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My career goals is to be successful as i can be. some of my long term goals are to go to college and graduate. also go find a good job involving with nursing or thing that i can help people. short terms are getting into the right college. i think that's a short term. but i want what's best for me .

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Mary Kate’s Answer

I always found it important to set clear and attainable goals for myself. It may be helpful for you to list out the things you want in the college that you'll go to, for example: college or university? Close to home or far away? Traditional 4-year school or a junior college? Live on campus or live at home? etc. This may help you get a clearer focus so you can narrow down your many options. The same method can be applied for considering what career you want to go into. Hope this was helpful! :)
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Michael’s Answer

Hi Zoey,

It's great that you have both long and short term goals for your future! If you have any friends whose parents are nurses or in a field you might be interested in, reach out to them and gather as much information as you can on what the day to day life is like for them. It will give you a better understanding of what your future job might look like. Once you have a better understanding of what it looks like to be a nurse, I would reach out to to nursing schools or groups in your area so you can understand what the requirements are you for their programs, the academic rigor behind the education, and what you should be working on most while you're in school now. I think having these two perspectives would assist you with understanding what a nurse does and the necessary requirements for getting into a nursing program.

I hope this helps!
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Vridhi’s Answer

Hi Zoey,

That's a great goal to have. If you want to start getting into nursing - it's best to look at online certification courses associate with nursing.

Additionally - please feel free to do the following:

1) Speak with other nurses
2) Search for internships in nursing
3) Take online certification courses in nursing

Hopefully each of these will help you reach your goals.
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Pratibha’s Answer

Hi Zoey, start off by mapping out the requirements your dream colleges have and make a list of them. Then, I would highly encourage you to speak to various current students, alumni, etc. in nursing studying in the universities you shortlisted. Once that is done, as Mary mentioned above, list out other goals like if you prefer a college vs university, on/off campus or live at home, scholarships vs other grants, etc. These will help you cross-check your requirements and help you kickstart your career. Additionally, take some online courses and certifications if you have time and try to gain some experience by doing part-time, volunteer or paid nursing roles. It will only help you get a better nursing job later on.
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Liz’s Answer

Hi Zoey,

If you are interested in nursing programs, I would start your college search focused on good nursing programs. There are many that will allow you to graduate with a nursing license within four years. Most of these programs give you at least two years of experience with clinicals, which is essentially on-the-job experience.

Adding to the responses here, as you are looking for the right college or university, one recommendation I have is to think about the location that you go to school and get licensed, as this may give you more flexibility when you are looking for a job. I have a link here that explains The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact: https://www.usnursing.com/nurses/compact-walk-through-states.

Hope this helps!

Best,
Liz Noe

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Neha’s Answer

I think the first thing you can do is match your short-term goals with the long-term ones. For example, if you plan to get into nursing, start with certifications and internships which will also help in your college application. At the same time, you can also go for volunteering activities which will in turn help build your network. Lastly, always have a plan B and some additional skill. Hope this is helpful.
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Shaye’s Answer

Hi there, in addition to the great comments already been made, I would also encourage you to look beyond a single occupation. There are so many type of jobs that can make you successful and helps people. However if you're interested in nursing specifically, I'd do some research online to see what their day to day looks like, also their pay scale, working hours, working environment, benefits, etc. The more you know the better informed you are when making a big decision. Also ask yourself what are your talent and skills? Are you good in a specific subject, or a variety of subjects. Then brainstorm a few occupations based on those and you may surprise yourself with possibilities. Good luck!
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Meghan’s Answer

Hi Zoey,
So many great answers you received so I’m going to take this in another sort of direction.
So often when someone says they want to go in to nursing they don’t realize there are so many careers on the health and medical field side that might not be considered but could check the goal box of helping others.
There are certification programs you can look in to specific to areas like: Phlebotomist, x-ray or ultrasound technicians, radiology technicians, respiratory specialists.
You could also look in to volunteering as an EMT to get some experience to see how your interests evolves.
You can’t go wrong being a healthcare worker. It’s hard work and a calling for many and something to be proud. Best of luck.
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david’s Answer

