In terms of choosing a career, I personally would push you to find out the set of things you are interested in, so you know how competitive you need to be for your college application. If you are trying to be a lawyer, doctor, or investment banker it is helpful to know what schools those companies tend to target. I would also do a lot of research online about the professions to learn more about it. One thing that I am sure you can find is a "Day in the life" video on youtube. Those can give you some insights into the hours and day to day. If you are curious about the salary then I would also look that up online to get an idea.
Your parents or guardians should actually be guiding you in the direction they see you have special gifts and talents at an early age. If you don't have that then you should start immediately thinking about what you are good at like Math, Science writing, animals, computers, Technology etc. Then look into the Occupational outlook hand book and see what careers are going to grow in the areas you are interested in the next five to ten years. This will give you a good direction and a guide to help making the right career choice.
I hope this helps.
This is such a good question, thank you for asking it. Like others have suggested check with your parents, friends, and teachers to find out what they observe are your strengths. But also consider what would spark joy for you. What are things that you enjoy doing? If unknown you can also search what career areas will be in high demand and see if any of those spark something. One thing you'll also want to consider is not getting locked in on only having just one career as chances are you will have multiple careers in your lifetime whereby you will be doing different things. My advice is to be open to possibilities.
I wish you all the best and hope this helps.
I agree with everyone else's advice here! I would also add that college is a GREAT time to explore. You should consider seeking internships during the summers, as these are great opportunities to learn without being fully committed to one path.
When you're in college, an intern, or starting at a new job it is the perfect opportunity to ask a lot of questions to the people who are already in the work force. In my experience, people love talking about their personal journeys, and when you're just starting your own career journey, they will be excited to offer their insight!
Make sure you ask questions that can give you insight into what makes a role or industry interesting, exciting, challenging, and then ask yourself whether you can imagine yourself doing that job!
I've been in multiple roles in my life (I'm in by 40s now). I started in IT, then HR, and now I work as Product Manager in a Financial institution (I graduated from Business Administrator, which is an amazing way to keep your options open - HR, Marketing, Finance, etc).
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.