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Is it fine to choose a career path you don't know if you like it or not?

I am a junior at Galileo High school. I am just wondering what I should do after high school. career college career-choice

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Michael’s Answer

Hi Erkhes, for the longest time I thought I needed to have a free flowing career that was never the same and be around people even after I got my degree. My current position is office work consistently the same and from home and I love it haha. Try every door and window that opens for you and if it isn't for you, you can simply change to another one. You probably won't know what you want to do until you are doing it and double that for if you go to college. Take a lot of time to try different things in community college before you choose a degree and go to university where things get a lot more expensive.

You may even change your career 15 years in which happens all the time like Michael said above but don't be afraid of it as every opportunity is another experience for you to better yourself and career over time!
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Chia’s Answer

Absolutely yes! Many people have started their careers in one industry (healthcare, technology, insurance, etc.) and job function (sales, finance, marketing, IT, etc.) and have made complete changes a few years in or a few decades in. It's all about finding yourself--your likes and dislikes. What you value, appreciate, and stand for. The journey of life is about learning. One option to consider is to attend a community college after high school rather than investing in a four-year university or college. Take a few courses and get a feel of whether they peak your interest or not. The cost of tuition will be lower and you'll have time to find yourself and your potential career. If it's one thing I've learned, give yourself grace. We may not always start off on the right path, but we'll always find our way to the right one for us. Best of luck!
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Dawn’s Answer

Of course! You may choose a field and find a job that you love or you may choose a field and find out that it is not for you. You may even stumble into a job/field that you have never thought of and love it! That is what happened for me. Don't be afraid to ask questions, try new things, and change your mind if you need to.
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Stacy’s Answer

Absolutely! I had a different job every year for about 7 years before I settled into a place that feels like home. No matter where you start you will gain knowledge and skills that you can use in another, different role. So you might like the industry you land in, but need a different job, you will have gained industry knowledge that will be useful in another role. Or if it's the industry you don't like, you will have gained role specific skills that you can take to another industry. Over time its like a game of Uno, maybe you started with a red 4, played a blue 4 and then a blue 8, eventually you can get to any color/number combination. Likewise in your career path you end up on this winding road that can take you literally anywhere.
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Dinesh’s Answer

Absolutely! I work in the tech industry and see people from such vast and diverse backgrounds. You may find a role that you never know you liked! And when you start off your career, it is great to experiment, see what suits you the best and pave the rest of your career in that direction.
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Ashley’s Answer

Honestly it’s a pain to change your major but it’s not impossible. I would suggest going in as undeclared, taking some classes and feeling out what subject you really vibe with. That will help you a lot in the long run. It’s also okay to go to community college and save some money, then transfer to a university. That’s what I did and I have no regrets. Good luck!
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Kevin’s Answer

I wasn't entirely sure of what I wanted to do after high school, so I took a year off and worked. In that year I did a lot of reflection on what I wanted for my life and what I would have to do in order to achieve that. The goals I established for myself involved advancing my education, so I knew that I had to go back to school. After that year, I had a greater appreciation for why college was necessary for me, how I could benefit from attending and how to remain committed because I had goals in mind.
I think a lot of people get stuck in a fast-track pattern of going immediately from one thing to the next. If that is part of your goal, fantastic, but if you're doing it just because it's what you're "supposed to do" or because others told you to do it that way; there's a danger in that. If you don't understand why you're doing what you're doing you could find yourself quite far along and realize it's not what you want for your life.
After college, I began working as an event planner and did so for 2 years before deciding to return to school for my Masters, because once again, I gained experience and perspective and realized It was necessary for my next set of goals.
There are lots of pressures on you to go out there and conquer the world, but knowing what you want is what will motivate you to get the most out of your experience.
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