Zoey,
Admirable goals, but I advise you that a goal without a plan (written, preferably) is just a dream. I emphasize that, as it is quite common for people to have goals that are never realized, all because nothing of substance was done to achieve the goal. There are goals I had when younger that I never achieved because I never developed a serious plan to achieve them. And that is my challenge to you. You say your goal is to be successful. What does that mean? Rich? Famous? Healthy? Vague goals will not serve you well. I encourage you to clarify your goal (write it down), and then write down a detailed plan to achieve the goal. By having a plan, showing the steps to take, you can check of the steps as you achieve them, all bringing you closer to your goal. Do this, and you will start accumulating meaningful information, both about your goal and about yourself. You will also find that your goal may change, the more knowledge you build on it. Yes, this is hard work, but you will see tangible results. All the best to you.
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Chirayu’s Answer

That's great to hear that you have both short-term and long-term career goals! Having a clear idea of what you want to achieve and a plan to get there can help you stay focused and motivated as you move forward. In terms of getting into college, you may want to research the requirements for nursing programs or other programs in a related field. This could include minimum GPA requirements, prerequisite courses, and any relevant exams like the SAT or ACT. You may also want to reach out to admissions advisors at the colleges you're interested in for more information. As for finding a job, it's a good idea to start building a strong professional network, gaining relevant work experience, and learning about the different opportunities that are available to you. You may also want to consider reaching out to professionals in the field to ask for advice and gain insights into what it takes to succeed in your desired career.
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Deborah’s Answer

From your statement I see that you mentioned you want to be SUCCESSFUL and HELPFUL. You also mentioned a specific occupation in healthcare- nursing.
Ask yourself the following questions:
Do I need to be helpful to be successful or successful to be helpful? Because based on that careers aspirations can change.

Let's say you want to be successful and THEN be helpful:
1. You could consider a career path- that is fast paced with high rewards and eventually leads to having a positive impact on society. This is a fast track but you would have remember to find the time to come back and do what makes you happy and contribute back to your community.
2. At the same time, remember you could be very passionate about a particular area, like becoming a successful world-class artist and then using your resources to make a difference. - This requires lot of passion towards something and discipline and then remembering to give back.

Let's say you want to be helpful and THEN successful:
There are a lot of essential jobs and primary healthcare jobs like NURSING, that are considered as being helpful or contributing first hand to the society's welfare. I would say don't just think of Nursing look at other opportunities in health care or essential services like paramedics, first responders- that may also be of interest and align it to how you perceive your personality and would keep you happy as well- because you need to be happy then you would be happy to help. HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL from here. Let's say you become a nurse and are doing your job really well, you need to search for 1. mentors - who can show you a career path in the organization 2. allies- peers and next levels who help you navigate the system, become your support. 3. GET CREATIVE - search for forums and conferences, places that you can showcase your expertise and experience, get in touch with others, start showing up and building your brand- before you know it, you will become the face of your team, your business unit and your organization and then I will see your name show up in international conferences in health care.

Hope this is helpful and you can always reach me on LinkedIn.



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Vee’s Answer

Great question - and kudos to those who've already offered some great advice.

I'm tactical or step-oriented (do 1, then 2, then 3, then maybe return to 1 or 2). So for me, this is how I approach career goals:

1. I assess what I want - what makes me happiest or brings me most energy when I do it. This could be something like, "I like to physically care for others" to "I love to solve complex mathematical equations." You might even have both of these things on your list!

2. I consider what environments I might want to work in. Do you want to work remote or in a physical space, like a clinic, hospital, school, etc? Which gives me more energy - working in groups, leading groups, or working as an individual contributor or creator).

3. I make a matrix of these things (often 3 things that make me happy and 3 environments or physical spaces) and then brainstorm what jobs might be in each "quadrant" - this would be a 3 box by 3 box chart. I'd think about the example of "I love math and I love working in physical spaces" and also "I love math and I love leading groups" and then identify jobs that fall in those headings - and see if there are careers/jobs that fall in BOTH. Those might be the sweet spot.

4. Assess paths forward - think about 1 year, 2 years and even 5 years out. What steps do you need to take to get to these types of careers?
You may ask many more folks over Linkedin, mentor groups or EVEN coming back here to ask for career pathing suggestions.

This process will help you streamline, and then don't be afraid to ask for help from others!
Best of luck!
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