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

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

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Kendra’s Answer

Rafiq,
Hello! It is great that you are career minded. It demonstrates maturity, foresight, and initiative. It is a good indicator that you will be successful in life. You received sound advice. I am including a few resources to help you navigate your way. If you are still interested in interning you might consider the Borgen Project. The Borgen Project is a great organization where you can build leadership skills through civic engagement. All the best!

Career Planning Workbook
http://www.casey.org/media/CLS_ResourceGuides_subdocs_PAYAModule5EducationCareerPlanningTeenParents-240_250.pdf

Youth financial management
https://4-h.org/about/4-h-at-home/financial-futures/

The Borgen Project (internship)
https://borgenproject.org/

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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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Lucy’s Answer

It’s never too early to start thinking about your career, although remember thinking or exploring are not the same as planning. If you’re in high school or even early college I’d recommend you stay in that thinking and exploring stage- try to understand a wide range of career possibilities. I like to think of finding your right match career as a combination of what activities you enjoy doing or could do all day and not realize the time was passing, what you’re good at (you can always build new skills!) and what fuels your sense of purpose. Try to avoid “shoulds,” especially based on other people’s ideas of your success. For example, if you enjoy talking to people, you are good at hands-on activities, and you feel purpose in helping humanity, you might be a good fit for nursing- but these are such broad parameters, it doesn’t mean you “should” go into nursing. Try listing out several answers to each of the questions posed above and see where you think some intersections could be. Another idea is to list out several people in your life that you look up to and trust, that you feel are successful. Then, if you’re comfortable reaching out, ask them a bit about how they found their careers. And remember- your career will be a series of decisions and moves that you can never predict or plan today. So have some fun with it!
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Luc’s Answer

Great insights from Melissa and Lucy! I would simply add that your career will evolve over time and most likely take twists and turns . Don't stress over making "the right choice" out of the gate. As you build experience, learn about yourself and get exposed to opportunities you will be able to grow with your career.
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