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what made you pick the career that you are in now?

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M’s Answer

Hi Meila! This is a great question! For me, I honestly just went with the flow. When I was applying to college, I applied as different majors at different schools, and I ended up just choosing the school that was best for me and pursuing that major accordingly. Then from there I actually did enjoy the classes I took, and got an internship related to the field I am in now which then landed me a job in consulting, which is something I have always been interested in. Hope this helped answer your question.
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Claire’s Answer

Hi Meila! I am currently in recruiting and I chose to go into HR/Talent Acquisition. I graduated with a degree in political science and philosophy. Those degrees helped build my skills in problem solving, analyzing, communication, etc. and I found those skills overlapped with HR and compliance.
Thank you comment icon This was super helpful, thank you! meila
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Essence’s Answer

I studied public relations in college and landed a job as a Talent Acquisition Coordinator at a full-service agency after graduation. Although I gained a lot of transferable skills during my time there, I ultimately learned that public relations was no longer the field I wanted to be in. I knew that I had a passion for storytelling, loved working with people and wanted to somehow make a difference in the lives of others (big or small). This led me to the field of talent acquisition. Now, I'm able to apply both my skills and passions to help build the talent pipeline at New Relic and assist in helping someone find their new job.

My best advice would be to not be afraid to try new things and see what works best for YOU. During your academic courses and future positions, take notes of the things that you both like and dislike. Try to match your interests with your career path and talk to people who are currently in any job/field you are interested in to learn about their experience. Additionally, try to acquire internships in different fields you are interested in because that gives you a quick snapshot into the life of someone who holds that position. And of course, be patient and remember that there's no such thing as a wasted job experience because there is a lesson behind every job. Finding a career that you love may take time but stay the course and I'm sure you will get there eventually :) Hope this helps!
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Marvin’s Answer

Hello! This is a great question. What it all boils down to, in my opinion, is what do you like doing? Are there any special interests in your life or subjects that you like researching/reading/working on? For me, I was always very interested in computers and working with them and that just naturally led to me Computer Science.

One thing to keep in mind is that, no matter how much you love what you're studying or what you do, sometimes work/study will feel like work or studying...and that's ok! When I was studying Computer Science, there were moments when I contemplated switching majors to something easier but I stuck with it and I couldn't be happier that I did! Always be mindful of what you like/don't like about activities you participate in, don't be afraid to try new things, and remember that it is never too late to adjust. Your path is all your own and, as long as you're following what makes you happy, your career will also help keep you fulfilled instead of just something to pay the bills.
Thank you comment icon I will use this advice as I prepare for my career. meila
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Mary’s Answer

I was working as an accountant and I was recruited to an accounting placement firm to place accountants with employers, so I was chosen for a career it was picked for me and it’s been a perfect fit.
I hear from many college graduates that they’re not sure what they want to do, it’s not uncommon to not know yet,
it doesn’t always happen overnight.
I do highly recommend taking assessments that will point out your applicable characteristics / skill sets and recommend what type of career path/ profession should be the best fit for you.
Thank you comment icon I appreciate you taking the time to answer this. meila
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Madi’s Answer

Hi Meila,

I currently work in the Forensic Accounting field. I originally chose accounting because I liked dealing with financial matters in high school such as assisting with my senior dance class' donations, helping one of my teachers with handing out school money, etc. Once I decided to major in accounting, I then researched the types of jobs that accountants could have. Forensic accounting really interested me due to the investigative nature of the field. Growing up, I always liked crime shows and trying to piece together what happened. That is what ultimately led me to the career that I am in now.
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Izaiah’s Answer

I'm still working on getting my major, but what made me choose it was deadlines. To be completely honest, going to college and getting a good education was something that was preached to me by my parents; as I'm sure most of yours did too. So from a young age I knew I was gonna go to college but I never thought about where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do. I remember listening to my classmates saying "Yeah I wanna go to UCLA and major in Micro Biology and then maybe I'll go into medical school to be a cardiologists, what about you?", and there I was just trying to figure out what I was gonna make for dinner. So needless to say I really procrastinated until the last minute to pick my future, which if you really look at that phrase makes absolutely no sense that an adolescent should make such life changing choices before they even graduate. Anyways to stay on track, the clock was ticking on applications and I started to look at my options. The only thing I knew for certain was that I was going to college, but where and what for was up for panic still. I started thinking about what I was interested in, and what I would enjoy doing. I always loved games so I started to look into possible careers with that. While I was looking at that my high school brought in a computer science teacher and opened a new class, so I decided to take a crack at it. Instantly I fell in love with the class, I had always been interested in coding but it looked way to complicated and intimidating to me, but now that I was doing it, it just felt like a big electronic puzzle that had endless possibilities. So with this new found passion I started looking into careers for making games and coding. With the deadline for applications closing in I landed on being a Game Developer, did some brief research and carved Computer Science: Game Design into my major. Now all that was left was choosing a college. I just looked up colleges best known for the specific major and chose the ones in my state, luckily there were quite a few to pick from. I picked my top 4 and then a backup college to apply to and in the end, out of 5 colleges I only got into 2. My backup choice and my second choice. It was a bit tough getting rejected by majority of my applications, especially because I associated myself so much with my academics. In the end, I decided to look at the bright side and went with my second choice, a college I had never thought about before this process, UCSC. The one year online, and one year in-person I came to love the college, and the people I was surrounded with. As for my major, there are times where I question it, there are times when I question if college in general is for me, and then there are times where I love what I do. I'm not sure what the future holds for me, but I know that with my major there'll be a lot of doors I can open and even without it there are still doors I can explore. It might've not been the most educated decision I've made, but I am glad I chose my major, and no matter what I end up doing I know I'm gonna love it.
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