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what are some careers and helpful next steps I should consider based on my passion interests? Also will we have to sign up for collage online or in person?


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Glenn’s Answer

If you are interested in becoming a lawyer, your next steps are to get admitted to the best college you can afford and to get good grades there. Your choice of a major in college is not nearly so important as your grades. You should also work to hone your communication skills. Lawyers prosper or fail on their ability to read for comprehension, and to write and speak concisely with clarity.

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Carole’s Answer

I would like to give you some information on how to make a decision on which career area you want to learn more about. Both Lawyer and Business careers are a little different, but both are great careers. When I was looking for a career for myself I took an Assessment such as SDS!" Self Directed Search" and a personality assessment. These assessments will give you insight of the many careers and with your skills and interest, and personality you will be able to figure out what career is best for you. You might even found out that both Business and Lawyer sometime can go together for you depending on your skills interest and personality. If you think about it business and lawyer can become one within your specific suggestions on these two careers. The Lawyer can also be a business man along with the skill of a lawyer. I have a family member who got a degree as a lawyer, which takes awhile to get, and he studied some business courses also. He has opened his own business several years ago and is using both careers . He works with legal contracts for many businesses, small and large, and works on other documents as well. I think the best way to go about this would be first to take the assessments so that you will have an idea of what you really want and if there another career that will stand out for you to think about. Once you get that information you will be able to start really looking into asking yourself, do I want to go to Law school and combine it with business classes or something else. These Assessments are ground breaking for finding what is the best career for you. A few more ideas are 1. find a lawyer/business owner that will
let you shadow him or her for a few days and then you can get a picture of what that person really does during the day!
After you find what your career you would like to pursue, you then can look up the colleges that you would have the major that you were looking for and then you can ask about the on-line classes or in person! It might change from what it is now!

Carole recommends the following next steps:

Assessments can be done at colleges or with Career Counselors
It is good to shadow someone who is doing what you would like to do!
You also might want to volunteer in an office if you find a good situation that fits with what you want!
Look for an Internship in your area of interest
There is a book titled "Do What You Are", by Tieger & Barron (A popular Career Book, but the Assessments are also valuable

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Jenn’s Answer

Hi Manuel!

Figuring out your career is a forever thing! I am almost finished with my college career and still figuring out what I want to do when I grow up and graduate. My favorite way to learn about careers and figure out what I want to do when I grow up is by talking to different people! This has come from reaching out to teachers, family, friends, and asking lots of questions. What's important in these conversations is both getting to know the person and letting the person get to know you. If you don't know where to start in these conversations, I recommend asking questions like these after learning a little bit about their background and letting them get to know you:
- What experiences brought you to this career?
- What's the best and worst part of your job/career?
- What's something that you least expected in your job/career?
- My interests are (insert your interests here). Knowing me, what do you recommend I looking into? Is there anyone else you would recommend I talk to?
- What's your advice for someone in my position? What can I be doing right now to learn more about my future career/job opportunities?

Aside from just talking to people, know that you don't have to have it figured out going into college! I have spent my college career in multiple different internships learning about different types of industries and what a career in each industry can look like. Internships are awesome snapshots at what a career can look like and getting a feel for company culture.

As for college, I can't promise much about in-person versus online. I have spent two years going to in-person college and now almost one year doing virtual college. Although it's different, it's not impossible and there are a lot of benefits of both! Through the uncertainty, I can guarantee you that the opportunity to learn still exists. I've learned in so many different ways this semester and wouldn't trade this experience!!

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