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How will I know what career path best suits me?

How did you find the career you have today?

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Ameera’s Answer

Its simple but at the same time often complicated. When choosing your career you need to see certain things like: interests, opportunities, personality, abilities, resources etc.
Taking guidance & counsel in this matter is very important but you need to realize that only you know yourself better than anyone else.
Following are some simple steps that can help you:
● Make a list of careers you are interested in
● Note them in order of your liking, writing your most interested option at the top & so on....
● Search for every option using available resources. You can also take help from family, peers & teachers
● Now look for pros & cons for each option
● You'll get your answer.
Trust yourself & then go for it!!!
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Claire’s Answer

I'd dive into different types of career clusters and see which areas interest you. There are even career quizzes you could take online to narrow your ideas down a bit. Some enjoy working with items and are more tactile, others like working with ideas or research. Some like working with people and are interactive, others prefer data and numbers with limited interactions etc. What kind of classes did you enjoy or not enjoy in school?

For me personally, I knew I wanted to work with people. I job shadowed a marriage and family therapist (due to confidentiality it was more of a Q and A session). I began pursuing this route but it was eventually pointed out to me by someone else how natural I was with helping kids and adolescents and I began looking into school counseling. The pay could be better but I can't complain about the time off.
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Atul’s Answer

What do you enjoy? Are you a people’s person? You like to work behind the desk? What subjects are you good at?
For instance: if you are good in Math - explore Software or Finance field.
If you like working with people and have a skill set to do public speaking - try BA in Marketing.
You know the answer to your own question, do not let someone else define for you.
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Katharina’s Answer

Before I entered the two last years of school in Germany I never thought I would consider a technical career in which I am very happy now. Our school had also given us the chance to take part in a two-day seminar to evaluate our strengths and suggest potential careers in that area. Maybe there is an offering similar to that which you can participate in. Before the seminar, I had never thought about Industrial Engineering, but comparing to my interests and strengths, this was something which turned out to be the best choice since I really enjoyed studying in this field.
Now, I do not work in Engineering anymore but I have switched to the software industry out of an interest for a specific topic that came during my master thesis. For me this also means that whatever you decide to do in the beginning doesn't have to be what you do in the middle or in the end of your career. It is more important to learn skills and tasks that you like rather than just doing a job.
A career is also about testing and trying out things. Internships help so you can in best case determine what you like and even if you find something you don't like the internship was worth it and will help you with identifying what you want to do. The best thing is to just get going!
Good luck!!
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Frances’s Answer

If you are in High School your school's guidance office will have online aptitude or career tests which narrow down what your interests or skills are. If you are in college/university, you can go to the career counseling center for these same types of tests. These mainly focus on what your interests or passions are. When I was in HS, I took a military test and scored very high in the technical area. But other tests I took pointed to sales and marketing; relating to other people. How do you find a job that combines both of those? My career counselor helped me find something in high-tech sales. That satisfied my interest and aptitude in both areas. It is important to find something you are good or passionate about so you will be happy in a career. In today's world, certain jobs never existed 10 years ago - do not be afraid to explore and create your own path or niche in life. Today's job environment is much different than it was for our parents and grandparents.

Frances recommends the following next steps:

See your guidance or career department
Take an aptitude or career placement-type test
Do not be afraid to go outside of the box and create your own path
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