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What do you want to be when you grow up??

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Lalitha’s Answer

I think this is a tough question. Most people do not have clarity on the direction that they should take in their career, especially while in high school. If you are passionate about something, and you are very good at it, and you are energized by it, and it has a good career potential, then nurture that passion and make it a career when you are an adult.

if there are no clear passions, then be open minded and try many things. Volunteer, learn and be as open minded as possible. Keep a journal with 3 tabs - what do you like doing, what do you not like doing, what energizes you. For example, I loved being team leader and bringing people together for events etc. I did not like spending too much time on excel spreadsheets. I liked the coordinating work behind the scenes. I found out that I was a good presenter, but I was quite comfortable to stay behind the scenes and work out the details. This process of getting to know myself enabled me to decide what I will be when I grow up.

I did a Masters in Information Systems. I joined a company as a programmer...found out pretty quickly that I did not like coding and debugging, but actually enjoyed the business analysis part. So I switched to become a business analyst. From there, I became a project manager, program manager and team leader in strategy, planning and business operations.

Take the time to explore different opportunities, talk to a lot of people about what they do for a living and what they like about it. Read a lot about different careers and see what energizes you.

Remember that life is a journey. You own this journey and can change course at any time. The journey does not have to be linear.

Good luck!
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Karen’s Answer

Good you are thinking about your future! Often we don't know what career to choose until we've looked at our strengths and interests. Great if you can find a part-time job, internship or volunteer opportunity to explore various organizations and positions. By simply talking to people who are in various careers, you may find something that has a lot of appeal. Then follow your dream!

With every good wish.
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Ishita’s Answer

When I was in high school, and up until early college I was very adamant that I will be a doctor. Here we are 4 years after graduating college, and I'm a business analyst at a large tech company! As you "grow up" it's totally for your mind to change, especially in college! You'll find things you love doing and are good at, and honestly hone in on it. If you love it and are good at it, use that a reason to pursue it- you'll be more willing to push harder and grow further.
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Thao’s Answer

As said by other replies that not many actually know what they like to become when they grow up or if they do, they might end up different things. I did not know exactly the industry or occupation I want to work when I was at final year in Uni. My major was Marketing and I went to apply for anything listed “Business” on job ad. I event went for Accounting job interview. Then I got called up for Internship in Marketing department at my College and it started from there. I have been staying in Education sector for 9 years+ now. I had not known I had so much passion for Education since started. It is just something you do and you feel good, being motivated, being energized and having desire to make a better work once you start exploring it. Then I say, it is good if you know something you are interested in otherwise it is fine. Just try every opportunity that comes and put your heart into everything you do, what makes your heart calling again, that could be your Career for life.
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