't compare with your friends or anyone (Specially, the one who are determine about what they want in their life.)
Most importantly, don't be in a hurry to choose something which you might regret later on. As every opportunity has a learning and experience.
Try different things. Learn more about your self and what you like and don't like. Life is a journey you can always change the path. Lots of adults change their careers later in life.
Subscribe to websites, articles, forums, groups, etc that you are interested in. You'll learn a lot about different topics and fields with out having to work in that industry.
Bernadette recommends the following next steps:
1. Take it easy - no decision is irreversible
2. Write down fields/things you both ENJOY and are GOOD at (painting? building things? fixing things?)
3. For each, make sure you understand if and what majors/degrees or courses would be needed (a quick Google search normally helps here); browse on universities or teaching centers websites. Reading degrees summary and descriptions helped me a lot when I was choosing my university degree.
4. Look for people doing jobs that you think you would like and reach out to them (friends of friends, family's acquaintances, neighbours, etc): they can really help in making you understand what the day-to day looks like!
All the best
In my experience, it's completely ok to not know next steps following high school graduation. In fact, many students feel pressured to attend college right away, even if they are feeling unsure or undecided on what to study. Talk to guidance counselors, mentors and role models, and make an informed decision about what is right for you. Ideally, try to find a vocation or path of study that you are passionate about, and that leads to the opportunity for steady employment in a field that interests you. Additionally, although not for everyone, the military, both active and reserve (to include National Guard) provides a wide array of skills and training, along with funding for college both while serving and after. I am proud to be a veteran, and never regretted my service, or my choice of careers and college study. I found what I wanted to do, and took the steps necessary to get there, with a lot of help and guidance along the way. Best of luck in the future!
Here's the thing: As best as we understand it, career choices are determined by our skills and our interests. Those things change over time, though. What you love today you may hate in five or ten years. As a result of that, the occupation you enjoy today will not necessarily be the occupation you enjoy in your future.
Most adults hold several completely different occupations in their lives - you probably will too... and that is completely okay.
You are exactly where you are supposed to be. You are exactly who you are supposed to be.
Focus on things that make you happy, take some time to learn about yourself. Ask questions, there are new types of jobs being created all the time. If you do find something you're interested in, try to job shadow to see what it's like.
It is perfectly fine to not know what you want to do after high school. In fact, it's very common. College is a great place to figure out what you want to do. In your first years, you can take a lot of general course that will expose you to a lot of different fields and career paths. You can also take advantage of your college's career counseling; someone can help you weigh your options, consider your interests, prepare you for interviews, etc.
If you don't think that college is the right next step, there are a lot of resources you can take advantage of in high school as well. High school counselors can give you resources to choose what the right next step is for you.
The important thing in trying to figure out your career is to find things that fit with your interests. Not everyone gets into their dream career right away but if you can stay true to your interests and your passions, then you'll have a better experience as you navigate your career.
I hope this helps and I wish you well in your career journey!