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What type of job is best for me and how do I decide?

I want to find a job where I can visit and learn about different cultures and environments. I love writing, being in and helping nature, helping others, and learning & experiencing new things. With those who are in fields with similar aspirations as I, what are your professions and how did you choose them?

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James Constantine’s Answer

Hello Amy from Spokane, greetings from James on Australia's Gold Coast! I received your inquiry and I'm happy to help.

You're wondering about the best career path for you, given your interests and desires. You've mentioned that you enjoy writing, nature, helping others, and experiencing new things, and you're curious about jobs that would allow you to engage with different cultures and environments.

Given your preferences, here are a few professions you might consider:

1. **Journalist**: This role will allow you to write about various topics including culture, environment, and societal issues. You could work for a newspaper, magazine, or online platform, and you might have the opportunity to travel for stories.

2. **Environmental Scientist/Specialist**: If you're passionate about nature and conservation, this could be a good fit. You would work to protect natural resources, conduct research, and develop policies to combat environmental issues.

3. **Humanitarian Aid Worker**: If helping others is your calling, consider a career in humanitarian aid. You could work for organizations like the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders, providing assistance to those affected by disasters, conflicts, or poverty.

4. **Teacher/Professor**: If you love learning and sharing knowledge, teaching could be a rewarding career. You could teach a range of subjects, depending on your expertise, and inspire students to understand the world better.

5. **Travel Writer**: Combining your love for travel and writing, you could document your adventures and share tips with readers, inspiring them to explore new places.

6. **Nature Conservationist**: As a conservationist, you would work to protect and preserve natural habitats, working with government agencies, non-profits, or private companies to implement conservation strategies.

7. **Foreign Service Officer**: If you're interested in foreign cultures and living abroad, consider a career in foreign service. You would represent your government abroad, promote national interests, and engage with local communities.

8. **Photographer**: If you have a knack for capturing moments through photos, photography could be a rewarding career. You could specialize in travel, nature, or documentary photography, among others.

To make a decision, consider your skills, interests, and values. Research these jobs, talk to people in these fields, and perhaps take a career test to get more insights. Remember, the best job for you is one that aligns with your passions and goals.

I hope this information makes a difference in your career journey. Good luck, Amy!
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Nandini’s Answer

Hello Amy,

As a consultant for one of the big 4s, I used to travel a lot (every week) before COVID. So this might be an option if you like to travel both domestically and internationally. Here are a couple of points on how I started out in this field and what I think would make one stand out:

1. How can someone start acareer in consulting?
a. I was an experienced hire. My previous organization was a technology service center. I was a Test Lead/ Manager in that organization. That said, many of the consulting organizations are also hiring college graduates with little to no experience.
2. What are some things that will make you stand out in the application pool
a. Technology Acumen - You don't have to know everything about the latest technology advancement - but being curious and showing an aptitude to learn will go a long way with your interviewer.
b. Client exposure/ experience - I felt that really helped my application. Many of the interview questions were also around client experience.
c. Soft skills - Goes hand in hand with client experience. Soft skills and communication is crucial in consulting.

Hope my answers help you out. Have a great rest of your day!
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Pranati’s Answer

A few options that can be explored:
1. CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE, or CQ, is a globally recognized way of assessing and improving effectiveness in culturally diverse situations. It's rooted in rigorous, academic research conducted across more than 100 countries. (ref. Wilbur Sargunaraj)
2. Working in the localised craft sector, gives a lot of opportunities to travel and help uplift artisan societies spread across different areas. This also gives the opportunity to help them sustain the craft and can also write blogs to promote the respective craft.
3. World needs a lot of personalities like you who would like to give back to society, considering you like writing and would like to understand different cultures think about venturing into social enthusiasts or journalism, it will help you study society and give back and share your experiences with the rest of the world.
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Sophie’s Answer

The first thing I did to move into a role was connect with a career advisor at the school I graduated to get some kind of direction for what I wanted to do. My career advisor knew the right questions to ask me and allowed me to meditate on myself and ask questions like; what excites me and, what I talked about all the time. Sometimes it takes asking friends and family what they see in you what kind of personality they see in you, or what they recognize your hobbies and interests to be.
It's alright to ask others these questions about what they see in you.
Taking personality assessments and career assessments also helped me to figure out what I wanted to focus on because all of the assessments always pointed to the same thing a counselor, career coach, or some kind of counselor. I knew the assessments were correct for me because I have always desired to become a counselor in some capacity. I enjoy communicating with people and helping them in any way I can to guide them into a better lifestyle.

