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I am in 10th grade and I have a few career ideas, but I am not sure how to narrow down my options.

At school my favorite subject is science and I enjoy doing more hands-on work because it is more interesting in my opinion. My hobbies include doing my skincare, walking my dogs, and baking. A topic that I am passionate about is anything to do with taking care of my hair and skin. What is some career options that align with these interest? What are some steps I can take to help in the future? #career #healthcare #career-paths #careers

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Ashley’s Answer

First let me commend you taking the steps and putting in the initiative to think about some career options. I wish I had the resources and drive you have when I was in 10th grade. So kudos to you!
What I would recommend is the medical field. By applying to an entry level position you begin your work experience and grow your resume. Once in a position it's very common to move up to another position if you exhibit good work ethic and determination to grow. The medical field is always in demand and something we need. Once you have gained some more hands on experience try applying to a dermatologist or plastic surgeons office that will allow you to be more in the realm of some skin care. You could work as an assistant or MA. ( Sometimes certain employers don't require a certification.)
Another option is going to school to be an esthetician. Although a lot work in spas, some do work in medical offices as well. You would need to have a license but at least some programs you can take day or evening, allowing you to work perhaps part time in a bakery, walking dogs, or retail doing something else you enjoy.
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Edie’s Answer

Hi Allison,

What a great time to be thinking about "what next?"

My uncle was once a Research and Developer for Helene Curtis. They make a number of hair and skin products under the brands of Suave and Gillette. He loved the combination of business, science, and math this role provided for him. His actual degree was in Chemistry.

I would say that if you end up taking the route of a traditional collegiate path for your next steps, keep in mind that you don't have to have your final destination in place before entering, just a general idea. Find a school that has a good science program, maybe one with some hair and skin businesses nearby so you can find opportunities there for employment while in school. Then allow your first year or two to explore some of the programs, classes, etc. to find where your passion really resides. A lot of those classes will give you that broad exposure to "try out" a few areas and get a better feel for what you like. Don't feel you have to have it nailed down exactly, right away.
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Kate’s Answer

Hi Allison! One perspective to consider is what you like specifically about taking care of your hair and skin. For example, I'm wondering if it's about the self-care ritual (maybe you'd like being a health and wellness coach), or understanding the best products to use (maybe you 'd be interested in the science that goes into creating products and combining ingredients), or creating something beautiful (maybe you'd like advertising/fashion). Do you like to totally engulf in research before you try something or is it more exciting to jump in and see what happens to create something new? Do you imagine yourself working for someone else or do you want to have your own business? These types of questions might help you to cast a wide net for opportunities, and identify people you want to interview to learn about how they got into their careers.
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Simeon’s Answer

For skincare, you could try taking up a career in cosmetics, nutrition, or a skin doctor depending on how technical of a job you want to consider. With cosmetics, you can try selling home products and doing some networking ahead of pursuing a degree. For nutrition and skin doctor, you'll want to investigate your degree options and if you want to go as far as being a doctor, or if you would prefer to be more of a nurse, lab tech, or nutrition grade school teacher.

Baking would be more connected to food services, so getting a certification to cook and getting experience cooking would be the best advice there.
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Christopher’s Answer

Hi Allison!
There are definitely careers in the healthcare industry that might align with your interest in doing hands-on work and your interests in skincare. Dermatology comes to mind and would be a great option! Other areas of interest combining science might be doing research and development for a skincare or healthcare company. A third career area to look into might be food science and nutrition, which look at the science behind how food affects the human body (including things like skin!)

In high school you should explore classes in the sciences that you like, especially biology and chemistry. You are very young and still have plenty of time to explore!




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Riley’s Answer

Speaking from my own experience of having to explore what career path was right for me... here is an exercise that really helped me learn more about what I wanted: Linkedin Sleuthing!

Choose your favorite brand. Is it Sephora? Is it Lancôme? Head over to Linkedin, search and click on that business' page, click on their "People" tab, in the small search bar under that tab search "marketing" or "accounting". You should see that company's employees start to filter! You can then click around and understand the ecosystem of their departments / job titles / career paths. You can even sleuth your way onto someone's profile with a job title you find interesting and see what experience they have that prepared them for the role! Very helpful, and a way to open the door to a possible informational interview.

Wishing you all the best on your career journey!

Riley recommends the following next steps:

Linkedin Sleuthing
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