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I'm in the 12th grade and I'm beginning to explore my future career.

I'm a high school student wanting to explore my future and career. job college future

I think you should start exploring some careers by taking career quizzes.That helps a lot and it helps you decide what you want to do.When you take those career quizzes you can then make a list of the jobs and start researching about each of them and see what you like.That is what I did and I think you should do it too. Noe A.
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Rachael’s Answer

Hi there. Watch Youtube videos and listen to podcasts on things that interest you. One thread often leads to another. Ask questions on social media. Go to your local library or book store and look at books on careers. Volunteer in an industry you want to know more about. When I thought I wanted to be a nurse I volunteered to work at my local hospital so I could learn more about nursing. Good luck!
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Norma’s Answer

It sounds like you might be open to different types of careers. Make a list of your interests. What do you enjoy doing? Are any of those interests connected to careers you might do in the future? Think also about what kind of career would be more satisfying. A career that lets you help others? One that makes you a lot of money? A 9-5 job or something more flexible? Once you've narrowed down the types of jobs you'd like, do some research into the skills and education that you need in order to get these jobs. Good luck!
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John’s Answer

Here's a good site to research many fields. Provides plenty of details for any career and should help you develop your list.

www.bls.gov/ooh
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Dominique’s Answer

First, it's okay to not know what you want to do for the rest of your life right now. Go into college understanding that your major and interests can change. During your first year or two, there will be required foundational courses and the content or people you meet in those courses can help influence what you want to study.

When you start to look at courses as a direct line to careers, think about what makes you curious. What excites you? Do you like complex problems? Maybe look into engineering. Are you an animal lover? Maybe something within veterinary sciences. Once you find something that sparks your interest, take a look at volunteer opportunities and internships.
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Karen’s Answer

I agree with the advice you've received from the others - follow your passions and curiosities. Many students enter college not knowing what career(s) interest them. I recommend looking for colleges or universities that allow you to take a variety of courses your freshman and sophomore years so you can explore a range of subjects to find what inspires you before having to select a major. I also encourage you to explore the career center resources at the college or university you attend. They offer a lot of resources and many coordinate career fairs on campus which offers a great opportunity to speak with employers and learn about the types of careers they offer.
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Sarah’s Answer

Hi!

My advice would be to think about what classes in school you really enjoy or feel like you do good at. You don't necessarily have to know what you want to do for the rest of your life right now. Start broad and then narrow it down. Think of a subject that you like, then research what area and majors involve that subject (or by eliminating area that would involve classes you wouldn't enjoy).

I loved math so I chose to apply for the business school. I didn't know exactly what major I wanted so I picked management as my major. I ended up switching my major to supply chain management and business analytics my sophomore after taking a few courses because I then had a better idea of what I loved. You can always switch majors in college. Always. Once you take some classes in your major, then you can start narrowing down your career path and figuring out what you want to do.

Start with a big picture and then narrow down as you gain more knowledge and experience.
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Samantha’s Answer

Hello,
I would make a lit of things that you really enjoy doing, things that you don't mind doing and things that you really do not like doing. This will help you find some careers that cater to your interests instead of dislikes. You could also talk to some teachers and parents about what they thing you would be good at or could see you doing as a career!
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Jennifer’s Answer

I know I'm reiterating what others have said here, but it's true! Try to focus in on the things that make you happy and see what potential careers can stem from them. Or, if you're unsure, that's also fine. I ended up at a liberal arts college, which forced me to take a wide range of classes I normally wouldn't have picked (they would have all been English classes!). That was very helpful because it helped me narrow down what I was and wasn't interested in pursuing. You could also consider getting an Associate's degree first, taking a range of classes that seem interesting to you until you find a field you like.

I'm a huge nerd, and I've always loved reading and playing video games. I debated combining the two by getting into video game storytelling/writing, but decided that publishing was the way to go for me. Turns out I love reading and editing more than writing! However, my friend from college owns a small company that sells video game merchandise online and at conventions around the country (and world), so I'm still able to travel a few weekends a year to help sell stuff I love (though of course that's on hold at the moment due to the pandemic).

Really take the time to think about what you want to spend your time learning about. You don't want to come out of college with debt and a degree you don't even want to use!
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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Hope! I think high school is definitely a time to discover your passion and interests. If you are unsure of what you'd like to do that's okay! It does take some time to make a decisive choice about your future. I would some self-reflection on what you like and where your interests lie. Did you take any classes that interested, maybe an anatomy class where you dissected a frog or an English class where you wrote stories? Did you maybe take part in clubs/activities that really showcased your efforts? My friend loves publishing and photography and was part of the year book club; I love science and was part of Science League at my school! In addition if you are undecided you can always enter college as an undecided major and take some general education courses, if you feel that you really need time and also want to save money you can do a community college journey as well for two years! There are many opportunities, take your time and really think about what makes you happy and what will also be a beneficial career for you.

Best of luck!
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