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How to know what I wanna do?

How can I come up with a conclusion on what I want to do when there is a lot of things I am interested in?

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Constant’s Answer

List your passions, hobbies, things that you like... Then do some research and find if some jobs exist in the area that you like.
List what makes you happy, nobody wants to be stuck in a job that you don't like - would you be willing to do it for free?
If it is difficult for you to list the things that you like, then a trick is to first list the things that you don't like and do a second list with the opposite, this should be the list of things that you like.
Talk to people around you, why they chose their jobs, what makes them tick, are they happy?
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Vince’s Answer

This is a great question, and something everyone asks as they continue schooling and consider what job they want to do. It's important to not over-stress about not knowing now, you have plenty of time to figure it out.

Of course, there is a LOT to consider, like:
What is important to you? What are you passionate about? What do you enjoy? Do you like working with people? How valuable is flexibility (office/remote)? Where do you prefer to work (office or something else)? What areas interests you and what are your strengths and personality/style?

Example: if you're more introverted and interested in technology, some options would be working in IT which might align more with your interests and personality style, rather than working in Marketing which may be more aligned to extroverts

As you go through school, try to take up one new elective or new subject each term to learn more about different disciplines. Do you best to explore internships or summer jobs that interest you. All the while, don't worry too much (compare) about what other people are doing -- everyone is different and be true to yourself! Best to continue to Ask Questions to your network (parents, family, friends, neighbors) to learn different perspectives -- what can you relate to?

Finally, don't be afraid to make mistakes! Keep an open mind: You may be pleasantly surprised with things you thought you might not enjoy.
View your career as a journey, just get started (things can change and you will adjust along the way). Best of luck to you!

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Daniel’s Answer

Hi Isaiah,

That's a really good question and I'm sure that most of us have asked that to ourselves at some point. We'll try to give a few ideas of what you can do to find things that you love and might lead you to answer your question:
- Shortlist your interests and passions.
- Googling through the community events in the area. Try to meet new people (network a bit), ask question about what they do and see how you feel in those events.
- Following the shortlist, you could try to get a job (paid or not) on one of your interests or passions.
- Consider doing a gap year, it is fine if you don't know what you want to do right after finishing college.
- Ask your friends/teachers/family for advice, like what would they see you do, discuss your interests with them, etc.

Hopefully these steps will help you!

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Janet’s Answer

A lot of students have a wide variety of interests, no one says you have to choose to be or do only one thing. I recommend finding work in the areas that you might be interested in to see if you like it as work or not. This could help you narrow down your selection for work or if you are to further your education. One thing usually leads into another and then another, that is how you find out what you want to do! I did not know what I was interested in until I got a job working at a local surf shop right out of high school. This opened my eyes to the idea that I loved working in fashion and action sports. I went to a local community college for 2 years and then to a university to study fashion. That one job really opened my eyes to what I was most interested in and lead to a career in fashion/footwear. Good luck.
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Vamshee’s Answer

One has to ask these questions while choosing the career.
Successful career is all about job Growth, Opportunities, Salary, Satisfaction.
For each of your interest, compare them how each one stands in relation to growth, opportunities, Salary and Satisfaction
My son was interested in photography when he was in his high school, I told him that he can pursue it as a hobby or second job but working in STEM would bring in more opportunities, better paying jobs with long career.I had asked him to talk to professional in different careers to get some idea and see what interests him most.
He found his interest in Graphics Information Technology and pursuing his undergrad right now.
Talk to someone who works in particular profession to know pros and cons, so you get an idea about it and helps you compare and guide you in deciding which career to choose.
Also, it's easy to switch careers in initial few years of a Carrer, so you can try out one and see what it brings.

You can choose a career/profession which make you happy and pays you well ...so you can get best of both.
Money is important in initial part of career for sure as it helps you pay off your college/debts and gives financial independence to be on your own ..start a family or own a car n House... In the later part of career happiness matters..
some will pursue the hobbies/interests after hours or in weekends to balance work/Money/Happiness.

You can also click the following links for information and guidance.

https://blog.collegeboard.org/the-ultimate-guide-to-choosing-a-major

me3 from ASU helps you explore careers that are aligned to your interests. It also compares career outlooks and average salaries, and charts academic pathways.

https://me3.careers/asu/landing?reg_source=EOSS_HS
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James’s Answer

I think a lot of these answers are great! The best way to understand what you want to do is to expose yourself to new classes, jobs, and electives constantly.

Also it's important to ask adults and other people in your life what they do, how they like it, and what led them to that career. This should give you valuable insights behind what drove people to pursue the careers they did and help you understand if that would be appealing to you.
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Truc’s Answer

Finding something you're passionate about is definitely a journey! In this journey, you'll find yourself along the way as well. Try, fail, and try again. Repeat. Maybe you pick this job today and there's only 1 thing you like about it, remember it! What part of it that you like can be very helpful in your next job. If you like organization, maybe being an Office Manager can be very fun. And then if you like the part of organizing events in the Office Manager job, maybe consider becoming an Events Specialist / Marketing Events/Corporate Events. One step at a time, and I hope some day you find a job that ticks the majority of the boxes you have!
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Tracy’s Answer

One of the biggest thing to remember is that you are allowed to do and accomplish whatever you put your mind to so do not feel like you have to just pick one thing to do. I think you should figure out all of your interests, do the research, and find a way to immerse yourself in it. Allowing yourself to experience the different things you want to do can really reveal if it is something you want to do long term. There may be so many things that you are interested in, but when you are truly passionate about something, it is a different level of interest.
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Diane’s Answer

This question was answered as a group:
- Try not fence yourself in on one career path, your journey will shape your path along the way
- Have a growth mindset, meaning being vulnerable, consume and internalize other life perspectives, listen more than you speak to really learn from others
- Talk to all the adults in your life, ask them questions about what they do, they're day to day in the life of their career. If there's something you find interesting, look into those skills
- Seek mentors to see if it could be the right career path for you. Shadow mentors in areas of interest
- Join a lot of groups, things you are interested in, put yourself out there and be vulnerable will really help you narrow down your path
- Professional Groups in Facebook are helpful, LinkedIn Learning
- Being vulnerable is so important to understand and take other people's perspectives and internalize them
- Be observant to your natural abilities and be cognsant of your skills and try to align those with your interests to see what may be a good fit
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