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What should I choose after High school?

I'm entering 11th grade and I need to start exploring career paths but I'm interested in many fields and I'm confused.

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Tara T’s Answer

EXPLORING CAREER OPTIONS

Always make sure to investigate various careers that pique your interest and understand what each role entails. Here are some examples to consider:

If you're eager to help others but can't stand the sight of blood, consider becoming a Counselor, Social Worker, Child or Adult Advocate, or Crisis Support staff member at a non-profit organization.

If you have a deep love for music but lack musical talent, think about becoming a Music Producer, Video Director, Music History Teacher, or Manager.

If you're well-versed in football strategies but can't physically execute them, you might excel as a Sportscaster, Manager, Agent, Coach, or Physical Therapist.

Pursue careers that align with your interests, and don't be afraid to change your mind or switch career paths. Our life experiences shape our interests, and as we grow, so do our career aspirations. Discuss your thoughts with family, friends, and school counselors, as speaking about it can help clarify your goals. I hope this advice encourages you to stay passionate and focused on your career objectives. Remember, no goal is too big – it just requires more determination and focus.
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Jamie’s Answer

Hello Alexandra!

First of all, remember that you're not the only one who's unsure about what to do after high school – there are plenty of options out there. I recommend building a strong connection with your school's guidance counselor or a trusted teacher who knows you well. They can help you discover your passions and strengths, which can guide you towards a suitable path.

If you're considering college after high school, don't worry about knowing exactly what you want to study right away. I often advise high school students to explore a few different subjects they might be interested in by taking classes in those areas. Keep in mind that you'll be spending a lot of time on your chosen subject, so it's crucial to "test the waters" and make sure you enjoy it.

Also, remember that it's perfectly fine if you end up pursuing a different direction after earning a degree. For example, I have a psychology degree with a math minor, but I eventually chose to work in PR and marketing, and later found myself in sales while completing my MBA. Your journey might be different from others, but it will be uniquely yours. Focus on what you enjoy and aim for a career that excites you and drives you to achieve great results.

If you're not planning on attending college, consider volunteering or finding an entry-level job that you can do during the summer or a few days a week while still in high school. This can help you figure out what you enjoy. Research some of the top companies in your area and see if you can start at an entry-level position and work your way up. Not all companies require a college education. Don't hesitate to reach out to your guidance counselor or teachers for help – they're valuable resources.

Wishing you all the best!

Jamie
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JOHN’s Answer

Hello:

One aspect you can do for the next year plus, take time to volunteer, part-time and short-term, to various organizations/establishments. The more your experience finds to know different steps of roads, the more enlightened your mind could find to what you enjoy.

Reading up on various careers. Interviewing people who have gone down the duties that you're tinkering around to be a part of (in-person or on the web). Listen to podcasts. Watching videos online, reading books, etc. can heighten the thoughts on top of the rest.

Also, enjoy your time as well. Some change careers, various times, throughout their lifetimes. So, making sure you do not stress overly about the horizons coming up. Always seed your footprints with enjoyment and never forget that helps reduce burnout.

And if all else fails, take some time to work while figuring things out for another year+ after high school. College will be there afterwards; potentially you find something during that year that helps navigate you forward.

Thankful for your pathways.

God Bless,

John German
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Daniel’s Answer

Hi Alexandra!

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:

1. Operations
2. Finance
3. Sales
4. Marketing
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.

Good luck on the journey and know that you are not alone!
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