What steps should I take to decide my future path?
All my friends have found their calling whether it's becoming a doctor or engineer. They have also found college majors that they want to pursue. I'm a bit different since I haven't found my calling or even a major. I have tried volunteering and researching career fields but nothing really interests me. My teachers say that I'm innovative and would be good in writing or music but I don't like writing or music, I just do it to get good grades. I have begun questioning if college or even having a job is for me. It feels more like something I HAVE to do in order to become successful and survive. #career-choice #college-major
I am sorry to feel like you sound depressed and at lost.
In order to find what you future may look like, first step back. Like Rebecca's say, you need to find topics you have interest in because a job does require some time from you.
I agree with you that testing friend is not a hobby, at all. But if testing is what you like, if writing to people is something you may appreciate, web sites often search for moderators, online customers support answer by e-mails or post.
If texting your friend is about socializing you may want to search in this area: teacher, child care, care in general, psychology ?
Are you missing a motivation? Are you afraid to make a choice? I feel like this is the main issue you are facing from this:
I do find tutoring younger children fun but I don't know if I want to get a degree for that. As much as I like it, I don't love it enough to go back to school to get a degree after high school.
So it seems to me you are simply not academical, you do not like studying. Well, you have two choices (for me) here:
- either you force yourself for couple more years to get some graduation in a field that you like.
- or you get a job right after high-school that would train you there. This option is usually harder because companies tend to like people with a minimum of background. But this is not impossible.
I think you can talk to different people about their jobs and see if you like to do it in future or not. Another thing that you can try is a career test which suggest which jobs match your personality type. Sometimes, you just need to choose even you are not sure about it and after a while you will know it was a right one or you need to make a change.
Everyone has a very different definition of being successful. Eventually, a career is something that you will have to do for a huge part of your life, and you should do something that you are interested in and enjoy doing it.
Try talking to different people and find out what you enjoy doing and what your passion is in life.
For example, are you a dog-loving person? If you are, try exploring options in animal care/animal behavioral science etc.
Keep exploring your options, you'll never know one day you might come across something that you've never thought about before just by talking to different people.
Cyndi recommends the following next steps:
You teacher said that you are innovative. You can consider to do some career that needs creativity. Have you thought about any design, technology, entertainment, etc.? Innovation is an very important element in these industries.
If you choose career that you have no interest, it's really a pain to do it for 8 hours a day.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
Not knowing what you want to do is completely okay! Some people grow up not knowing what they want to do, but my biggest advice would be to find what you enjoy doing and then try to find a job based on that.
If you like taking picture or videos, you could become a photographer.
If you like being outside or going for a hike, you could become a forest ranger or tour guide.
There is something out there for everyone and college may not be the right path for you, but there are many ways to be successful without going to college. For example, if electricity was to interest you, you could go to trade school and be extremely successful.
If none of this interests you, I would recommend try new things or research new things and see what makes you happy and try to go off of that! Ultimately, nothing you choose is going to be wrong.