Sophie recommends the following next steps:

Start a journal to write down everything you find out about yourself, and your journey towards a new role.
Thank you comment icon This is very informative and a good place to start, thank you!!! Amy
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david’s Answer

Journalism is an excellent foundation, as that could land you a job as a local news reporter, and your windows of opportunity would expand significantly from there. If touring is a major priority in the immediate future, cruise ships are always looking for staff, and you might enjoy a few such cruises to further define your travel interests.
Thank you comment icon Oh I I wouldn’t have thought of that, thank you!! Amy
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Brian P. D.’s Answer

If you love writing and want to help nature, you may want to consider a career as an environmental journalist. You would get opportunities to share your love of the natural world while writing articles that would help educate others (and yourself) about climate issues and environmental protection.

Here are a couple of short articles explaining the field (there are many others online):
https://africa-media.org/careers/reasons-to-become-an-environmental-journalist/
https://ijnet.org/en/story/looking-become-environmental-journalist-heres-what-you-should-know

Whatever you do, make sure to choose your professional field because you love the work and not simply because of the paycheck.
Good luck.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the advice! I’ll look into this :) Amy
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. I am glad to hear that you love travelling and writing.
Have your thought about to be a travel journalist or YouTuber, travel guide, travel planner, etc.?
Below are some suggestions:
1. Explore on the jobs that are travel related, eg the one I have aforementioned, etc
2. You can also consider to join some working holiday or exchange student programs
3. Attend the college information session of travel and hospitality subject
4. Speak to someone who are working in the relevant careers, eg travel journalist, travel guide, etc.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
Thank you comment icon Thank you for taking time to answer my question, helps a lot! Amy
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Stephanie’s Answer

It's a nice choice of career my dear.
Journalism and tourism is a field of study for your path. You love culture, as a journalist you can write about people's belief and way of life.
Second my dear, as a tourist you can travel and see things for your self.
Have you ever thought about archaeology? You can also be an archaeologist. Discovering will be best for you.
Thank you comment icon You rock! This advice is very helpful. Amy
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Tom’s Answer

Here's an idea starter. Look for the local Sierra Club chapter .... https://www.sierraclub.org/washington/upper-columbia-river
Join it! They deal with the environment and also are multi-cultural in staffing and their work. They work worldwide. Then simply write about your new adventures in a diary or submit them to your student newspaper, local neighborhood newspaper, online on an appropriate site and anything else you can find that will accept your stories.

Tell everyone you meet what your goals are. This is 'networking' and sooner than later it will pay off.

Good luck from a 55 year member of Sierra Club!! :)
Thank you comment icon Loved reading this, thanks! Amy
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Rodney’s Answer

You listed some preferred characteristics. The next thing you should do is perform a self-assessment for more details around the work you would like to do. For example,
1. Do you prefer to work with people or alone?
2. Do prefer to read and write or write and present?
3. Do you like managing the details or are you a big-picture person?
4. Do you want to work in a cubicle or outside in the forest?
5. What are you good at? Math, Science, English, etc
6. What's your goal? Change the world or make enough to have a family and enough time to spend with them.

Once you have found what your preferences are, then you can find jobs that meet the criteria. You like to work inside and look at data. Then being a firefighter is out and a data analyst can be one of the possible choices.

You love writing, being in and helping nature, helping others, and learning & experiencing new things.

- You could be a Ph.D. Degree Botany & Plant Science. You would be outside, write books and a thesis, and teach students.

Rodney recommends the following next steps:

Use this book or a similar that helps you assess yourself: The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore
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John’s Answer

In my opinion, it is nearly impossible to find the 1 job that is best for you. The reality is there are just too many jobs for everyone to get the perfect job. So instead of trying to find a job, maybe think about the characteristics that you value in a job. Some people do not want to work in an office, some people do. Gaining experience by shadowing professionals is a great method to understand more about the day-to-day and could help you decide what you want to do. Also, any sort of way you can talk to people about their jobs might help you understand and find jobs you're unfamiliar with.
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Michael’s Answer

Be intentional about your decision. Once you find a career you are passionate about, speak up and let your team/leader know what your future goals are. Understand that you might not be in your dream position day one, but by speaking up and staying hungry, you are more likely to transition into a career that makes you feel like you are the right fit and impacting the company and your personal outcome. Enjoy the journey, and keep pushing!
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Linda’s Answer

What do you like to do? What interests you? Do you like helping people? Do you like working by yourself? Do you like solving problems? Do you like working as part of a team?
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