So, my advice, figure out what you love, and try to find those components in a career that enables you to take care of your needs and wants.
My parents decided engineering field. I cleared the Junior Engineering test after high school at my parent's request and got into three years of the electronics and communication program. Right after the course, I was asked to get a job, but then it was my wish to do an undergrad.. and since then, I have never looked back. I got into job after undergrad and while doing my job, I was inclined towards management studies... and then I got into MBA..
So when you are unsure, ask your teachers, mentor(if you don't have one, find one), and peers.. what are you good at ... maybe that will help you to find what works best..and then try it out.. :-)
They all (yes even lawn care) added to my understanding of what I liked, hated, and enjoyed. I made sure I could pay my way, but also looked forward to life's doors opening and trusting myself to improve myself. All led me to a better me and found a place where I can change people's lives. That has been the center of my life
A beloved Aunt of mine used to take me to the movies a lot and I used to love television as a child. One day at the movies, even though I was about 5 or 6, I thought what I saw on that screen was what I was supposed to do. Telling a story through a character. Although I carried this throughtout my childhood, it wasn't until I was 18 that I had the opportunity to know my dream could be real.
I began being interested in social service work, helping people, when I was about 13 but didn't do anything about it. When I was 16, however, I volunteered as a peer counselor at a local Counseling Center in my small town. It proved to be effective for the clients as well as satisfying for me. I like to talk, so I was suited for this very verbal line of work.
As time went on, during and after college, I spent my time in theatre and acting. I transitioned to social services after about 12 or 13 years and spent 27 years in that field. Now I am back into acting. The cool thing is, both of those careers are age friendly and you can keep doing them as long as you can go ! It could never stop.
A lot of people do not get the idea about what they want to do until they are older. Many people are interested in more than one thing and find a way to incorporate their interests at the same time or at different periods of their life. Once a person grasps what they love, they need the environment that encourages them, lots of support and positive reinforcement.
No matter what you choose, you are needed there and you will be an important part of the community, the people and you will find satisfaction. Follow your dream and learn how to see discouragement as a challenge and lessons to be learned.
I feel so strongly about your career should not be determined by money, parents, or anything else other than a passion for what you do. I do understand most of the time just working and making money now to pay bills is more important. However, while you're working you can still be concentrating on your passions and career role.
Most people work at least 40 hours a week and spend so much time at work, so work should be a place that makes you happy and something you're passionate about. Working a career role that means something to you will affect not only your health but your entire well-being in life. Take some time to meditate on what makes you happy and excites you while making a difference in your community.
I always suggest not settling on just a job that you don't look forward to every day.
Hope this helps