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Is it wrong that I don't know what career I want??

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Robert’s Answer

Hi Dulce,

Most young people in high school and beyond do not know what career they want to pursue. Actually many people start a career and decide it is not the right path for them so they change. My advice to you is to think about what you are passionate about and what are your strengths. Are you good at math or science, are you artistic, are you a people person, etc.. Then i would suggest trying to talk to people who may have careers aligned to your interests to gain some insight of what they actually do in their jobs and ask them what they like and also dont like about their careers.
If you are going to pursue college, and not sure what major you want, you can begin with undecided and see what interests you.
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ASLON’s Answer

This is completely normal. Most people are not truly certain that they know at an early age what career path they want to work in. You can speak to a counselor at school who can help you uncover the areas you are naturally passionate about. There are tests you can take that is supposed to help you narrow it down as well. You can try that to see if the outcome makes sense to you. The other thing you can do is to start learning about what people do, how they work, what does a typical day look like, are they happy and why, which will help you better understand what their jobs are like and what is motivating them. The other thing I would recommend is when you do go to college, (assuming you plan on going to college) is to take many different types of classes to help you better understand what areas you naturally find fun and interesting. The key is to find the career path or area that makes you happy. Its Ok if you get it wrong... most people like myself wind up changing majors or complete their school and move on to learning something new.
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Simeon’s Answer

Not knowing what career you want is pretty normal. There are very few people who have their career nailed down and the modern market is pretty volatile, so even the people who have certainty in their career choice might not find that the market still supports their decision. Make the best choice you can and always be teaching yourself new skills so that you are ready to adapt when the time comes.
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Doan’s Answer

This is not wrong. You can leverage your openness into an advantage to get a broader view of our world.

If you decide to college-- take general classes and see what subject areas resonate with you. In the end, if you are still unsure, you can focus on degrees that are useful across multiple paths: business, psychology, or any area that allows you to develop critical thinking skills.

If you decide not to go to college, reflect on what makes you happy and your passions. Then look at relevant activities to make you an expert in that area and grow into that space.
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Jessica’s Answer

There are other good answers here.

I simply want to offer the advice I would give my younger self, when I asked this same question.

The answer to “what is right?” is always going to be inside you. So solicit as much advice as you think you want, and then find the voice in your gut, and follow whatever delights YOU the most.

Also, learn the term Multipotentialite. :)

How would you advise the student find what's right for them? What are some steps they can take to make that discovery? Gurpreet Lally, CareerVillage.org Team

Hi Gurpreet. To know what is right for you is something learned from trying new things, listening to your instincts and dreams. I would start by asking questions like this. 1. What do you like to do? 2. What do you dream (even if secretly) about doing? 3. What would you like to try doing at least once? (You don't have any obligation beyond just trying it.) 4. Talk to people you find interesting and listen to their stories. Ask them questions about their lives and careers. In all things, pay attention to the little voice in your gut that says, yes! Jessica Taylor

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