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When did you know that you truly wanted the career that you currently have?

Hi, I'm a high school student and I'm trying to think about some potential jobs and career that I want to have when I am older. I was wondering when you found out that you wanted to do the job that you have now. This includes certain experiences & more.
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Rudy’s Answer

Hi Ivana

When I was in high school I was obsessed with computers, electronics, software, robotics and anything high tech.
I just wanted to know everything about these topics, spent as much time as I could programming, taking things apart, building PCs and also hanged out with people of similar mindset.
In my junior year, I asked a similar question to a mentor I had and her answer was simple: what are you passionate about?
And then I knew I wanted to be an Engineer, either computer or electrical or software.
So I explored these a little more and ended up going for Computer engineering and never looked back.

So, my recommendation to you is the same. What are you passionate about?
Hope this helps
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Rudy. This helps a ton! Ivana
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Frank’s Answer

I didn't know that I wanted my current career until I was actually doing it for a couple of years. In high school, I was interest in computers, so I majored in computer science in college. In college, however, I decided that computer science was not for me and I switched to international business. After college, I found an entry level job in internal auditing. I didn't even really know what auditing was, but I needed a job! Over the years, others that I started with transferred to other departments, but I stayed because I found that I liked it. With that background, here are my takeaways:
1) Not everyone will decide on an ideal career in high school or college.
2) Sometimes you need to try different classes, majors, internships, and jobs to really know what you do and do not like.
3) There could be multiple "ideal" careers for someone. The important thing is that you find the work interesting, you are motivated to do well, and you are able to continue learning and growing.
Thank you comment icon Thank you Frank, I really appreciate your response. Ivana
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Thomas’s Answer

Look at your career as a journey, not a destination. I have changed career paths a few times. When I was in high school my goal was to have a job in an office. My high school job had me on my feet all day and I didn't like that. I studied accounting in college and had an internship. I decided the first week of my internship that I didn't want to be an accountant! By the end of the internship, I thought it was the best job in the world. I worked for seven years in public accounting and then moved over to the investment business. I am on my fourth career (job) within the same company in the investment business. Be curious. Don't be afraid to learn more things and try new things. Don't wait for a magic epiphany, just make sure you excel wherever you are and always be open to new challenges. You probably already know this, but you will be much better at your job if you love what you do. You will be much happier too. When I made my first career shift, I didn't chase the highest salary. If you like what you are doing, you will be happy. Get a job that you're excited to wake up for in the morning.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much. I will keep this in mind. Ivana
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