How did you decide your career path/ was there any specific moment where you realized what you´re passionate about and wanted to pursue?
Im a junior in high school and I don´t really have a set idea on what career path I want to take. I am passionate about different things but I dont know exactly what I would like to pursue, and I´m wondering how I can get to the place to make that decision. #career-paths #career-path #college-majors
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When I work with people on developing a career path, I focus on 3 areas:
1) What do you like to do?
2) What don't you like to do?
3) What're you good at?
The first 2 ("like/don't like") are a focus more on your personality - do you love large problems or specific issues? Do you like to be highly organized and structured, or are you comfortable with less/no structure that you need to build? Do you like to build new things or generate new ideas, or do you like to make existing things work better? In your case, you may have a pretty solid list of the things you DON'T like to do. What're the things you DO like to do? Is it working with people or working alone?
The 3rd is more around what you're good at in the workplace, your professional skillset if you want to think of it this way. Perhaps it's photography related, or some other things. Take some time to think through this. The skills you have can be applied to many areas.
Blending these things help develop a career path that you can build on. You can tie in your passions as they grow and and develop, you can course correct as needed. It's an evolving process, but thinking about what drives you and motivates you will always help in determining what you want to do.
Kendall Paige’s Answer
I'm probably one of the lucky ones... I knew from a very young age "what I wanted to be when I grew up" and I never strayed from that. I'm now approaching 19 years in the career which I'm passionate for, I'm blessed!
However I, like you, am also passionate about different things. I love to learn! If I could be paid to be a lifelong student, that would probably be another dream job for me. If anyone knows if that job is a reality, please reach out to me - I'm interested! ;) In that regard, I would encourage you to embrace your different passions. Continue to learn & grow because your education - whether it be formal or informal - is something that can never be taken away from you.
I echo what Simeon shared in that speaking with individuals first hand about their career experiences is often the most beneficial way to learn about different paths moving forward. Network, network, network! Volunteer, seek out internships and mentorships, any opportunities that may be presented to you. Be open to trying different things, especially early on in your educational and professional career. You may end up trying things - whether it be classes or jobs - that aren't your dream or passion, but you may also end up discovering something you end up falling in love with. ALL of them are valuable experiences to have! I can honestly say I've learned as much, if not more, from some of my more challenging educational or work experiences than I did the ones that felt natural and went smoothly for me. Any time you're willing to take a chance and try something new, you're pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. That is often where the greatest growth, personally and professionally, comes from.
Best of luck to you, your future awaits! :)
You have been given some excellent advice by mentors already. One additional thought for you to consider is to gain an understanding of your natural strengths and build your educational and career goals with those in mind. There are several assessments that will help you with this discovery process. My favorite is Strength Finder. It focuses purely on strengths and gives insight into what comes naturally to you. But, find the assessment that suits you best.
Best wishes to you.
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