There are also some common themes among jobs that people find satisfying (source: https://80000hours.org/articles/job-satisfaction-research/predictors-of-job-satisfaction):
— Positive emotion – feeling happy day-to-day.
— Engagement – challenging, absorbing tasks.
— Meaning – having a purpose higher than yourself.
— Relationships – connecting with others.
— Achievement – being good at something.
As a starting point, I would recommend writing down some times in your life that you've experienced those qualities. For example, "in what situations have I felt like I was working on a challenging, absorbing task?" "When have I been successful or good at something?" You might find some common situations that point to a potential career, or that inspire some ideas about what you could try out next.
I wish there was an easier answer, but finding the best career for yourself will take some introspection and experimentation — but with time, you'll find something that fits. Good luck!
Alex recommends the following next steps:
I'd like to challenge you a bit let's take a look things a little further.
Merriam-Webster defines the word career:
1: a profession for which one trains and which is undertaken as a permanent calling
2: a field for or pursuit of consecutive progressive achievement especially in public, professional, or business life.
That's why the thought giving this so much thought and ensuring you have a path on how you want to begin this journey, above the definition speaks of an undertaking as a permanent calling sounds like wow that's big. Permanent that's a long time what if this starts not to be so fulfilling, sure you may accomplish all of your initial goals but what if things change. Let's say you move in another direction and you find something that there is something that's a better fit for you or you reevaluate your interest. Does that mean you're stuck ?
I think I have an out for you to explore #2 is our out:
"a field for or pursuit of consecutive progressive achievement especially in public, professional, or business life." the pursuit of consecutive progressive achievment.
Merriam-Webster was looking out for us gave us an escape hatch with the definition of career as a (verb)
: to go at top speed especially in a headlong manner.
JaQuante H the point of my making the distinction is to tag along with Alex's answer that there isn't one answer take this time now and stack up on knowledge, be curiuos take risk now. Ask questions if you find someone that does something that you find interesting ask them how they like it, continue to ask questions in forums like this.
Good luck on your journey. HAVE FUN enjoy the ride.
I would also recommend to study hard but understand your position as a student. You have a lot of leverage and it really only lasts while you're still one. Reach out to companies and mentors and try to work for them. Get a feel, see if this is what you want to do. If not, you have room to maneuver towards something you may like. After you graduate, you don't have the same luxuries. Secure an job while you're still in school.
Maybe you should make a list of what you care when choosing a career.
Pay? Career Path? Colleague...etc.
And then I would suggest to rank them, and these ranks may vary over time which I think is really normal.
There is no an answer that is suitable for everyone so the best way is ask yourself what matters most.
1. Sufficient money to fund your life and family
2. Opportunity to learn and expand your knowledge.
3. HAVE FUN!
Just one is not enough, and usually that is the $ topic. MUST have at least two, and three is a home run!
1. What brings you joy (what might you enjoy doing)? Would you do it even if you weren't getting paid?
2. What are your strengths and talents? What are you good at naturally?
3. What is your why? (What drives you/motivates you in life? What are your dreams and aspirations? What kind of life do you want?)
An important thing to do is to really take an inventory of yourself for yourself (not what others may want you to do/pursue).
There are resources out there that could also help you get to know yourself better and begin to examine potential career paths. Resources include but are not limited to the DISC assessment and the Clifton Strengths Finder.
After examining yourself, you'd want to know the potential careers that match. It's also great to know the trends of the future and what potential growth and sustainability there is for certain career paths. Fields in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are in great demand based on trends. Personally, I google job trends to see what information I may find to understand where there may be job growth or where jobs may be created to support the future.