Laurie Pritchard, Ed. S., M.A.T.
Since you're young, you have the advantage of time to explore various options. Here's a plan to help you figure it out:
1. Make a list of potential fields or industries that interest you.
2. Research various careers within those fields to get a better understanding of the required skills and what the jobs entail.
3. Take classes or workshops in unfamiliar subjects to discover new areas that might interest you.
4. Attend career fairs or networking events, and engage with professionals from different fields to hear their personal experiences and advice.
5. Reach out to people who hold positions that pique your interest and see if you can shadow them for a day or interview them about their careers.
By actively exploring various career options, you'll gradually develop a better understanding of your strengths and preferences, and ultimately, find your path to a fulfilling career. Good luck!
Ask your favorite teacher for guidance.
Ask your family friends/relatives what they do and if they like if they were to do allover again.
Identify what subjects you enjoy the most.
I liked Math in high school so I pursued my career (40 years) in the software industry and did very well.
If you still cannot make up your mind - get an associate degree in a community college and ensure that all courses are transferable to the state university.
Some people take a break to identify what they really want to do but remained focus on finishing 4-yr undergraduate.
Most employers expect that you have a college degree unless you want to become a tradesman (plumber, electrician, carpenter, etc.).
Below are my suggestions :
1. Think about your hobbies, favorite subjects, etc. and identify the related careers
2. Explore more on these careers and determine what you have interest
3. Speak to someone who are working in these careers. Seek guidance from your mentor, school counsellor, your parents, etc.
4. Shortlist 1-2 careers you would like to pursue
5. Find out the entry criteria of relevant subjects in the college
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
1. What problems do you want to solve?
Begin by identifying specific problems in your community or personal life that you feel passionate about solving. This could be environmental issues, social problems, or challenges faced by families like yours. Take notes on what moves you to make a change.
2. What energizes you?
Engage in various productive activities or hobbies to discover which ones energize and drive you. Consider volunteering, participating in internships, writing stories, or even building things. Keep track of which experiences bring out your passion and energy.
3. What gets you hooked?
Pay attention to which activities capture your focus and keep you engaged for extended periods. Notice if there are certain tasks, like coding, reading, or painting, where you lose track of time and feel deeply immersed. Jot down these observations as well.
Reflect on your findings and keep exploring. Also, giving yourself a deadline to decide (like an year or so) can help you plan.
Best of luck on your journey to discovering what you want to be!