You might consider these questions when thinking about your career path:
- Where does your natural talent lie? This may or may not overlap with your interests. For example, you may be interested in becoming a lawyer but have stronger intuitive skills that would serve you well as an entrepreneur. Try to capitalize on your natural strengths.
- What are your financial goals? If you have a certain lifestyle in mind, you might want to consider which types of jobs are in demand and offer the pay range that will help you achieve that lifestyle. Thinking about this can also help you choose a college (or other) program after high school. Try to find a career that suits your interests and strengths while considering the marketability of your chosen skillset.
- Can you get real-world experience before you make a commitment to a college or career path? You may think a career will be a perfect fit for you but not realize what that job actually entails. For example, I went into college certain I wanted to be a wedding planner. After interning at a wedding planning firm, I changed my mind and found an internship in a different industry the next summer. Try to take advantage of real-world opportunities before you commit to a career path.
I hope this helps. Good luck on your journey!
Also here is a great Ted Talk by Emilie Wapnick on a term she created called Multipotentialite. You might get some inspiration from this.
You can find it on youtube by searching on "Emilie Wapnick: Why some of us don't have one true calling"
It is great to have many interests and it can make it difficult to figure out a career. I always had interest in video games, computer science, networking, forensics, and other. In my experience I had careers in some aspect of these interest (outside the forensics) and while some were a enjoyable experience, others were not that great and made my interest dwindle in those areas. But I will say it was nice to explore all my areas of interest and being able to try a few things I would not have thought of doing when I was thinking of my career. Just think about what will bring you joy, whether if it is your number 1 interest or not, and go for it.
Great question! One thing that I have found really fun about working for a big company like Verizon is that there are tons of opportunities. If you are someone who has many interests, I would encourage you to look at large organizations. You could have a career that goes into multiple functions like Finance, Technology, Human Resources, and Sales. Or you could explore lots of different roles in one function, for example, in human resources you could work in recruiting, learning & development or compensation. The possibilities are endless!
Best of luck!
Admittedly, it was hard to narrow it down. Personally, I thought about what I wanted my life to look like in five years. I asked myself questions such as: how many years will it take to break into this career field? Will I be able to afford a school that would prepare me for this career field? Do I want to work in an office? Do I want to work in a studio, doing physical work all day? Do I want to work in a lab?
Essentially, picturing how you want your life to look in the years beyond college can help your narrow down a career paths. In the end, you may still be left with more than one career to explore. The beauty of college is that you are allowed to take classes in different subjects even if that isn't your major. Take classes, talk to people in different fields and make the best decision for you.