How do I know if the career I picked is something I know I want to do for sure?
I have always had a passion for what goes on in a criminals mind and why they do what they do and how they react to certain things. But I want to make sure that I don´t back out of something I know I would really wan to do.
Some people find that the choice that they have made is the wrong one after taking a few courses, but you have a choice if you go to the state universities where they do offer options to switch majors.
Learning is a good thing but enjoying and applying what you have learned comes after you have tried it.
Lastly, ask yourself why is that you want to do what you are passionate about.
What are the reasons?
Some people have seen their family members die of cancer so they decide to become a Dr and become a cancer specialists. This is their passion and they do not care how hard it is to reach that goal.
My son was passionate about video games and he was good at them so he pursued Computer Engineering. Did he write software for the video games? NO. However, he is a very successful professional in the software industry.
When you talk to people, come up with a list of questions ahead of time so you're confident going in. Here are some potential questions:
- What is the culture like in this profession?
- What do you do day to day?
- What your favorite and least favorite part of your job?
- What skills/ credentials are helpful for going into this job?
- Think about what you want the career to be and ask questions to see if the career is really like that.
But finally, any path your pursue can change! So as others have said, go ahead and try it out. You can always change later.
X recommends the following next steps:
I was a psychology major in college, but I went on to get advanced degrees in business and teaching, so don't worry too much about choosing a career and keeping it forever. What I learned as a psych major has helped me in several of my careers (both in business and as a teacher). Keep an open mind as you explore aspects of your interests, knowing those interests may lead to careers you never considered before.
Tamberlyn recommends the following next steps:
You won't know until you try it is the ultimate answer in the end.
In life, some people change careers several times in their life, as long as you have a passion for something, it is worth pursuing it.
Venola recommends the following next steps:
- Have you explored any job opportunities or shadowed those who do this for a living?
- How much of what you love would be part of your day-to-day work?
- What do you dislike or want to avoid that is part of the job?
- If you’re worried about backing out, why is that?
- Is it financially secure?
- Do you have other thing you want to go after?
These are all questions to ask yourself with helping find your passions and what you want to do. Also, some may find that they have many careers they might enjoy and do several of them. But you won’t know until you try. It is ok if you don’t end up going for it but make sure that, if you enjoy it, you don’t give up before you try.