I always wanted to do something related to business because that was what I was always interested in. I was interested in learning more about how businesses work, how they operate, and how they make money. Throughout college, I was indecisive between accounting or finance, but went with finance because that was what interested me most. Take the time to figure out what interests you most and if it fits you well. You might to have to try different things or have different jobs until you finally realize the right career path you want to take. Just always be open to new opportunities and with time, you'll be able to make the right career choice.
I was in the chemical biological curriculum in high school and I thought I wanted to be a chemical engineer. It was a good thing I applied too late to get into that college at my university. I was placed in the liberal arts college (and chose communications as my major in my second or third year), which was the right decision for me. I liked to write, was good in English, and enjoyed creative projects. But I didn't really know what I wanted to do or how to turn my interests into a career.
I thought I wanted to be in broadcast journalism but after a few classes, I was so turned off by that as a career that I didn't want to have anything to do with broadcast or print journalism. So I set my sights on doing something creative like being a copywriter at an ad agency. However, after I graduated, I couldn't get an ad agency job in my area. A tip from someone at an ad agency helped me land a job in sales at a local weekly newspaper (I know . . . ironic). I wasn't that good at sales but my education helped me move to the editorial department as a writer. During my seven years at that paper, I earned four lifestyle section awards as a contributing writer and editor.
I've worked at several places since then: in communications at a large nonprofit, as a copy editor for a small online start-up, and as a communications contractor for a health care plan. I've been at that health care plan for 11 years (10 as a full-time employee) and was promoted several times before becoming a communications manager. I lead 10 people who collectively produce, review, or edit over 1,300 documents a year.
I didn't always know exactly what I wanted to do when in high school or even college but I was able to tap into what I liked to do and what I was good at doing. Knowing my interests helped me stay in my field of communications even if I was uncertain of the types of jobs out there. Do some research in areas that interest you. Try to interview people in different jobs you might find interesting. Talk to people in your circle of friends or their parents. You never know whose tip or suggestion or referral will set you on your path to doing something you love.
To put that in a slightly more serious way: when I was younger, I bounced back-and-forth between arts and sciences a lot... because school and college curriculums didn't really have a concept of product design back then. Everything was either arts or sciences, because that's how the school was structured. Design has a foot in each camp.
Working out what I want to do has been a constant process of refinement and re-assessment.
I was around 15 when I decided I didn't want to be restricted to just the sciences or the arts.
I was around 16 when I decided I wanted to focus on some form of design, but that I didn't want to lose my technical skills.
I was around 18 when I found a design degree which covered the technical and creative sides evenly.
I was around 21 when I graduated, _absolutely certain_ that I didn't want to be an industrial or product designer, so I did postgrad work in AI with web design and stage lightning as side projects for a few years.
I was around 25 when I became a professional web designer/developer.
I was around 30 when I realised that the day-to-day legwork of web design bored me, so I became a Front-End Developer - which is _almost_ the same thing, but for software as well as websites.
I was around 33 when I realised that the problems which frustrated and interested me most weren't to do with the technical side of the work... but the human-centred design side... so I started gradually focussing on those more and less on writing code.
I was around 35 when I became a user experience designer.
I was in my 40s when I gradually refined that to be what's called an Interaction Designer - something I didn't even know existed when I was starting out.
It's an iterative process. Sure, having an end goal is good, if that works for you... but it's not the only way. Look for a convergence of your skills and interests, and follow that. Accept that both skills and interests evolve over time, and that a career isn't a static thing defined only at the start.
I had a very clear idea about what I wanted to do when I started studying at university. I wanted to become a software developer. And when I finished my exam and looked for a job, I did send out applications to multiple software companies for a software development rule. However, as I live in Germany and most companies develop somewhere else I signed for a job as a support engineer at an American software company and I must say that for me personally this was a very lucky move. In that position, where I had to deal with a lot of customers, I discoverd how much I like to work with people. When I meat with developers in that company, I also realised that I had a very romantic imagination about what it means to be a software developer in a commercial company. I thought that you can develop all of your own ideas but at the end of the day it is just coding something somebody else defines for you.
So my advice would be, whenever you find your passion, try to sniff into it. Talk to people that are working in that position (Career Village is an excellent place for that). Try to do an internship.
And as others wrote, this is not a one time process, it may change over time.
BTW, I am in sales now. Something I never thought about early in my career and I really love it
Good luck for your future