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Whats a good way to start a career path

I understand/ grasp things pretty fast. #career #math

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Meggan’s Answer

I would suggest you start by researching the type of jobs and careers that might interest you most. You will want to get a sense of the skills and educational requirements for each. Then, take a look at the skills you currently have and the courses available to you at school. As a student, you can prepare for a future career by tailoring your courses to these areas and then work towards getting an internship with a company focused on your interests. You should network with people who work in your desired jobs to get a sense of how they approached their career. In these discussions, see whether they may offer internships or can recommend additional people that you can meet. Your first few jobs may be stepping stones towards your end goal, but you need to start somewhere! You may begin with an internship and learn that it really doesn't interest you. That is ok! You will have learned valuable lessons and this will help you further hone where you may want to focus. It's key to recognize that every path will be different, but view each experience as a learning opportunity and you will pave your way .

Best of luck!
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Jackie’s Answer

From your hashtags, I see you are interested in math - and I know from experience, that is broad and can leave you a bit lost. I was a math major in college and only knew I didn't care to be a teacher. But from there, where do you go? There are some great answers here about internships and doing research, so I thought I would just add what I did as well. I attended career fairs and asked around for what companies were looking for - this was helpful to see real open positions, at real local companies. It gave me ideas on what to research in the first place.

Math is broad enough and provides a great skillset that you will find numerous opportunities. Narrowing it down will be the challenge, which is why I suggest seeing what's available locally for those looking to hire, and particularly those seeking individuals with your skill sets. You could also work with your career development or counseling office as many employers reach out to them when hiring and see what companies are looking for math majors (or whatever else it is that interests you).

Some thoughts - finance, insurance, data analytics - there is a lot to think about. Good luck!
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Sumitra’s Answer

Hello Amaiah! As per your hashtags I understand you have keen interest in mathematics and as mentioned by you, you are a quick learner. That alone may not be adequate as it opens up a broad spectrum of career prospects and given the extensive application of machine learning, your interest in maths can be put to use in the same. However to cut to the chase, you may follow the points below:-
1. List the jobs that most interest you.
2. Understand what it takes to be suitable for the job.
3. Identify if you can gain and fulfill the responsibilities that come along with it. Do remember, you might not have the skills but you can always work on them if it interests you.
4. Check for avenues that provide such job opportunities. You may start from simple internship programs.
5. Apply for such opportunities and do not give up hope!

All the best!😊
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Ashley’s Answer

Hello! Based on your hashtag, it looks like you're interested in math. Since that topic is so broad, my advice would be to identify what industries or fields you'd find the most interesting in which to apply mathematics. Use your current interests to guide you. For example, do you appreciate cool looking buildings / structures? If so, maybe researching / learning more about how math is applied in architecture to become an architect. Do you love fashion? Perhaps you'd want to research jobs as a fashion buyer and shop for a living. Or if there's an organization or cause you feel passionate about, perhaps there's a corporate role on a Finance Team. Whatever path you choose in math, numbers, solutions, etc., I would recommend ensuring it ties back to an existing interest of yours. Best of luck!
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Lauren’s Answer

Hi Amaiah,
Great question! I recommend doing some research into careers and/or fields that match your skillset or subjects you might be interested in. Think about joining LinkedIn because it can provide you with networking opportunities to obtain advice from professionals in those careers you have researched. But those same professionals can also provide you with advice on what their day to day tasks look like on the job. Additionally, consider volunteering, internships, and/or job shadowing opportunities in different careers you might be interested in. Mainly because they could provide you with a better understanding regarding the path that might be right for you.
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