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.
Arshia recommends the following next steps:
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!
Haena recommends the following next steps:
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!
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.