Data - did you play video games and learned the cheats and ways to reprogram your app? Does it feel right to do this and you can spend hours looking for ways to hack your games or create apps? Do you organize everything? If so, accounting, ethical hacking, computer programming, database and data analytics might be fields you would pursue.
People - do you like people. When you go to a party or hang with a crowd, does this energize you or tire you out? If people energize you, sales, business, or coaching may be it. If you like helping people, careers in counseling, politics, emergecy services (EMT or Firefighter), or medical (nurse or doctor) may be it.
Things - are you a person who likes to tinker, likes to fix things, or do mechanical and electrical components seem easy to figure out? You might like engineering, or construction trades, HVAC, energy, or manufacturing. Do you like to be outdoor in the sun and elements?
Short answer is there are many ways to approach a career search. Most people happen into their career by succesive jobs and/or courses. Each of us can do all 3 categorues at least at some level of engagement. It is where you strength is, wgat energizes you, and what peaks your interests (things you like to do that energize you) that help you choose direction.
When you think you know, get some experience by working your network and doing some research (ask friends, family, and acquaintences). Earn some digital badges and certifications. Many employerswill pay for education and training for someone who has a good start.
Paul Goetzinger MPA
With me it came down to what my personal strengths were in, and where I felt I could make a difference in peoples lives. I knew for a long time, even when I was in high school, that I wanted to do something in the area of public service.
I imagine, Like a lot of people that I have communicated with, that you are getting lots of advice as to what you should do with your life. You might be told to go into a certain occupation because there is a lot of money in it, or there is a lot of demand for people in those occupations. As an advisor, I discovered that students who pursued occupations or careers for those reasons, eventually ended up quitting school, failing their courses, and never finishing.
If I were to make a recommendation, it would be to pursue a career which you enjoy, and which you can take advantage of your cognitive and personal strengths. Because if if you get into something that you love, eventually the money and prosperity will follow you.
In regards to what careers I chose, I had to determine what my strengths were. I was an excellent speaker and writer, I was dedicated and loyal, and worked well in a team environment. I also wanted to work with students and instructors, so the fact that I became an educator seemed to make sense. My writing skills also got me noticed by supervisors, and I became a writer for various campus publications and later set out on a freelance writer career.
So I would definitely do a self reflection, determine what your primary interests and strengths are. See where you can get the academic training and education, where you can develop and enhance those strengths, and see if there is a possible mentor in that career field that you can shadow, to see if that career is something that you would like to do. I hope this has been helpful in assisting your educational and career path.
Paul recommends the following next steps:
Instead, figure out what you enjoy doing and are good at now, without worrying about where it might take you. Love the energy of theater and the arts? You can go so many places with that interest - from writer to ticket-taker to stagehand to lighting professional to . . . Love sports, but sensible enough to know you aren't going to be on the field, or court, in any meaningful way? Sportswriter, marketing assistant, facilities manager, communications, IT specialist, analyst, . . .
Really love math, but totally do not want to be a high school teacher? Coding, research, statistician . . .
The key is to start from what you enjoy and grow outward from there.
Ceil recommends the following next steps: