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I am in the 11th 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 passion and interests?

At school, I am most interested in Computer Science, Math and Chemistry , While my hobbies include riding Dirt bikes and playing Football. A topic that I am passionate about is Marine biology and Computer Programing. What are some career options that best align with these interests and what are some helpful next step I can do in the near future?
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Alfred’s Answer

Hey Lucius! That's awesome you're interested in a bunch of different subjects and careers. I have most experience with fields related to Computer Programming and I can say Computer Science/Programming or Software Engineering in general is quite broad, but you can try a lot of free resources during your spare time to get a taste of what learning how to code and coding in general is like. There are many specializations ranging from web development, mobile apps, databases, games, VR/AR, data science, AI, Machine Learning, etc. I recommend first starting off small with trying out some free tutorials on like https://www.freecodecamp.org/ or https://www.codecademy.com/. You can learn the basics of a couple programming languages and say build a sample website showing some charts of marine biology or football team records to combine some of your interests and to make it a fun learning experience. The possibilities are endless, and it's great to do something more hands-on to see if this is something you can see yourself doing in a little side project or if you decide to apply and volunteer at a place.

Alfred recommends the following next steps:

Try out free coding tutorials and resources at FreeCodeCamp, CodeCademy, or similar platforms
Build something small with what you learn to see if you can see yourself doing this more in the future; Ask other software engineers what the career is like to see if it fits you
Repeat similar process for other careers i.e. Marine Biology in reading free resources online about what the career is like
Do something hands-on with Marine Biology whether it's volunteering at an aquarium or applying to some place related to Marine and ask other who are Marine Biologists what it's like
Continue to have fun and learn along the way. Either way you're growing and moving steps closer to the career and passions you really want to do by trying things out and diving in :)

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Lea’s Answer

Lucius,
Consider becoming a teacher. There is a huge demand for science, math, and computer science teachers. Combine that with coaching football and you’ll make some school district very happy. If you’re still riding dirt bikes after college, you’ll get mad props from your students.

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Rayshan’s Answer

You could pursue careers like: Geology (with focus on marine biology/research), software engineering (which is aligned with your interest in computer science) or data science (where you will learn how to organize and study data). Lots of industry, including marine science might need people who can analyze and study data so that they can intrepret the vast amount of data they collect from various marine sites. See if you are more interested in the biology side of things or the programming side of things. Then try to pursue that career and see how you can apply in your chosen field (computer science/marine biology). Hope this helps.

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Savita’s Answer

A great combination Marine Biology and Computer Programming. You could look into careers in environmental science, marine biology research.

Savita recommends the following next steps:

Think about whether you like marine biology more or computer science more.

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Savita’s Answer

A great combination Marine Biology and Computer Programming. You could look into careers in environmental science, marine biology research.

Savita recommends the following next steps:

Think about whether you like marine biology more or computer science more.

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