The world of work is changing at a more rapid pace than at any time in history, with roles becoming obsolete and new roles emerging all the time. What’s more, the concept of loyalty to one company (and company loyalty to an individual) is becoming a notion of the past. Therefore, the old notion of identifying yourself in one area of interest and pursuing only this, now feels outdated. As individuals, we are always changing and the world around us is changing too, try different things and take advantage of the many possibilities that are out there. The world needs people who are flexible and adaptable, who pursue different passions and interests and who are uniquely able to combine all of their skills and experience to solve problems and find new solutions. Adaptability is important because as new technology evolves, companies established in the “old ways” may have difficulty competing with major players in their industry. Employers are looking for employees who can demonstrate strong adaptability skills and become company leaders. These skills are in demand and will help you get hired.
Janet those who can adapt to change are the next career leaders of the future.
Speaking from my own experience of having to explore what career path was right for me... here is an exercise that really helped me learn more about what I wanted: Linkedin Sleuthing!
Choose your favorite brand. Is it Starbucks? Is it Spotify? Is it PlayStation? Head over to Linkedin, search and click on that business' page, click on their "People" tab, in the small search bar under that tab search "marketing" or "accounting". You should see that company's employees start to filter! You can then click around and understand the ecosystem of their departments / job titles / career paths. You can even sleuth your way onto someone's profile with a job title you find interesting and see what experience they have that prepared them for the role! Very helpful, and a way to open the door to a possible informational interview.
Wishing you all the best on your career journey!
Riley recommends the following next steps:
At the end of the day, go with your gut. If you don't like it after a couple of years don't hesitate to make a change. It happens and it's better to refresh with a new career than be stuck with something that causes you stress or anxiety over the years. Be happy!
Throughout your working life, you may change your interest or you discover you have strength in other areas. Then, you may change your career. It is very common. But, it does not mean you make a wrong choice at the beginning. Sometimes, the experience / skills you gain from the prior career, it can help you move to the next one.
So, you ask yourself what you really would like to do and be honest.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
Personally, I am going to say you do not know until you are walking the path. There are paths that you know won't be good for you, some you need to explore before realizing this is not the proper career path to you.
Many others gave you some hint about what are those obviously not good for you. The others, I think you cannot know until you experienced them for couple years. My personal experienced, I started as a software engineer. I grew to become team leader and my management also gave me the team manager hat. Well, at first I did not like it but keep doing it. After a year, I really decided manager was not for me. I did tried again 4 years later in another company in another country. Just in case the experience was different. I kept the position for 4 years and then really decided this was not the right path for me. I went back to being a developer and I am very happy this way.
I know others that started a career and realized this wasn't the career they wanted. One of my friend moved from computer architect to managing senior housing facility. And I believe he is very happy with the choice. He did enjoy his first job, just he didn't think he wanted to make it his career.
So to start your career find something you have interest in, that you are ready to do 8 hours a day, 5 days a week (at least). Once you are there for a year or two (depending how you like the situation) ask yourself how the next year or two should look like.
This is really a try and change, until you find what you are looking for. I wish you find it the first try but if not, there will be plenty opportunities to find better.