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If it was a choice would you follow the career path that people/the internet says?

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John’s Answer

Daniela when choosing the right career path for you, the most important thing that you chose you need to remember is to stick to your interests. Don’t think about what’s in demand and what kinds of jobs pay the most. Doing so will only lead you to choosing the wrong path. Don’t decide on your career path just because you’re being pressured by your parents or what the internet say what your best suited for. If you have to, take time out to figure out what you really want to do. One of the most important phases of life is when it comes to deciding the career you would want for your future. This is a choice that will affect the rest of your life, and for this reason, a lot of thought has to go into it.

There are a lot of things you have to consider, and even with all the time in the world, you’ll not be able to go over them in detail, and even if you do consider all of them, there’s no guarantee that things would work out exactly as you want them to. Some people take up part-time jobs or internships in fields they think might be a good fit for them just so they can get a feel of what it’s like to be working there. Making a career out of what you love doing is not as easy as you may think. Expect to encounter a few bumps in the road while you’re treading down the path that you’ve chosen. Give it time and continue striving to achieve what you’ve envisioned for yourself. Besides, success is always sweeter when you know that you’ve worked really hard for it.
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Taeyoun’s Answer

I would consult it with people I know first (like your counselor/teacher/professor or people around you that are in the career field). I think online/people suggestion should be a suggestion. It maybe a good stating point, but your life will be different and things will change. So, make sure your are willing to change and adapt. As long as you are willing to adapt along the way, I don't think it will be a problem.
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Atul’s Answer

Seek opinion/advice/knowledge from everywhere but make your own informed decision.
Do not let anyone tell you what you shall do.
In the 21st century, you have ample information available (Internet) to acquire knowledge. You will be a lot happy with your decision vs. someone telling you what to do?
In the end - it is your life, and you want to enjoy what you do, and you will never regret those decisions that you have made.
Sometimes, you will fail, but you will learn from that experience and will apply in the next endeavor.
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rakesh’s Answer

I would check out some resources at your local library or bookstore and they can guide you to some books on careers. One book in particular that has helped me is 'What color is your parachute'. I would suggest reading that, thinking deeply on what it is you would like to do and ask family and friends their opinion on what they could see you doing.
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Justin’s Answer

Hi Daniela,

Personally, I would not follow any career path that someone else decided for me. The point of finding your career path is that the path fits you. You do not want to follow down a path that someone else picked out for you and then find yourself completely hating it somewhere down the line. It's a good idea to get suggestions from friends, family, guidance counselors, and teachers, but ultimately, only you really know what you like or hate. Once you have the suggestions, try them out if possible. Getting your feet wet would give you a small glimpse of what that career is like.

The best advice I can give you is to keep trying. Failure isn't a bad thing so long as you learn from it and get back on the horse. Don't ever let failure or the fear of failure keep you from trying new things and discovering your path.
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Carolyn’s Answer

My career path has not been linear, and I think ultimately that helped me a lot. It took several different jobs for me to find the common thread and decide to narrow into an area of business.

In college, I studied a lot about History, Anthropology, world studies, and economics, particularly outside of western countries. I also worked in medical billing and Real Estate. This led me to my first job in a call center where they needed people who had a global appreciation and were smart and could learn. From there I moved to education, then non-profit, then to Marketing where I ultimately stayed when I was almost 30. Though I worked continuously, I was able to move around a lot and apply skills I learned in each role to my next one.

So as you think about your life path, know that there are no direct lines and you will zig and zag a bit until you figure it out. You also may change a time or two in your career to something completely different. While you are still deciding, try to get as much exposure as possible to projects, industries, and areas that might interest you. Those that know you best will give you suggestions and direction, but ultimately, it is your life. Remember too, sometimes people give suggestions for their own reasons, like future security, fulfilling their dream, or based on their own interest. Just keep these in mind when receiving feedback.

Great advice that was given to me years ago... Everyone has to do something crummy in their job, something that others would find truly terrible, but you don't mind so much. If you want to find a career you will enjoy, then figure out the crummy thing that you don't hate doing, and you could do for a long time. Dentists don't mind sticking their hands in people's mouths; Accountants like repetition and working with numbers, Fishermen gut and clean fish; I spend a huge amount of my day in meetings. It sucks, but I can live with it (And I can't do any of the others, yuk!)