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How do you find the right job for yourself?

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LeBron’s Answer

Hey Mekhi, by best advice is to find something that interests you and develop a career in that field. Finding your first job in a new industry may be a challenge, but any experience you can get can have a huge impact later on and help you build towards something great. Even if your entry level job may not be ideal, just a couple of years of experience in the industry can help you land your dream role faster than you know it. I recommend finding an industry that you would be interested in, gaining experience while learning as much as you can, and build towards something great!
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Annette’s Answer

It takes some experimentation and time to explore what is the right job. Jobs themselves change overtime, I would focus on skill and interest that you have and know that through time what is right for you now may not be right five or ten years from now. It is import to also finish your education and really pursue what interest you.
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eve’s Answer

Hi Mekhi! There really is no right answer here...many people switch many jobs and careers throughout their lifetime, so don't think you have to choose your perfect career or job right now. I would start with making a list of jobs that you may think you would be interested in and doing research online on what it would take to have that career, for example, do you need to study a certain subject in school or get additional skills accreditations, etc. Also do a self-assessment in terms of what you are good at now and what skills/areas you are interested and would like to develop in the future. It's also very helpful to talk to folks already in those professions to see what their day to day is like and what how they got to where they are (you will often find that people's career paths are not linear but instead a zig zag line).
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Amy’s Answer

Hi Mekhi,

You may also want to consider:

1. What are my strengths? Strengths Finder is a great resource for this.
2. What am I good at that I enjoy doing? Make a list and see if there are any commonalities.
3. What is my personality? Do I enjoy working with people or by myself? Am I a big picture person or dig into the details?

Some more great resources once you've answered these questions for yourself:
The Career Aptitude Test: 123test.com/career-test
The O*NET Interest Profiler: mynextmove.org/explore/ip

Good luck! Don't forget that it's quite normal to try several career paths over your lifetime!
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Janice’s Answer

Hi Mekhi! Finding the right job involves trial and error. Sometimes we get an idea in our heads about what we can envision ourselves doing, then we try it and guess what? Its not what we thought. Its hard to plan out your career in advance - it is a journey. Once you are in any job, figure out what you like about it and what you don't. Then, in your next job, look for things that are more focused on the things you like. I bet you'll end up doing something 10 years down the line that might look different than what you expected, but if you follow opportunities and keep growing and learning, you can really go in a thousand different directions!

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