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What should I do, if I were to deviate from my original career choices?

For instance, if there were a particular field of work that I no longer felt invested in making furtherance upon, this is prime time for the person to do a bit of soul-searching in order to figure out what is the most appropriate medium for their professional livelihoods. I'd like inquire what are some good tips to help kick-start one's path onto finding a new avenue in their career-finding journey.

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Adriana’s Answer

Dear Edwin,
It is important you answer "what I like the most in my life?" if you can match your like with a career path, you have the best options of all.
If you make a decision and later on you change your mind, you will not be the first one in this world. If there is a side career path that you can use your previous skills it will a way to "capitalize" the invested time in the career you did not finish. It will be ok as you can bring skills that others had not developed as they had been focus on this career path you are finding more interesting. :)
If for any reason life take you to a career path that you are not happy with, find the positive side of it, what skills you are getting from this career, embrace it and be creative, you might innovate while trying to transform a career you did not like at all into something you like.
Not everything is under our control, we learn to do the best with what we have and find creative ways to get our dreams come true.
I hope I had answered your questions.

Adriana recommends the following next steps:

Find out if the career you think you like is how you picture yourself doing in the future. Search for an activity in that career you think you are "in love with". Enrol, volunteer in this activity through one Summer and then write down what you like and you did not like. Consider the environment, observe what gronwups do, how they behave, what they do and the impact. You like it. You have an option for a career you already try an aspect of it.
Thank you comment icon Adriana, thank you! Edwin
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Arban’s Answer

Hi Edwin,

I actually can relate to this question because i was one of the people who started college with a different major and graduated in a different major. I always loved science growing up and was good at it when i was in high school and middle school. Then when i started learning it in college i was not enjoying it as much and it was becoming more difficult as each class went by. I said to myself science is fun and all but this just isn't for me. My brother who was a finance major would tell me to take a look into this industry because i was the perfect fit for it so i did my research and began to enjoy the content and material i was looking at. I made the decision to switch my major and that started my career path and i couldn't be happier to be where i am today. If you don't feel happy or confident in the career you are now there's nothing wrong with a change, the most important part is your happiness, liking what you do and waking up every morning wanting to go to work.
Thank you comment icon Thank you for sharing some relatable experiences from your personal background! After consulting with more people, I can attest to the idea of there being nothing wrong with interchangeability. Sometimes, narrowing down what you'll like to do is hard, and even if we lock on a career, we may pursue other careers and retire it at some point. Edwin
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Joana’s Answer

Hi Arban,

You are already on the right track. Being brave enough to put yourself first and really look into other options is exactly what you need to do. Then pay attention to whatever gives you energy and motivation to keep going.

Start by asking yourself:
What are your skills?
What are your core values?
What types of tasks make you be in a state of flow?
Do you like solving problems?
Do you like teaching people?
Do you like advocating for others?

Knowing what makes you happy is the first step; everything else will fall into place after that.

Good luck!

Thank you comment icon I appreciate this, thank you for the advice. Edwin
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Victor’s Answer

Hello Edwin,

I just wanted to share my thoughts with you regarding your inquiry. First of all, it's totally normal to change career paths, it's nothing wrong with that. Sometimes we think we have everything figure out, but as we experience new situations; we might change our minds. Sometimes we think we have our career choice figure out because we have not been exposed to that particular field yet or have not done enough research. I would start by analyzing the natural skills you have, analyzing the things you enjoy doing, and try to find out where those skills and activities are a good match in a possible career field. For example, you might think that you love being an Engineer, but you hate math and you dont see yourself taking a bunch of math. Also, I would encourage you to try to expose yourself to the different career options, look for volunteer opportunities, interview people who are already in the field that you have interest in, and see if it's possible to get an internship in that field so that you can really be immerse and decide if that's the career that you want to pursue.
Thank you comment icon Thank you for your wisdom. I've been dabbling in a lot of internships and other work opportunities as of late and suffice is to say, those experiences have imparted me with newfound understandings in the grand scheme of career building. I will continue to make progress on my journey by putting this into practice. Edwin
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