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How do I know what I want to be or what I want to study in the future?

I don't have much knowledge how to find out what I want do to.
I am in 11 Grade

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Atul’s Answer

Talk to the guidance counselor of your school.
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.).
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Laurie’s Answer

Hi, Douglas! It's important to discover your passion, and there are some practical steps you can take to help you find your ideal career. Start by identifying your interests: do you enjoy working with people? Consider fields like sales, healthcare, or education. If technology is your thing, explore engineering, IT, or coding. For hands-on work, look into construction, carpentry, or mechanics.

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!
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Celeste’s Answer

There is still time to do a little soul-searching about what it is that you are passionate about, or maybe you possess some skills that kind of give you a path you want to pursue. Not all careers are academically college-oriented career, but it will give you a foundation to see what your interests may be while in college. Sometimes it may be finding a mentor or job you want to try out in a business you are interested in, asking a business owner if you can learn by being a shadow of a current employee, or asking a manager what he or she is looking for in a potential employee, and asking what are the skills or education needed to succeed in a role. I knew that I liked working with like-minded people and helping people, which guided me to start out in retail. My typing, people skills, and writing skills led me to a more focused customer-service career. Eventually, it guided me to a more corporate company that gives its employees a lot of opportunities for education and upward mobility.
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Newton’s Answer

Exploring your interests, passions, and skills is a great way to discover what you want to be or study in the future. Start by researching different fields and industries that align with your interests, and try taking courses or internships to gain practical experience. Networking with professionals and seeking guidance from mentors can also provide valuable insights. Remember, it's okay to change your mind and pivot your career path as you continue to learn and grow.
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Srikanth’s Answer

I would just like to share a few questions that can help you guide on the process of figuring out what you want to be.

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!
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Leah’s Answer

First of all you need to think what brings you joy? Do you like building things or helping others? Do you enjoy going to school? Some people trade schools are the answer. I always knew I loved helping others. I had to pay for own college. I went to a two year program and became a respiratory therapist. I had to devote those years to college.
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Joonho’s Answer

Well, you are young and don't need to know what you want to do in your life and what you are really interested in. Of course, some people found their life-long interest in their young age and made their career, but that is rare and that is not necessarily desirable. We can find our real interest and talent through trial-and-error. In my case, I was studying the area that I am not really interested in and got master's degree, but later I've found that this area was not my area at all and started to study new area, but I don't think the many years I spend to study the area that was not mine is not an waste at all. It was a great learning experience. So even though you spent years in the area you are not interested, that is not a failure, but a kind of process to a real success. So do not afraid to try things that you are not sure that it's the right area for you. Don't spend too much time trying to find the right area for you, which would be a real waste of time. Do something and do other things and you can find your area.
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. Many students may have similar question. The most important is to find out what careers you have interest,
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!
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