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How do you choose a career for yourself in the future?

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Denise’s Answer

Make a list -

1) things I am naturally good at (math, speaking to people, writing)
2) things I enjoy (art, nature, animals, helping people)
3) review your values (money, job security, helping others, recognition.

This may help you focus on careers
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Olivia’s Answer

What are the subjects you most enjoy in school? What are the jobs from acquaintances, friends, and family that peak your interest? These are good starting points. But the hidden secret of your question is that careers are often flexible and change throughout time. In fact, you may not even know your future career even exists! And that is more than okay. The pressure to have your career set in stone is a myth. So here are my recommended steps for getting started thinking about it:

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.
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Augusto’s Answer

Thanks for your question Kimmyari!

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!
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Simeon’s Answer

The starting point I usually recommend is going to the department of labor's website and seeing what the fastest growing fields are. That will give you a starting point if you're drawing a blank about what you'd like to do. I'd also recommend looking at YouTube videos where employees discuss their favorite and least favorite parts of their jobs. One of the downsides to a lot of career decision materials is that they don't usually tell you the downsides of different careers, so it might help you narrow down the options you're considering.
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Terrell’s Answer

This is a great question, Kimmyari!

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!
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