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When would be a good time to start looking into careers?

I'm a junior right now and I don't know what career I want.

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Abraham’s Answer

Making a decision about a career path is a vital decision that require several considerations. There may not be a specific time that is best to decide on a career, but knowing your it early is an added advantage.

Some people get to know their preferred professions very early, others don't. The basic idea is to think of what you are passionate about, which careers get you excited when you see those in such careers, you could even reflect on your childhood role-plays to find which professions you loved to play in. I prefer to call this, 'Make your passion your profession'. It is knowing what you would like to do, that will determine which academic path you should travel.

Once you are sure of which field you have interest in, it does not matter at which stage or age you are, you can make a decision about your career.
Remember, academic advisors and career counselors are a huge resource when trying to make some of these decisions.

Hope this helps someone!
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Tammy’s Answer

Hi Braden! It is definitely time to do your research and explore your options. While it is true that Middle School is the best time to explore careers, it’s never too late to find your passion (or change it!).

Now would be a great time to talk to your school counselor as helping students look towards careers and college majors is part of their job. School Counselors are skilled in this area and can help!

If you high school has a career center, go visit. They often gave access to career inventories and personality assessments which might give you some insight. Does your school offer the ASVAB? This test is a great resource which comes with a career and college planning tool based on your personal strengths. If your school offers it- sign up to take it! Ask your counselor about this.

O*Net profiler is a research based FREE online career exploration tool that would also be a great place to start.

And as others have said, take some time to evaluate what you enjoy, what subjects you are good at, what motivates you, what things do you like and would do even if there was no paycheck? Answers to these questions can help direct you to a career you might like to do!

Tammy recommends the following next steps:

Talk to your School Counselor
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Grace’s Answer

Try to think about what interest you most. What subject you are willing to do even not for your Grade? Image yourself will do that for a long long time without being bored and still feel excitement.

Observe the adults around you and see if you can find a role model or couple role models you may want to become when you grow up.

You can start to think about it in High school and keep on searching until you find your dream jobs. Someone is lucky and find it earlier. Others may take some years to find it.

Grace recommends the following next steps:

Try to find some summer jobs or interns to try certain industries.
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Peyton’s Answer

Short answer: There is never a wrong time! Junior year sounds like an amazing time for you to really start pin pointing you interests and strengths. From there I would see which align and what possible career paths you can chose that both interest you and utilize 1 or more of your strengths. I believe the best career for anyone is always one they are passionate about. Also keep in mind, it is OKAY to change careers are well. You don't have to stick with you first career.

When you find a path you want to explore try networking with someone local that has that career to pick their brain and learn more. Additionally, look for a part time job or internship to get hands on experience.

Good luck!
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Kimanu’s Answer

You may not know what your career would be right now and that's OK. The best thing to do is be a magnet be a sponge absorb all types of information and all things that don't stick let it go. Always ask alit of questions get involved. Use your resources look for interns, fellowships, shadowing programs, volunteer. You never know what may fall into your lap. The decision is not now but with some of these experiences it may make it easier for you later on on life. Good luck
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Mustabsheera’s Answer

Hi, Braden!
Hope you are doing well.

The best time to analyze your passion is when you are in Grade 7 or 8. Suppose there are so many students who opted for science in Grade 9 and then change their career path in Grade 11 so it’s best to analyze it timely and invest your precious time in learning the fundamentals of your passion.
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Sallie’s Answer

Now is a great time to start looking into career opportunities. Reach out to your school's guidance counselor. They will help you come up with a game plan post high school
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Dalphne’s Answer

There's no time like the present! Do some research about careers that relate to your areas of interest. Now is great time for exploration and learning what you like and dislike before going off to college or technical school. Ask a lot of questions to those around you. Set up times for you to shadow people working in different careers so you can see how their day goes.
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