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What career should I pursue based on my interests?

I’m not sure exactly what specific career I want to pursue but I have a deep interest in science, medicine and technology, but I’m also interested in marketing and statistics-based careers. What would be the best possible option for me?
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Marilyn’s Answer

It's great that you have many interests, and all can lead to careers. Narrowing it down will help- have you had internships or jobs in any of these fields? Have you taken classes in all of these? I suggest taking at least one class in each if you haven't already to learn more and see if you can imagine yourself spending years studying, and then working, in the field. You may find that you're most passionate in one area, after investing more time and energy learning about what a career would entail. You may also want to get connected with alumni from your high school or college who have pursued careers in these fields and ask them what their academic path and career path looked like, along with their current role. Learning about the realities of someone's path may help build that excitement, or help you realize it may be something you're interested in but perhaps not as a career. Good luck!
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Matt’s Answer

I might share my experience. My MBA degree is Marketing, and now worked at Dell technologies as a technical program manager. If you love Marketing, you can be success in any area or company. Marketing mindset and knowledge can be well used on your career. You will be able to find out people's need and convince people by a good story. In future world, you will need diverse talent .
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Sukhminder’s Answer

Hi Isaiah,

Every sphere you listed needs the expert, that vacancy is always open, it has been open since times. Hence, an Einstein, Musk, Dell or a skilled neuron surgeon, whenever they enter their field, always become very successful, no matter how many are already working in that field.

I see, you are having interest in very different fields, I suggest you first narrow down to a field and then further make deeper choice in that field. Listen to your heart but decide with brain.

Thanks,
SUKHI.
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Brandon’s Answer

I think its great that you are interested in so many subjects because it makes a much easier when you know what intrigues you. You can also pick and choose out of those fields you go into and still have a silver lining in each of them. However, I would suggest you take a class for each one of these fields to narrow down what you are truly interested in and what you are not. You may think you like a field but then you take a course and you realize that it doesn't intrigue you as much as you thought. When it comes to science and medicine, those fields require much more time , money and schooling to get a degree in. Unless you are certain that is what you want to do, I suggest you take an intro class to see if this is truly what you want to do as a career.
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Daisy’s Answer

Hi Isaiah, it's great to have multiple interests. You will find out later on that all of your interests would fit in nicely in your career. For example, you could work at a tech / science company with a marketing role, which requires you to not only have passion and understanding of the technology and science, but also have knowledge and skills to navigate statistics to get marketing insights.
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James’s Answer

Hi Isaiah,

I agree with above, you are wide open. I was a Finance / Marketing major in college. I kind of fell into that business major. I liked Business, but as I kept taking more classes , Finance rose to the top. I added Marketing instead of taking the filler classes that you can take in college. I am glad I did.

With that said, your interest are all in desirable majors/careers. Medicine can be combined with technology and robotics. Marketing and statistics can be combined . Data Analytics is a very hot major along with supply chain. All using a combination of your interests.

Medicine requires many years of study, depending on your focus: Doctor, nursing, research.....

I would recommend talking to friends and family who may be in some of these careers. Look into internships, both paid/unpaid. I started in banking as a financial analysts and then did a spell in college recruiting, which led me to a sales training program. I now sell financial services (Payment processing) to banks and credit unions.

I have enjoyed all the jobs I have had and continue to learn. I think it is being open to new things and not being afraid to try.

My advice is to be a sponge and learn as much about things you like and don't like as you can. Be open to listening to friends and teachers.

Listen to these folks more than you talk.

If you don't like the sight of blood, then being a doctor/nurse maybe out. Do you like working with people or are you more a behind the scenes and like to work on your own.

Figuring this out may also point you in the right direction.

Good luck.



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Kelly’s Answer

There are a LOT of companies right now in the health technology space - some are startups, some are mature companies. If you have the background, skills, knowledge and abilities (or are planning to develop those things through formal education), my suggestion would be to look at health tech - analyst positions are a great way to get your foot in the door, learn an industry and possibly make some lateral moves to see which type of position/functional area you like best. Good luck!
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Sudhansu’s Answer

Hi Isaiah,

Many people wander about this in different stage in their career.

Based on my experience and learning, here is my take - there is a thin line between "interest" and "passion". Most of the time someone's interest gives short term benefits and interest can change time to time. However if someone is passionate about something, that keeps them moving a long way and choosing career accordingly will always give long term benefits. Pursuing a career aligned with passion never drains anyone's energy, which helps to be successful and happy.

So I would advise to take time to realize what you are really passionate about and accordingly pick up career option.

Good luck!
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