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Arshia’s Answer

Hi Ruan,

Career choices and interests are fluid, meaning that it can change over time, so the most important thing is to be open-minded and allow yourself to follow your interests and passion, while also being realistic about your chosen field. It's important to speak with your academic and career advisors in college and develop rapport with them, so they can help you with your educational and career journey.

You will want to do a lot of research online into your chosen fields and look into the pathways that allow you to get there. Look up professional associations, job descriptions, and sometimes you will have to work your way backwards- meaning look at the job posting and see what it requires and then go to school to work on that goal. Taking career and personality assessments such as MBTI and the Strong Inventory are very useful. I have included some links below, so please be sure to check them out.

My last piece of advice is to never stop reflecting inwards and always learn more about yourself. This way you will choose a career that truly make you happy.

Thank you,
AM

Arshia recommends the following next steps:

Take the following test: https://www.truity.com/test/type-finder-personality-test-new (similar to MBTI)
Start exploring careers: https://www.onetonline.org/
O-Net Interest Profiler: https://www.mynextmove.org/explore/ip
Hi Arshia, I absolutely agree. These are great actionable recommendations for young adults! Haena Choi
Thank you, Haena! Arshia Malek, M.Ed.
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Henry’s Answer

Coming from another young person (I am 22 and a rising Senior at Harvard College), I can completely appreciate this question. It can be difficult to know which career paths are the best for you personally -- even if it's just for a short period after undergrad. My best advice here is to get involved in on-campus pre-professional clubs to get a sense of the main industries that students go into after college. Maybe that will spark interest in a particular field. At the least, it should give you a better sense of what's out there, and that's the first step in knowing what career is right for you.
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Haena’s Answer

Hi Ruan, I want to reiterate Arshia's point of being fluid.

Being in your early career means you are still figuring out who you are and want to be. It is easy to criticize yourself for not knowing exactly where you want to take your career, but I advise that you should be kind to yourself and remember that this is your journey. Try taking your interests a little further as you go (i.e. if you like finance, audit free Coursera courses; if you like reading, ask your local library if there are book clubs; if you like golfing, ask a friend to try a new golf course with you). Expanding upon what you already enjoy doing will open a lot of doors.

For example, I love helping others, but I did not like conducting research studies. I was good at networking and Excel. I changed my major from Psychology (which can be research or counseling driven) to Business Management in Human Resources (which combines data analysis and psychology concepts). I took elective courses in what I liked and joined clubs. I let people know what I was interested in so that they helped me connect to someone who was also interested in the same jobs.

It is great to be true to yourself.
Your goals will change as you will as a person.
Exploring your new interests and goals will help you feel more confident in your decisions!

Good luck!

Haena recommends the following next steps:

Pick 2 school subjects/topics and 2 hobbies that you truly enjoy and Google combinations of what you enjoy. Let yourself open up to jobs you didn't know existed
Create achievable goals, such as "I want to watch more YouTube videos on this concept this weekend"
Network. Let people know what you're interested in and ask if they recommend you talk to someone they know. This includes your parents, teachers, and other trusted people.
Join a club or community more specific to what you enjoy! People love to share what they enjoy doing.
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Michael’s Answer

"Know Thyself".... List the things that interest you, things that you have a talent and or knowledge for. Sit down and ask a third person that you trust what they see as your strengths and talents. Then go over your lists with them to see what their input is.
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Emma’s Answer

Hi! I am 21 years old and entering my senior year at the University of Richmond and I am still trying to figure out what I want to do in life, career-wise. Interests and passions can change over time so my first piece of advice is to not stress out if you aren't 100% sure what you want to do! College is the perfect opportunity to explore careers and seek out professional experience and advice. It may be helpful to write down what you are interested in and start searching online or in your local school/community for clubs and jobs related to those interests. Also, reach out to people around you and ask them about their work and how they like their job!
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Marilia’s Answer

Hi Ruan,
In my opinion to identify the career field the first question should be what do you like the most in life? What do you enjoy to study? What are your strong skills? You need to look at yourself and list your answers to those questions. After having that you can start to match your preferences with the possible career fields. Example: Do you like math, logic and analytics data? If yes you could read more about engineering/ data science careers.
I hope this help you!
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Ruan,

Career choices are a very personal choice. I would say that you should begin with what already interests you. What do you like to do as a hobby or in your free time? What are subjects or skills that people tell you have a talent for? The answers to these questions give you a place to begin. Next, you need to think about what careers may use these skills. Some skills may have a wide variety of careers. For example, if you are good in written communication, you can do everything from journalism to teaching to marketing. You have to think about how you want to use your natural talents. Sometimes your ultimate goal might mean a few stops along the way. You may write newsletters for a volunteer organization before getting a marketing job before becoming a published author.

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