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what are some examples of hands-on careers that have a relatively flexible schedule?

I'm still in high school and I have no clue what I want to do career-wise. really any examples of careers that follow that kind of structure would be cool.

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Alyson’s Answer

I worked as a District Engineer for a Water Treatment company out of college and it was hands on with a flexible schedule. Really any kind of sales/consulting positions where you are selling/implementing physical product might be worth looking into. Getting a technical degree (doesn't necessarily have to be engineering) has proven to have opened a lot of doors if you don't know what you want to do.
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Kim’s Answer

Hi Matt
You have been given some excellent guidance from other mentors. I recommend that you consider gathering insights into your natural strengths and building your career options from there.
There are several strengths assessments that you can take to provide the insights into your true strengths. My favorite is StrengthsFinder which focuses on only your strengths, how they influence your approach to your career and how to effectively use your strengths to benefit an organization.
Best of luck to you as you seek essential answers to your career path.

Kim recommends the following next steps:

Evaluate different natural strengths assessments.
Take the assessment of your selected approach.
Review the report for insights and career direction.
Retain the report for future reference as you career continues.
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Madhumitha’s Answer

Software Engineer
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Matt’s Answer

The COVID-19 pandemic has really shed light on what "flexibility" means for a position. The most flexible career paths you can choose are the ones that do not require you to be physically be somewhere. Such jobs also proved more stable than those that require in-person attendance.

As a Software Engineer, my career is hands-on, building software systems for various business use cases. I can do my job anywhere that offers internet and my colleagues and I have the ability work together over immediate communication (Zoom meetings, Phone calls) as well as communicate asynchronously (i.e Slack, email).

Whatever you decide, I would recommend some level of focus on computer fundamentals. Nearly every job requires some use of a computer and having those skills will only make you more productive.
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Kruti’s Answer

Working as a consultant you usually have projects and can work remotely with some employers and can have a flexible schedule. Being a contractor can allow you flexibility. A financial planner that meets with clients can set his schedule as long as his quota is met.
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