What are some steps one can take to chose a career path? I know people always say to do something what you like but through my years at high school I had to cut off everything that I once loved to focus on my studies and because of this I don't have a hobby nor a passion. The only thing I know how to do is study
Luckily, if you choose to go through college… you have some time to “soul search” and figure out what you like. It may seem like everyone else has got it figured out, but I promise you they don’t. If you are not sure what you like, maybe start with what you’re good at. Are there any particular subjects that you naturally pick up the material in or find the learning very interesting? I would start there and then look into different industries that fall within that area. Once in college, the best taste of the real world are summer internships. I can’t recommend internships enough. If you think you want to try out a certain industry – try very hard to research the best internships in that industry and beef up your resume to get those. Real world experience is invaluable for you and for employers. In an internship, you get to experience what that job would really look like post-college and decide if it’s for you. And employers would rather see an internship on your resume than just someone who did 4 years of college with no experience anywhere else.
Also, if you still don’t have a clue where to start. Sometimes personality tests can be interesting indicators of what type of role you would like to work in long term. Don’t take the career recommendations given by these assessments totally to heart though, they may try to put you in a bucket that doesn’t fit for you and the lifestyle you want to live.
Best of luck! The world is full of opportunities. You will go far as long as you take the time to reflect and decide what is best for you!
It can definitely be frustrating when you realize school and academics has taken up much of your time. I recommend giving yourself a break, like on a weekend, to destress and give yourself the time to explore different areas of interests/hobbies. Maybe there was a hobby that always intrigued you, but you pushed it off because you wanted to focus on school. Maybe you used to do things as a kid but stopped because of school as well. At the same time, if you can't think of anything off the top of your head, try something random or go out of your comfort zone! You can also try this in school through extracurriculars. There might be a club out there that you haven't thought of trying, but once you try it, you might find yourself really liking it. You can also just let yourself relax and watch an entertaining show/movie or two and you never know, you might find yourself inspired by what you watch. It can definitely be hard to pick a career, but with that said, keep in mind that you are still in high school and that college will give you even more opportunities to search for what you might be interested in :) Good luck!
I encourage you to spend the next week paying attention to which of your classes you enjoy and WHY. Then, come back to this site and ask a new question ... "I enjoy my class in X ... what job would I enjoy?"
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On another note, a lot of people suggest doing something you love. They're right. Make it happen. You can. I spent thirty years in a career that just happened. I don't love it and am changing my life at fifty three to do something else. Don't settle. Do what you want to do. Do what you love. There are no real excuses not to. Sometimes we are our own biggest obstacle.
This is a great question to ask yourself and realistically speaking, finding your true passions may be more of a journey throughout your lifetime. Check out the below link to the ‘Purpose Venn Diagram.’ This can help guide your thinking and helps you to look at full picture holistically. http://www.humanbusiness.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Purpose-Venn-Diagram.png
As a hiring manager, I rarely look at people's majors when hiring. Instead I focus on how well people have taken advantage of opportunities presented to them and on how well they present themselves during the interview.
Finally, take some time to have some fun. It's okay if your path is not a perfectly straight line!
• Grab a journal
• Ask yourself 'what do i do well?'
• Ask yourself 'what else can pique my interest or challenge me?'
• Ask yourself 'who else is doing what I enjoy?'
• Skim through various magazines from different industries such as Forbes, Science, New York Magazine, Black Enterprise, Time, Entrepreneur, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan, Ebony, Reader's Digest, etc
Seeing what industries are out there and what other people are doing may spark something to drive a new interest or reopen something within that may have previously been closed.
Inspiration can be found in many places and sometimes this discovery will bring you transferrable skills (research, troubleshooting, networking, public speaking, active listening, teamwork, independent work) that will ultimately lead to a career that will provide for you and your loved ones.
Thank you for asking the question!