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I am in the 10th grade and I am just beginning to explore my future career, what are some carreers and helpful next steps I should consider based on my passion and intrests

I'm a sophomore in high school, I am most intrested in business and sports medicine, while my hobbies include wrestling and watching football but I am unsure about which career to choose. #careers #high-school #career-options


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Kaylon’s Answer

Hey Ethan,
There are a lot of avenues to discuss about this particular question and can also overwhelm you. I will provide my experience when I was in your shoes, 10th grade, in hope to help guide you on YOUR right path and also get you starting to think of everything that will be involved coming up on the timeline.

When I was in 10th grade I didn't think of school as a priority. I wanted to hang with friends, participate in every sport my high school offered, and allow education to come second. But that is not how it should be and I realized that too late in my timeline to recover with better grades and a better chance at a great university. I am so thrilled that you are thinking about your education so in advance. With our generation, it is factual that we must start becoming academically inclined early on for the enormous competition that meets us head on. Keep up the good work and just remember everything positive you do now just sets you up for a great future/career.

Now to answer your question about which career path you should take is something you ultimately have to decide. But Ill help provide some guidance because that is what I am here for. Below are some key things that you should think about when making your decision.

1. The key is who you know. You may hear this phrase or a derivative of this phrase but it is completely true. Make connections, build your network of friendships professionally and personally, and don't be scared to take advantage of opportunities. A few of the opportunities that have fallen in my path are from my network of teachers, friends, and family. Be open to sharing your background and story to build connections and most importantly be true to who you are because people and college admissions can spot the fake act.

2. Many professionals today do what makes them money, not happy. They do it to "live the life they want to live." But the wrongful thing about that is that the long term effects of not being happy outweigh the short term monetary freedom. So to that, I say find a passion, which for you is wrestling and watching football, and continue on your path to sports medicine or a business professional in the sports industry because you will wake up excited to do what you do.

Overall it is hard to determine what we want to be when we evolve. The future is unknown and decisions can change and that ok. That's what makes the future an exciting place. I wish you luck on your path and hopefully this helped just a little. And remember, time flies so act fast.

-Kaylon

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Simeon’s Answer

You could look into sports medicine or being a physical trainer. In general, I would go to the department of labor's website (https://www.dol.gov/) and see which fields are growing quickly these days. If you're drawing a blank on what you'd like to do, see if any of the fast growing fields call out to you. This will give you a lot more structure than trying to get a vague sense of your passions and trying to brainstorm a way to turn it into money. Most people don't have a passion that they are aware of right away. Also, passions tend to change from season to season. Lastly, look at videos on YouTube of people in their careers talking about what they love and hate. See if any of their descriptions sound like a good fit for you. It's just as important to figure out if you can deal with the downsides of a job as it is to figure out what you'd love about a job.

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Rosemarie’s Answer

Hello Ethan, it's great that you are thinking about your future career so early and want advice to figure things out in regard to the right choice. The truth of the matter is why choose if you have passion for them both. What you can do is research Sports Medicine to view the program requirements and see if it's something you want or can commit to completing. If you feel the program is achievable and calls to your passion than you should pursue it. You should explore colleges that offers both Sports Medicine and Business so you can Major in one discipline and Minor in the other. But just so you know, the key to this all is your determination and dedication to reaching whatever Career Path that will bring you joy. Before reaching any of these paths you need to maintain and achieve good grades as this will give you an advantage to apply for scholarships or grants to assist with the cost of your College Education. Again, in life we choose a path that we feel is what our true calling is and then life happens which causes things to change. Be happy in whatever career you choose as happiness is the key.

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Brenn M.’s Answer

Hi Ethan.

From searching what is required by the state of Georgia, I found the following helpful, and I hope you do too.

There is a link below to The Council of Medical Specialty Society that explains the different medical field choices that I feel maybe something for you to consider since you like business and sports. And, some of these can be operated as Sole-Proprietor, meaning that you create your own business. Have fun on your journey, and it helps to choose something you are passionate about, as that helps your motivation through school, training, and working with others in your chosen field.

