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When is the best time for me to start looking into a career?

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Jill’s Answer

Keep your options open as long as you can throughout college before picking a major. There are so many more careers than what you may have been exposed to so far. Try to shy away from a career just because someone else wants you to do it, a parent does it, or only because you're good at something. Try to think about the life you want to live and what you will need in order to accomplish that. Think about your personality and what appeals to you. If you like a certain subject, learn about the careers that you can do with a degree in that. Research what they get paid, what their lifestyle is, etc. Look at information online. Ask people in those jobs. Don't pigeonhole yourself. Look into trade schools as well. If you are still in high school, consider taking a year off between high school and college to truly start exploring. Intern places and get a feel for different industries.
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Anthony’s Answer

Best advice is to start looking into a skilled trade right away. Possibly do that type of position asap then if you want to do more academics, you will have some income. Orrr if you are scholarly, then start thinking about it now and start going for that 2 year degree. You do not have to decide your career until your 3rd year in college.
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Melissa’s Answer

In my experience, it is never too early to begin actively exploring what career may be best for you, but you don't need to feel pressured to make a final decision right away. If you’re still in high school, you can take steps to explore future careers and figure out what interests you and what may be a good fit. You can complete a summer internship in a field that interests you, take career interest tests to discover potential career paths that you may have never considered in the past, research the academic and professional requirements related to your current dream job(s), or get a part-time job to begin to develop your professional and/or people skills. If you are choosing to attend college and haven't decided on a career path when you start, that's okay! It is normal to start college by studying a variety of subjects before you decide firmly on a major or path to a certain field.
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Cristina’s Answer

Before choosing a career, I would encourage you to experiment and try different things but also speak with with people that are doing the jobs that you think you would enjoy. Speak with anyone that is in a career that you think you might pursue and ask them about their day to day responsibilities, challenges, wins etc.
I will be worth taking a test like this for example : https://www.strengthsprofile.com/en-GB/Products/Free to get a sense of your strengths before diving deeper into a certain domain. Best of luck!
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