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Why did you choose that career?

Hi my name is Carlos Gamon im 17 years old and i enjoy watching football playing video games but most liked things are cars i like tampering with cars every chance i get i like to just stare at the engine of a car and study it. engineer career

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David’s Answer

I think the obvious answer is to take what you already enjoy and try to make a career out of it. From my experience, that is tricky and potentially the wrong way to go. Personally, I love photography, but as soon as I started pursuing a career in it, I found that it placed a lot of pressure on photography as a relaxing, creative hobby and instead made it a chore. You may love working on cars, but would you still love it if you HAD to do it to survive, or if you had someone telling you what to fix, or if you were "forced" to do it 8 hours a day, every day? You might, or it might ruin something that you enjoy.

Instead, think about the underlying factors that you enjoy about cars. Maybe it's the idea that you can fix them, or customize them. Maybe it's the fact that you don't need a team of people or a boss to get it done. If you can find out why you like these things, you should be able to find a field that mirrors those characteristics. For example, if the examples above resonate with you, perhaps a field like computer science would be a good fit; you can build things, solve problems, engineer solutions and do so on your own (more or less).
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Zahid’s Answer

The auto industry has a career for everyone. A career in auto service and repair offers variety in day-to- day work, along with the sense of a job well done when returning a repaired vehicle to its owner. Not only are the employment options endless, but you can work in many different settings, including:

Collision and mechanical repair facilities
New car dealers
Parts stores
Manufacturers and distributors
Insurance companies
Educational institutions

The pay varies a lot depending what kind of work you decide to go into. The education requirements varies just as much. Check out the link below to have a better idea:

15 Careers in the Automotive Industry To Explore
https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/finding-a-job/careers-in-automotive-industry
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Naomi’s Answer

I think you are on a right path of identifying what you enjoy doing and seeing how you can make that a career. I will say not all career paths are straight forward. I received a degree in Accounting and worked as an accountant for 5 years. While interviewing with a Chief Financial Officer, he asked if I was willing to learn something new and that started my new career in Application Support. If you would have asked me when I was in college if I thought I'd ever be in IT, I would have said no. Be open to opportunities as they arise even if it is not something you would have seen for yourself previously.
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Maya’s Answer

Hey Carlos!

Small things like enjoying a part of a car can become the passion you never knew for car mechanics! I have a cousin who had a story similar to yours who just finished trade school and is working as a mechanic. I suggest you look more into the mechanic/car industry, see where your type of interests can compel you, and I am sure that you will succeed in finding out if this is your true passion!

Here's a video I found that can get you started:
https://youtu.be/bML6gwf5MME

Hope this answer helps!
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Brendan’s Answer

I believe that passion that you display in your original message is the same passion that kick started my career in Information Technology. To bring it back I started my career as a passion in high school. My uncle introduced me to building my first PC and after that I was hooked. I wanted to study computer related topics all the time and when I wasn't getting the resources from school I reached out to our technology administrator and found a way to shadow him. I feel like taking these steps outside of school really helped me to catapult my career and showed me what motivation I needed to persevere in my space. However, that passion is what lit the fire initially and kept the fire burning even to this day.
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Luciano’s Answer

The possibility of building or fixing things, of leaving something really new for everyone, of being able to look at something and think that I changed a specific reality with my task.
The real feeling of making a world a little better and more beautiful, without damaging anything!
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Danny’s Answer

A fantastic way to think of what career you want to pursue is to think of the things that you like and what you would find enjoyable to work on. The best job you can have is one where you enjoy doing it everyday. If you enjoy videogames, maybe you would find game development to be enjoyable for you, so you could look into what courses and career paths you can take that will allow you to become a game developer in your future. Since you like cars, looking into Mechanical Engineering or Automotive technician engineer can be interesting for you.

Danny recommends the following next steps:

Think of what you enjoy doing in life that you can imagine yourself working on everyday
Make a list of potential careers given your passions
See what "requirements" are needed to allow you to pursue that career
Work towards completing those requirements!
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