How do I pick just one career path?
Hi, I honestly have no idea what career would be best for me. One I could succeed in, I want to be a nurse but at the same time a photographer and a writer. I do write stories because I have a lot of ideas in my head, and photography my dad got me into that and I love it. I am only in high school right now and got two years to think about it, but it will go by so fast. Also, not comfortable with asking the counselor because it feels like they judge more that helping.
It's OKAY to not know what you want to be when you are out of high school, or even when you are out of college. Personally, my career doesn't look anything like I thought it would when I started my undergraduate degree but I'm so happy with it. My recommendation for you is to pursue a STEM degree (nursing is great!) and pursue photography and writing on the side. The great thing about going to college is you will have time to take classes that are not part of your major. You should be able to find classes in photography or writing that help you to continue to pursue those interests.
These two things are something you should keep doing, but it's not necessary to be your occupation.
Works and jobs are something you should be good at or even excellent at but not must-be your favorite.
- Which one(s) offer solid, long-term prospects in a field that you find appealing?
- Which one(s) offer fascinating work but may not be able to provide you a steady income and benefits?
Those falling into the first section become "career potential".
Those in the second often become "side gigs" or "hobbies".
There's nothing wrong with the latter -- they may become careers for you in the future -- but you want to make sure you learn something that will keep you fed and clothed while you explore and develop other avenues. With luck, you can get into a career combining all of your interests that takes care of you as well.
Good luck with your search. You're young and have a lot of options from which to choose!