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How do I make sure the career I'm choosing is the correct one?

I'm currently 17 and I'm a senior in high school, but I'm finding it difficult to pick a career choice mostly because after I invest money into that career what if I decide 2 months in, that's it's not for me. Then what do I do? How do I make sure that I pick a career choice that goes with me, and that I'm not going to abandon. I don't even have a job yet, but I desperately want to move out, and I understand once I get into college that I need to start working which is fine. The major issue with me is making a plan that'll work. It's pretty difficult having to start making your own life choices for your future without anybody helping.

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Rebecca’s Answer

I had the same question when I was your age and even several years into college. I wound up changing my major several times (Computer Science to Business to Communications) and was able to take many general education type classes that helped me figure out what topics or areas interested me most. I would recommend applying for colleges that encourage their freshman to take general education classes initially before narrowing into a major. You may be able to go into college without a major declared and then decide later where you would like to focus for your remaining years of college and any internships. Also, it's important to note that no matter what choice you make, you will likely end up working in many different positions and have many different careers throughout your life. Let your curiosity drive your decisions and be open to exploring careers or jobs that you didn't expect to be in. You never know what you might learn from it that could give you a competitive advantage or unique perspective in your next position. Best of luck!
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for taking the time to read my question, I'll definitely try to explore my options before I settle down on a career. Juliannis
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Randi’s Answer

One good way to decide if the career you select is best for you is to volunteer in that sector. This is not a guarantee but the exposure to the types of individuals working in that field and the work environment can help you assess is this is a match. Keep in mind that once you graduate highschool you will be exposed to a number of occupations and the options will seem limitless. If you go to college, internships are also another good method to ensuring that the path chosen are compatible and fulfilling. Good luck.
Thank you comment icon Thank you for taking the time to help. Juliannis
Thank you comment icon Great tip 😀 Sofia Faria
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Brook’s Answer

1st-- don't panic! Many of us that have successful careers somewhat stumbled into them because we were passionate about a topic. Many of us can help if you are motivated, curious, and interested! I am in science-- I always loved science and fixing things, so I followed that.
I wanted to be a paleontologist but discovered I don't have the ability to memorize things....so I adapted. I am good at chemistry and math.
What are you good at? what do you enjoy reading or doing in your free time?
Thank you comment icon Thank you, this is really helpful. Juliannis
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. This is a very common question that a lot of high school students have. There is no right or wrong. Listen to yourself and find out what you have interest / you would like to do.
Below are my suggestions :
1. Think you about your interest, e.g. your hobbies, your favorite subjects, etc.
E.g. If you are interested in Music, would you like to be a musician, singer, music producer, composer, music teacher, etc.
If you are interested in Maths, would you like to be a accountant, engineer, banker, financial analyst, maths teacher, etc.
2. Find out more on these career and identify what you have interest
3. Speak to some one who are working in these careers. Seek guidance from your mentor, school career counselor, your parents, etc.
4. Shortlist 1-2 careers you would like to pursue
5. Explore the entry criteria of the relevant subjects of the college
Having said that, your interest may change in the future. Many people may change their careers in their life time.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Sree Padma’s Answer

I agree with Rebecca about the way to figure out your career choices. After sorting out your career choices, you can try getting a summer job in your chosen field to get a better idea. Without trying out, you never know what suits you the best. And don't be afraid to switch your interests!
Thank you comment icon Thanks for the advice. Juliannis
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