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Can you pursue multiple careers?

I'm interested in a variety of potential occupations, but I'm not sure which one to pursue. #career #career-path #career-choice #undecided

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Pro’s Answer

You could always major in Liberal Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, or General Studies-you don't have to pick just one area with those.
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Canan’s Answer

Hello Chandini, Given that life expectancy is longer, people can more likely have multiple careers but not generally at the same time due to time constraints, it can be challenging to achieve a high standard of quality on two career paths at the same time. You could however choose to explore multiple interests in the form of hobbies, as a side line.

Our advice would be to focus on what you are interested and have strengths in, it is helpful to be passionate about the area you will hold a long term career path in order to enable you to maintain focus and interest. You may start by writing a high level plan of steps you will take:
1. make a list of your interests e.g. reading
2. make a list of your strengths e.g. attention to detail
3. highlight those areas which you don't enjoy e.g. maths
4. understand your personality type e.g. you may use external publicly available tools such as Myers Briggs, Insights Discovery to understand your communication style and preferences
5. perform research on suitable career paths e.g. journalism, accountancy, law, floristry
6. obtain guidance from a careers advisor, sharing your notes so far to help inform their guidance
If things don't go according to plan, consider these experiences as learning and growth opportunities and start again.
Good luck!
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Alex’s Answer

Hi Chandini,
I would recommend you to focus on the one that you find more interesting and which might represent the biggest challenge to you. Mainly because you will want or need to dedicate more time to learn and practice it, maybe all of your day. Juggling other occupations could be tough, and in the end you will find it really hard to focus on your main career and your alternate ones, which will only make you feel frustrated with all of them.

But after a while, you may start to feel more confident at what you do and you'll find that you won't need all the time and effort to do the things which seemed very tough when you started. Then, you may start pursuing other career which may not require that much time and effort or which you could dedicate your spare time. Think of people who are engineers during the week and do photographs in their spare time. Or I can tell you about me: during the week I spent most of my time at work, but on the evenings or during my weekends, I can find some time to make some music.

I hope this helps you and I wish you the best and that you find a career where you feel in your element and ready to give your best to the world.

Alex
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Pro’s Answer

Try looking at Liberal Studies, Interdisciplinary, or General Studies majors. Especially with the General Studies, some of them will let you take pretty much any courses you want in all different departments.
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Michael’s Answer

Hi Chandini,

It is possible to pursue multiple careers, but I wouldn't recommend doing it first. It says you are a student, so find your career, something you enjoy and get experience and expertise. Becoming an expert in just one career path is a challenge. I changed jobs 4 times in my life and I'm in my 50s. Each time, I went back to school.

Another thing to consider are the jobs in technology. Some of these require multiple talents to be successful. It changes so rapidly. Good luck in your future endeavors.
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Krystyna’s Answer

Have you taken classes that relate to your interests? This would be a good way to see if there is one that you are leaning towards more. That being said, I think it is important to take a variety of classes and research different areas you may be interested in! Talking to an academic counselor could also be helpful, they may even be able to connect you with a mentor or someone in the different fields your interested in so you can hear about the paths they took and why they chose their fields. Also consider that some fields allow you to do multiple different types of jobs, so throughout your career you may be able to choose different paths in that same field. I found that people are usually willing to talk with you and give advice if you just go ahead and ask!
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