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When did you begin seriously evaluating your career?

What helped you to be where you are right now?

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Teresa’s Answer

Coming out of high school, I didn't have an idea about that I wanted to do, so I picked a program and courses at university that interested me. I also enrolled in a co-op program where I got a chance to work for 4 months at a time and apply to any job that was posted at the university for which I thought I might be qualified. It was a great opportunity to learn more about what type of work I liked (and didn't). My coop jobs/internships were in the tech industry, so related to programming but others in the area of accounting, marketing and sales. I think those experiences were triggers for me to start thinking about my career. I realized I liked the tech industry and that there were a variety of roles where I could contribute. I made a conscious decision to stay in the tech industry and learn about various functional areas within a company as part of my career development. I felt that having at least a glimpse of what other functions do would help me in the roles I worked in. Thinking about my career also never ends - for me it's all about learning and what I would like to do/learn next. So, even today, I am on the lookout for other projects/roles within my company where I think I could learn and also add value. It's a journey!
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Maria’s Answer

I have been evaluating my career since day 1, setting goals and a clear vision of what I want to accomplish professionally while also balancing that I am a wife and mother of three kids. These are some of the questions I have asked myself in the past:
- What motivates you? Where do you want to be?
- Do you need additional education once you complete the college undergraduate degree to get there?
- What type of jobs are in the market, what connections do you have?
- How is the current company building a path for you to grow? What tools and support can you receive to ensure you hit your goals?
- What leadership role can you play in the organization to drive success?
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William’s Answer

Hi Yuridia,
I personally started thinking about my careers from my early teenage years. The picture did not become very clear to me then until my late teenage years. People need counsellors to help make the picture clearer to them.
There were few tweaks in choices over the years, but though related choices.
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Brennan’s Answer

Hey Yurida! I began evaluating what career path I wanted to pursue when I was 12 years old. I searched for job titles that matched well with what I naturally excelled at in school. For example, I noticed math was generally really easy to understand + I enjoyed solving math equations + I enjoy money so it made sense to research careers along the lines of business management, finance, real estate, etc. Low and behold, 10 years later I'm a Deal Desk Analyst, which is a type of financial analyst, and I find my daily responsibilities align with what I am naturally good which is nice.
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your questions. These are the questions many students have. You can start thinking of this question any time but should have made your decision before choose the major of the college.
Below are my suggestions :
1. Think about your interest, hobbies, etc. you have and the related careers
e.g. If you are interested in Maths, would you like to be an accountant, banker, engineer, financial analyst, maths teacher, etc.
If you are interested in Music, would you like to be a singer, music teacher, composer, musician, music producer, etc.
2. Find out more on these careers and determine what you have interest
3. Speak to someone who are working in the career you have interest. Seek guidance from your mentor, school career counsellor, your parents, etc.
4. Shortlist 1-2 careers you would like to pursue
5. Explore the entry criteria of the relevant subjects in the college
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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J. Camille’s Answer

Life experiences, my developed personal interests, being exposed to different career options and then figuring out what I truly enjoyed and just felt right to pursue. You have to focus, work to earn your needed degrees and licensing so time. But I have loved my career field for years now and do not believe will ever change. But, when I was younger I did not have a lot of career guidance so I stopped started a few times before the time was right and committed to finishing up.
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Ann’s Answer

I didn't start seriously thinking about my career until my mid 20's, when I was a Mom of 2 little boys and knew I needed to make some changes if I wanted a better life for them and myself. My goal all through school was to be a teacher, but family and life circumstances got in my way and I got off track for a few years.

I changed my mind several times while taking college classes because I didn't do enough research into each career I thought I wanted or I didn't really understand what was involved in the training, education and day to day work involved. What led me to what I'm doing now is landing my first job working in a hospital. I was working as a file clerk and knew that I didn't want that particular job for long, but I absolutely loved working there. It's still one of my favorite places I've worked. I focused on learning everything I could about various careers in healthcare I thought I might enjoy and could make a good paycheck and eventually found what I love.
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Swati’s Answer

Hi Yuridia

I started thinking about my career at age 15. However, when I came to united States, I was amazed to see so many options that I can build my career. I went and explored it in college what I was passionate about.

Swati recommends the following next steps:

explore your options in college .
Think what you are passionate about
what works makes you happy and does not feel like work
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Sanja’s Answer

I have learned that you have to find a job that makes you happy! Makes you happy and the income is enough for you and your future family. What are the things you are passionate about, explore all your options during college. I have changed my mind probably couple times, but I always came back to Supply Chain :). Procurement has been my passion from early 20's and I love it!
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Ed’s Answer

Once you've had enough life experiences and need to support yourself, friends, family, etc. you can better understand what you'd like to do. If it doesn't feel like work or brings you joy you know you're in the right spot!
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