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How would you go about finding a career in science after college?

I am getting close to college, and I am not sure what degrees you even need in a certain field to find a career in the sciences. #career

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Hursh’s Answer

Hello Connor. The earlier responses here have some good pointers already. I would only reiterate that science is vast field, and the first step would be to identify what interests you the most and you feel most passionate about. Even what you dream/imagine yourself to be professionally as you grow up, like for example, do you want to pursue something related to space exploration and see yourself working at organizations like NASA or SpaceX, or does the idea of inventing a medicine/vaccine or being a pharmacist or medical practitioner excite you more, or are you interested in building new machines, new cars, etc. Sometimes, these can be a few different things, and that is fine. At least, that will narrow down your initial exploration.
Once you have a few of that initial set identified, I suggest doing as many of the following as possible -
1. Take as many of the related basic subjects as possible in your first couple of years of college. That would tell you whether or not you really enjoy those things
2. YouTube is filled with information and tutorials for different areas. Watch several for each of the fields you identified. Also watch interviews of people in those areas. Sometimes, the story of their own journey can give you good pointers. Ted Talks are a great resource as well. There are several on YouTube
3. Find advisors and mentors across your areas of interest. Talk it out with them.

These should help you determine what degrees to pursue and what subjects to take for the career you decide for yourself.
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Viviana’s Answer

Hi Connor. I had a similar question when I was entering college, I knew that I wanted to work in Science but I wasn't sure about what field to choose. What I believe help me the most was to look at what classes I enjoyed the most in high school, for example, I was good at physics and math but didn't really enjoy chemistry or biology as much; this helped me eliminate degrees that focus on these fields. If you are not sure what to focus on, you could take a couple of science classes and find out what is your passion. It's very important that the career you choose will be something you will enjoy and will give you purpose.
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Pamela’s Answer

There a lot jobs that require specific science degrees. I think I would start with doing a career assessment to find out what I might be interested in for pursuing a career. Do you want to be in a lab? Do you like nature? Are you interested in medicine? Do you like sports? What are your strengths? I would start there. Once you know who you are you will know where to go. When you get to college try to start off taking as many basic courses as possible while you figure it out. Also, spend some time shadowing and talking to career counselors. You have your whole life to work so if it takes a couple changes or detours you will be okay.
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