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What’s the best way to identify what career you should do?

I’m independent and consider myself a bit of an overachiever or a successor as I have found ways to go around obstacles and complete task college career

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Krystyna’s Answer

Do you have an idea of some areas you may be interested in? If so, it never hurts to ask for help from people like academic counselors at school or even approaching people in that profession to see if they may be interested in letting you shadow, or just giving you advice in general! Some things to consider would be what time of education you'll need to get into that career, including any extracurricular or interning work that may be necessary, time commitment, work-life balance, ability to go down different paths in that career, etc. It's important you can enjoy going to your job and have a work-life balance that works for you!
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Canan’s Answer

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!
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Pramod’s Answer

Hi Timothy,

Glad that you are thinking ahead for what you want to choose as a career.

Being a student, it is a good time to think over things that you are good at, things that interest you and things that provide for a stable, well-paying job.

I would suggest you take a few days off, write down the above things down and see what paths they may take you down the years.

Sometimes, it is difficult to make a clear decision regarding a career choice but it would help if you can broadly choose what domains/areas that you would want to work on. So in this case, you would need to make a clear-cut decision about which field (say, engineering or medicine or law or any other field - as it is tough going back once you choose this) that you want to take up and then you can decide which branch you want to specialize in.

But, once you have made this decision based on your interests, aptitude and market-demand - do not compare with your friends/peers and strive your best to become the best you can be in your chosen field.

Hope this helps!
Good luck.
- Pramod
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Alec’s Answer

I believe the best path to a "successful career" is via your passion. Identify what what gets you excited to get out of bed in the morning. Then turn that into a career. That could be a typical work for a company, school, et al job. It could be working for yourself. What ever it is, that passion, energy and excitement is the cornerstone to success (however you measure it) and happiness.
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Sharon’s Answer

Great to hear that you are thinking of your future and taking the steps to figure it out. Here are some things to think about:
1. Do you have a talent or skill that just comes naturally to you? If so look to see what jobs can use that skill
2. What energizes you, what do you like to do?
3. What brings you down, or what don't you like doing? Keep in mind we all may do things in our jobs we don't like but look to areas that you know you could not do a specific task day in and day out
4. Volunteer for organizations. This may seem odd but you will get exposure to different tasks and businesses and it gives you an opportunity to figure out more about yourself. This may open doors that you have never considered or even new about.
5. Talk to people find out what they do for their jobs
6. Think out of the box your career may not even be out there yet so don't limit yourself to defined roles today as they change daily.
7. Look at LinkedIn for seminars or profiles to see if anything peeks your interest
8. Network, network, network keep getting your name out there and meet people

Good luck, nothing is holding you back

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Katie’s Answer

Work a career that you are passionate about. You'll be doing it for many years so make sure that you are interested in the work that you are doing. What you are good at doing is important as well. If you hate excel maybe you shouldn't be an accountant - think about what the everyday tasks of the jobs entail and make sure you like those tasks. Also, factor in your lifestyle - where you want to live, the lifestyle you want to live (how much you need to make to live that lifestyle), how much flexibility you need to have, etc.
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Michael’s Answer

At the end of the day, my advice to you would be to explore something you're passionate about. It can be very difficult to pick the "right" career; however, if you start with your strengths and passion, it will point you in the right direction. Being a student, it's a good time to explore different paths which fit your particular set of skills. Being that you describe yourself as independent and goal oriented, you might want to explore a position that permits you to use your entrepreneurial spirt to be successful.

I hope that helps!
Mike
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Amie’s Answer

The best advice I would give here is to think about what you really love to do - and if there is a way to make that into a career. Try a lot of things out - do internships to find out what you like to do and also what you do not like to do - which is equally important. Talk to your parents, guardians and other adults to ask them about their career paths and how they got there, and if they have any regrets. Good luck!
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