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How to get a better Idea of what careers I might want to puruse in the future?

I am in 10th grade, and I think it is a good time thinking about this, as I don't have any specific ideas of what I want to be when I grow up. I think exposing myself to different programs regarding different fields is a good beginning step.


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Brayden’s Answer


Choosing a career path can be a difficult decision as there are more job opportunities right now than ever before. I find that one of the best ways to help figure out what you want to do in life is to sit down and write down all the things that you find interesting or enjoy doing. Doing this will help eliminate simply choosing a career path based on whether it sounds fun or how much money you will make. From their doing a simple google search like 'jobs that involve X' should propagate some results where you can then read whether or not you have interest in that profession.
If you find that you are interested a particular company another good tool is to look at their job openings. There you will find a ton of info on the type of tasks you will do at a particular job at that company and the type of education thats required to be considered for the job. Its important to take into account whether or not you will need more education for a specific career path. Today it is very common that for most jobs you will need for type of higher level education. Whether that is simply a bachelors, masters or above will depend on the specific job you apply for.

Hopefully this helps!

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Thank you very much for taking your time to write such a detailed and helpful answer! Saphir M.

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Prudviraj’s Answer

Hello Saphir,

It's great to see you are taking career seriously and trying to have a plan. As they say "Well Planned/Begun is Half Done"

Now, it is obvious that things change fast , one technology/area which is currently Trending in market will no longer be visible when you are ready for a job, so it is always better to have backup career plans.

A Career is one which should bring you happiness and comfort in your life . And you have plethora of options so choose wisely.

If you are interested in Software , below are the trending areas

1. Data scientist
2. Cloud Architect (AWS/GCP/Azure)
3. Devops ( My current Working Area)
4. IoT Solution Architect/Developer
5. Cybersecurity Specialist

Trending Skills :

1. JavaScript and Node development
2. psql, MySQL, HTML
3. CSS and Bootstrap
4. Machine learning
5. Natural language processing
6. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) (Salesforce has a segment https://www.salesforce.com/company/careers/university-recruiting/)
I do work for Salesforce

And then you want start something on your own , look at the market need and see if you can build a non-existing solution , it could be an area
Work on open Source Projects , best way to get to know latest changes

I appreciate the great advice and specific examples! Saphir M.

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Ellie’s Answer

I have found that there are so many different careers and roles out there that don't always come up until you are exposed to them through an adjacent role. I'd suggest speaking with your career counselor and sharing your interests and they likely have some great resources to share with you. They may also be able to connect you with previous students who had the same interests and ended up doing different things.

One exploratory exercise you could do that might uncover some fields you didn't know about is looking up companies or jobs you're interested in, have heard of, use their products, or just think do something cool. Then, look at what types of jobs there are. They are usually separated by role type. This might be a good first step in understanding what the different areas of focus and roles specific to those there are, and from there you can start doing more research based on what sounds interesting to you.

Thank you! Saphir M.

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Lauren’s Answer

Hi Saphir,
Great question! Figuring out the career path you want to embark on can be difficult. I recommend doing some research into careers and/or fields that match your skillset or subjects you might be interested in. Think about joining LinkedIn because it can provide you with networking opportunities to obtain advice from professionals in careers you might have an interest in and what their day to day tasks look like on the job. Additionally, consider volunteering and/or job shadowing opportunities in different careers you might be interested in because they could provide you with a better understanding on if that path might be right for you.

Thank you for the advice! Saphir M.

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Carolina’s Answer

Hello! I'd also like to add one thing and suggest to look at different curriculums, especially for fields of study you think you'd be interested in. They may not be a clear indicator on how a job in that field right away but some may share similar coursework at first allowing you to navigate and explore into a field a bit longer before you need to make a more focused decision!

Thank you! Saphir M.

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Nia’s Answer

First, look at your hard skills (the things that you can touch or feel; Writing, Drawing, etc) and write them down.
Next, look at your soft skills (natural traits; leadership, empathy, etc) and write them down.
Then, look at jobs you think you like, and see if those skills would do well in that job.
Last, see if there are any learnable skills missing that you feel that you can learn and retain.

The jobs that match up with you hard, soft, and learnable skills the best, are the ones you should look into doing.

Thank you for giving me a new point of view! Saphir M.

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