What's a good way to build a strong but open career path?
I am a high school graduate who is currently in career technical training. I had to take a break from college in order to do so but I would like to go back. I took two years of biotechnology in high school and I absolutely adore the subject. Some of my other interests are art, psychology and politics. college career
Also, a lot of different companies have a ton of different parts of their organization, so there are always opportunities to explore different interests, or to combine your interests. Examples: biotech lobbyists working on the hill, HR employees at an insurance company, members of a finance team at a not-for-profit.
Finally, make sure to build a diverse network of contacts, and actively build that network, engage with other, and never stop learning.
I love this question because building a "strong but open" career path is a good way to build a sustainable career. A couple of ways to do this..1)Identify whether you have some clarity on what you like to do now and/or what you think you would like to do in your future..maybe future is up to 5 years from now. 2)Understand what you definitely don't like to do. The difference between 1 and 2? What you like to do can evolve over time but if you are crystal clear on what you don't like, you are less likely to have activities that slip into your career path that you don't want.
A few additional ways 3)Keep an open mind. There may be some activities that you won't know appeal to you until you do a bit more research or take on jobs/projects that are in "different lanes". 4)Find a way to document your activities and/or any results/lessons learned. When you get to a point where you see the value in what you have done, you likely will want to share those experiences with an employer...and they will be eager to hear how what you have done has resulted in benefits.
To me, the key word in your question is "build"....continue building :)
Hope you find this answer helpful and best of luck to you!
Keep up your passion and let that passion show through when interviewing/talking about your work. Hiring managers and other professionals key off that passion and will be impressed.