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How can one be sure of the career path they want to take.

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Anup’s Answer

It took several years before I was sure of the career path I wanted to take. For careers in medicine, there is a lot of time to figure it out because the training is longer than other careers. It often involves learning and gaining experience and seeing if a given setting is for you long term. For psychiatry, I did several rotations in medical school before I realized that was the direction I wanted to take.
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Mariah’s Answer

You can't and that's ok! They say the average person will change careers 5 times. I've been working for 20 years and I've already changed careers 3 times and I changed majors in college twice before that! You make the best decisions for yourself with the information you have at the time you have to make that decision. And then changing your mind is absolutely fine. You're allowed to try something out, see how it fits, and if you don't like it, pivot to something else. The key is to check in with yourself and make sure what you're doing is making you happy. If its not, then make a plan on how to pivot to something else. It may require some additional education, training or mentoring. But if that's the right decision for you, you'll make sure that you work hard to get to that next step.
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Susan Delphine’s Answer

I agree with Mariah's answer completely. I was a chemist, a computer systems designer, a hospital data processing person and now a psychiatrist. Look at the profession that looks good to you now. Look at what it takes to get there. Aim for the highest A in every class. On the first of every single month, sit down quietly and ask yourself if "where you are headed" feels right. Do this the rest of your life.
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