1.) Develop a foundational list of what matters most to you in your career. For me, I knew I wanted my career to have a lot of travel, be international affairs and security focused, and include solving complex problems. Who knew those criteria would lead me to sanctions!
2.) Once you have that general list, research all webinars and symposiums that review jobs or industries that have your list's criteria. Join as many events as you possibly can. Each one will give you good insight into that certain career path. I must have attended over 200 events in college, and this significantly helped me narrow what I wanted to do.
3.) As soon as you are able, start applying for internships. I learned more from my internships (and what I DIDN'T want to do for my career) than any class.
Overall, don't worry that you don't have your next 30 year plan yet. Most people, even ones in retirement, don't know what they want to do for their life! The biggest goals are to always ensure you're continuing to learn new things and crafting your passions. If you follow that, the best career for you will naturally come.
Just wanted to share a few questions that can help your analysis process to make a decision:
- what are you passionate about?
- What are your values?
- What do you enjoy more doing?
- What really makes you happy?
- What are you better at? numbers? communicating? computers? What are your talents?
- what are the opportunities close to where you live? Or are you open to move somewhere else?
Then you need to analyze where you can prepare yourself and study that career you would like to pursue. Hope this helps!
What would you be willing to do for free if money wasn't an object? Start there and find a way to make money doing it. This is where your true passion lies. It took years for me to discover this. It shouldn't have to take you a lifetime.
All of the other coaches gave you great advice.
Best of luck to you!