What is an effective way to decide which path you want to take careerwise?
I have two different career paths I'm considering taking and I'm not sure how to decide which I want to take. I'm struggling to choose between psychology or accounting/finance. The thing is that I have more experience than most my age, in Accounting (I'm currently taking Accounting 2 as a Junior in Highschool), but very little experience in Psychology. I can see myself being some type of therapist though, which is why Psychology has suddenly become something I'm considering. I like to be there for people and help them with any problems they may be going through. Even if it's just being the person they vent to or a shoulder to cry on. On the other hand, I also enjoy math, numbers, figuring out problems, etc. which is why I like accounting. Any advice?
The best way to decide which is the best career path for yourself is to first identify what are your best skills. Once you have identified which natural talents that you were born with, you may want to research which careers would be a good match for your capabilities. Also, consider a career that would not feel like work because you enjoy doing it that much. In other words, find what makes you happy and the money will follow.
Reflecting on inspirational motives exercise :
1. how you define success. 2. what drives you to make an impact. 3. when do you feel most alive 4. what would you stand for even if it was not popular.
I recommend also an inside out reflection exercise. Find out what is your mission in life.
Reflect on your WHY ( why you exist /your purpose/ mission), HOW do you accomplish your why ( discipline and your values) and then think of the the WHAT( what you do) .
Do a list of skills , reflecting on which are your strengths and areas of improvement and hopefully after those exercises on your values and finding your why, you can select a career that will align with your values and will make you happy.
Dr. LaShanda’s Answer
The career that is right for you may be a hybrid of what you love to do. You may be surprised by what you find and discovery that there is a career path that allows your combine your interest in both. I was convinced early on that I wanted to be a Computer Scientist or a Secretary. Very different in theory but when I figured out what I found desirable in both disciplines my mind was opened to other careers that I knew nothing about. Fast forward 20 years and I am an Human Resource Executive and I am doing elements that I love from both of my early career choices.
Dr. LaShanda recommends the following next steps:
While I can't speak to any psychology classes or career path, accounting is a great career path and as you are probably aware it's the language of business. Accounting will open up a lot of doors and you'll learn the ins and outs of how Company's operate as you become more involved in various business process areas (e.g. order to cash, procure to pay, treasury, stock compensation, financial reporting, taxes, fixed assets, leases, etc). Understanding a Company's control environment is an interesting part of the job that requires cooperation with numerous stakeholders. Therefore leveraging the foundations of your psychology classes can play a part in your success since you will interact with individuals with different backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, attitudes, etc.
It's great that you have multiple career fields that interest you! In your situation, I would suggest that you research a bit more on the career fields and how they fit into your desired day-to-day life. Psychologists and accountants have different ways of working, different working hours, different types of clients/projects, etc. Therefore, I would encourage you to research the lifestyles and type of work that each field can provide and determine which is more suited to you.
Additionally, it is absolutely OK that you have more experience in accounting than psychology so far. If you chose to go down the path of psychology, you will learn all that you need to in college. If you chose to go down the path of accounting, it will be great that you have base knowledge on the subject when you get to college.