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how do you know which path to go to pursue your career?

i have been wanting to work in the medical field as an anesthesiologist or an CRNA. i am not really sure what direction to start off at. i want some experience while im in high school so i would be familiar with it in college. i have been trying to get into healthcare and phlebotomy but i got to wait my junior year. #career-paths

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Alekxis’s Answer

Hi there!

I do not have any specific insight into both of those fields of study however I do have a helpful method of decision that may help you decide. Essentially what you will need to do is make a list of Criteria that are important to you and then assign of weighting of importance. You will then score each career possibility with a value between -1 and 1.

It is important that the criteria be independent of one another, or as nearly so as possible.
It is also best to rate the concepts before deciding on the weighting since that will create some subconscious bias

Here is an oversimplified example to get you started!

Career A Career B
Criteria Weighting Rating Score Rating Score
Additional schooling?0.4 -1 -0.4 0 0
Work life balance 0.3 0 0 1 0
Personal Interest 0.15 1 0.15 1 0.15
Earning Potential 0.15 1 0.15 0 0
Total ~ -0.1 0.15
Rank ~ 2 1

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Laura’s Answer

There’s a lot of career exploration sites out there to introduce you to various jobs in your field of interest. Here’s an example: https://roadtripnation.com/explore
Ask your teacher or parent for assistance setting up informational interviews with people already working in those jobs. At least you’ll be gathering useful information and they’ll probably give you good advice about the best way to pursue a career in that area.