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How to make a decision about your career and when to make it are both excellent questions and you have already begun to discover answers to them by questioning friends, family and teachers about their own choice of career. By questioning others you can collect an amazing amount of information about an incredible number of careers. Everyone enjoys talking about their career. Talk to your dentist, your doctor, your grocer, the postperson, store clerks, uncles and aunts, musicians, dancers, elementary school teachers. The list is endless. Do not be timid or afraid. This, of course, is fun and it's the easy part.
You then have to question yourself and this is the hard part. "What do I like to do? What interests me? How do I like to spend my time? What courses in school do I like and which ones do I avoid? What books do I enjoy reading? What sort of music do I listen to?" Make a list. If it's short that might be a good thing, you have narrowed the field a bit. If it is endless and wanders all over the place, that is also interesting, you have many choices. Do not become bewildered by the multitude of choices. Career is rarely singular anymore. Many of us have had multiple careers, so don't be afraid to change horses in the middle of the stream. The new horse might be better the old one or it might be worse, but you can be sure that it will be different, and the ride into the unknown is usually worth the risk.
College is a great place to test many different career paths. I passed through many "majors" before graduating with a degree in theater arts: Elementary Education, Sociology, History, Music, English, back to Music and then finally, Theater Arts. Each major was a different experience, and "all experience is an arch wherethrough/ Gleams that untraveled world...", and even experiences that are painful are valuable. In all your exploration you may find that a career will chose you. The Theater found me when I was 18 years old and it took me the next six to seven years to discover how to turn an abiding interest and fascination with this most curious of the arts into a career.
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