How to narrow down a cluster of different career paths and interests, to about 3 or 4 and focus on those few, without uncertainty and second guessing?
The majors I am interested in are so different from each other (ex: architecture and law) that I am having a hard time to narrow it down to just a few.
I am aware that I don't have to know now but I am on a time crunch and my goal is to narrow it down to 2 and stick with it.
Megan recommends the following next steps:
People change as they progress in life. Something that motivates and interest you may not be the same 20 years from now. So I would say keep your mind and your eyes open. Don't get too worried about having to choose one career and thinking that you need to stick with that. As long as you're growing (more senior positions, compensation, or personal achievement), you're good.
I agree with the other responses, that a intersectional job may be very interesting.
Have you looked into double major? Maybe you can start be researching the areas that you are interested in. You would also have to talk to the advisors or admissions at the school that you want to attend. Double majors a little more difficult in the amount of work you have to do but its definitely worth it if you have more than one interest in learning and working in.
While none of us want to waste money on classes that won't apply to our degrees, PLEASE change majors if you realize you made the wrong choice! Don't stick with something that's just not "you!"
I recommend learning how to do something called an 'informational interview'. Reach out to people who are in the professions that you're considering and ask them about their day to day work. I've ruled out a lot of career paths by learning more about what people *actually* do in their jobs. With curiosity and respect, you can learn a lot. This is a good way to start networking, and maybe even to land an internship.
Your major matters, but it does not dictate your career. You can go to law school with a music degree, and you can be a doctor with a pre-law degree. My biggest caution... I've seen people start with 3 majors and then never finish any! Finishing any degree is better than starting 3 and finishing none. Additionally, you might considering that an architecture firm employs many more people than just an architect, and a law firm employs more than just lawyers; Paralegals, project managers, consultants, data scientists, and more are there to support the firm's goals.
Hope you are doing well.
Cost-benefit Analysis is the best way to find out the right career path. As I was confused about two fields when I was in Grade 12 so I created a list of the Advantages and Disadvantages of that profession (MBBS and Bs Psychology) and It really helps me to figure out the right career path.
Today, I am an Associate Psychologist and Behavior therapist and I am so happy with this profession.