See the following pages in the link to learn more about each and see the average salaries for those positions in Georgia.

Pg 93, Athletic Trainer
"Athletic trainers are allied healthcare professionals who provide medical services to patients of all
ages and ability levels, not just to athletes participating in sports. In collaboration with a physician,
their duties involve the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of emergency, acute, and chronic injuries
and medical conditions in a variety of settings. Athletic trainers are risk managers who understand
how environmental factors, physical conditioning, nutritional programming, and correct protective
equipment interact to prevent injury and illness. When injuries do occur, they determine the nature
and severity, develop and execute treatment and rehabilitation plans, and design patient education
strategies to improve functional outcomes and to reduce healthcare costs."

Pg 96, Exercise Physiologist
"Exercise physiologists work with clients ranging from healthy athletes to patients with chronic medical
conditions. Clinical exercise physiologists work with physicians to provide medically-supervised
exercise programs for people who suffer from medical concerns such as cancer, diabetes, obesity,
and cardiovascular, pulmonary, or neuromuscular diseases. Using exercise as medicine, they develop
programs designed to speed recovery and to improve cardiovascular function. Applied exercise
physiologists help healthy individuals or those with controlled disease reach fitness goals. After
evaluating medical histories and conducting fitness tests, they customize programs to help clients to
lose weight, to increase fitness, and to improve flexibility as well as muscular strength and endurance."

Pg 100, Physical Therapist
"Physical therapists (PTs) work with people of all ages and with various disabilities and/or wellness
goals. They help clients conquer the challenges of recovery–an athlete needing to gain strength and
flexibility, an accident victim learning to use an artificial limb, or a stroke patient needing rehabilitation
at home. They use a variety of interventions such as exercises, joint mobilization/manipulation, electrical
stimulation, massage, and other physical agents such as water immersion, ultrasound, heat, and cold.
These therapies help clients develop endurance and coordination, increase joint mobility and range of
motion, increase muscle strength, decrease pain, and prevent further injury. PTs also work with patients
to overcome emotional and physical barriers that hinder recovery."

Pg 101, Physical therapist assistant
"Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision
of a physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have health-related conditions that interfere
with their ability to function in their daily lives. PTAs perform many of the same functions as physical
therapists but do not evaluate clients or develop their plan of care. PTAs duties include carrying out the
plan of care designed by a physical therapist, educating patients in activities of daily living, teaching
therapeutic exercises, and providing treatments using special equipment. PTAs measure and document
their clients’ responses to treatment and communicate changes to the physical therapist."

Pg 102, Recreational Therapist
"Recreational therapists, also known as therapeutic recreation specialists, use recreation and leisure
activities to improve the health, quality of life, functional ability, and independence of individuals of
all ages with temporary or permanent disabilities or illnesses. They plan and implement treatment
programs utilizing a variety of techniques including adventure therapy, anger management, animal-assisted therapy, aquatic therapy, exercise or other physical activity, expressive arts, leisure education,
play therapy, relaxation strategies, social skill interventions, and therapeutic reminiscence. Recreational
therapists set goals and objectives developed from individual assessments that identify clients’ needs,
abilities, and interests to improve their physical, cognitive, emotional, or social health."

Feel free to reach out if you have more questions. All the best to you!
Coach Brenn

Brenn M. recommends the following next steps:

Health Careers in Georgia, GUIDE https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/3e5211_b0e9f2fb327e48549826a2da6c2a58c0.pdf
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Augusto’s Answer

Hello Ethan,

Thank you for sharing your interests!

I would recommend you start studying to specialize yoursel as a Physical Therapist or Personal Trainer Coach, and you become really good at it. Once you are well positioned on that field, you can then study Business Administration so you can start your own practice or run your own GYM ;)

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