How do you figure out what you want to be when you grow up?
Hi! I'm Ms. Lambert at the International Community School. My 4th graders have a few questions and I'd like to share your advice with them. Thanks in advance!
1) What do you love doing?
2) What are you good at?
3) What does the world need?
4) What can you get paid for?
Finding the intersection of all of these will help you figure out the most fulfilling career for you no matter how your interests may change over the years! For example, let's say you really love sports, but you're not good at teaching so being a coach isn't right for you. But maybe you are really good at being creative and using social media. You could totally go into marketing for a sports team or a sports news channel like ESPN. I'll also say that the older you get, the more you will discover that there are so many more jobs that you've never heard of. Keep your options open and explore the changing intersection of the 4 points above, because finding a career that you love is never a linear. You will try different things and discover new things you like and maybe things you don't like and that's completely okay! Like everyone said above, enjoy the journey :)
Nancy recommends the following next steps:
- What are my interests? (examples: sports, music, animals, helping people)
- What kind of lifestyle do I want to have? (for example, flight attendants are always traveling, and business owners work long hours)
- What work activities do I enjoy most? (examples: writing, talking to people in person, talking on the phone, typing, taking care of children, solving problems)
- How many years do I want to go to school? (for example, an automotive technician can graduate high school and start working; a teacher will need four or five years of college; a doctor will need 8-10 years of school and has to maintain good grades)
Try to learn about all different kinds of careers and what kind of work activities, training, and lifestyles go with them. This will help you plan, but remember, lots of adults have different jobs and even change careers later in life. For now, focus on doing well in school and developing skills like communication, leadership, and respect, because those will help you in any job you choose.
Milly recommends the following next steps:
J.T. Murray PMP, SA(SAFe), MPM, CMMI, CSSGB
A job/career may change over time, as your passions will change. I grow up wanting to be a pilot. While I’m not a professional pilot, I still love to fly. I love my current job, and I get to make a difference in people's lives.