Get a temporary job or even an unpaid volunteer opportunity in a field you're interested in to find out if it really is something you'd like to pursue. If yes, may be consider taking a formal course or two and if it still holds your interest then you can enroll in a program to pursue further. Ask questions on forums like LinkedIn to professionals in the area to share their experience of what attracted them to the field.
Don't be disheartened if your first or second choice doesn't turn out to be something you want to follow. The average person changes careers four times in their life, so keep at it till you find something that you enjoy and makes what you're doing fun and not "work".
First things first - that's ok! Most people do not know what they want to do the rest of their lives and it can be stressful to think about. I felt the same way a couple of years ago right before I graduated high school. My suggestion is to go to a community college to obtain your basics. This will help you have time to try some different jobs in completely different fields. Also, by going to a community college you will be saving money and giving yourself more time to decide on a career/job while making progress on your degree. Don't let people put pressure on you that you have to decide now on the rest of your work life. I had a teacher in high school tell me that I would be a failure if I did not know what degree/career I wanted by the time I graduated high school. Well, I did not by graduation but decided a year later on what I wanted to do and absolutely love it (operations)
I really think business is a great field to go into since it keeps your options wide open. That way you are not committing to one specific field and find out later that you hate it. Some fields in business include:
5. Human Resources
I decided to go into Business Operations since operations touches almost every facet of the organization. I enjoy the different challenges and operations also gives me the flexibility to try new things. Another great aspect about operations is they usually support the other divisions of an organization. Since, there are many divisions of an company if you do not enjoy one area its not a big deal since you can support other areas of the business.
Many larger companies will start you in a rotational analyst program. By doing this you will get to see usually 2-4 different sections of the business. Companies offer this to not only help you hone in on your career path but many companies have realized that if there employees actually enjoy their job they will get better overall performance.
Lastly, I know its hard but do your best not to stress out. Life is to short to waste time stressing out. I suggest reading the book below. Good luck on the journey!
Daniel recommends the following next steps:
But the good news is you can change. I have had four careers in my life - retail manager, teacher, airline agent, and now I.T. Further, my bachelors degree is in none of those fields - it's in theatre. Many people change careers several times in their life.
You can also go to college and take lots of "intro to XYZ" classes, to see what you like. You may end up picking a major and doing that forever, or you may (like me) graduate with a degree in a field that you never directly use, but that doesn't mean it's not worthwhile.
If you don't want to commit to a college four year program, take some classes at a community college. Many will transfer if you do decide later to attend a 4-year program, and they are often much cheaper. You want to try out many different things, and see which feels right to you. Nobody can tell you what is right for you - it's something you have to figure out for yourself.
Below are my suggestions :
1. Think about what your hobbies, your favorite subjects, etc. and identify the related careers
E.g. If you are interested in Maths, would you like to be an accountant, banker, engineer, financial analyst, maths teacher, etc.
If you are interested in Music, would you like to be an musician, singer, music producer, music composer, music teacher, etc.
2. Find out more on these careers and identify what you have interest
3. Speak to someone who are working in these careers. Seek guidance from your mentor, school career counsellor, your parents, etc.
4. Shortlist 1-2 career to pursue
5. Explore the entry criteria of relevant subjects in the colleges
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
For a start, listing down a few potential areas that interest you. Talking to people with experience in those industries will give you a good idea on what entails for that career. Learning other people's journey on how they get to where they are today really helps me when I was deciding my career. This eventually leads me to banking industry for my first career.
Finding the right career is a lifelong journey. Sometimes, you will only realize whether it is a good fit when you are in the industry itself. Don't be afraid to switch career if the current job isn't the right fit! As long as you have the willingness to learn and interest in your role, it's never too late to start a new journey! :)
Do not ask others what you should do - you already know what you want to do but have not discovered your skills/talents.
1) Do you enjoy Math? Try Finance, Accounting or Software.
2) You have a people skills? Try BS in Marketing.
3) Do you like to help people? Try Nursing.
4) Are you hands on person or like to fix things? Try Mechanical or Electrical Engineering.
5) Do you enjoy Chemistry? Try pursuing field in Pharmaceutical or Medicine.
6) Are you good at History or English? Try pursuing Education major.
It's perfectly okay to not be sure of what career path you want, especially at a young age. Instead of focusing on a specific career, trying thinking more about what types of settings and environments you work best in. Working with people or independently? Indoors or outdoors? Structured or flexible work schedule? Fast paced or slow paced? What salary would you be comfortable making in a year? Do you want options to get promoted and ladder climb or are you interested in a stable, consistent position?
If you ask yourself these questions, it can open the doors to many job options that you previously hadn't considered.