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What is the easiest way to start looking for a career? I’ve been trying to look and can’t quite figure out what matches exactly.

Ways/tactics to find the perfect career for me!

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Alisa’s Answer

You can start by looking at job websites where you can search for certain job titles or even keywords. In the job postings, you can see what the responsibilities for that role are, the required schooling/experience, and the estimated salary, etc. You can learn about different job titles you may not have known before that you can then explore. If you're planning to attend college, you can look at department-specific webpages that will provide more information about the degrees/programs offered and their requirements. You may be able to get in contact with someone at the school who can also let you know if there are any groups or events that could provide you with more information. Attending job fairs is another good way to get more information about companies, industries, jobs, etc.
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Sherry’s Answer

I'm curious to know what you're trying to "match" with. If it's your major, it's a great idea to connect with alumni and see what they're up to now. You can find out if their career paths interest you. If it's about matching personalities, you can also follow the same approach and see what people with similar traits are doing. Lastly, if it's about matching your interests, you can research related jobs and see if they appeal to you. Discovering the perfect career can take time, and your interests might change. Just stay open-minded and keep exploring new possibilities.
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neysa’s Answer

Just like you, I was once puzzled and unsure about selecting a career path. The most effective way to begin is by assessing your abilities and pinpointing your interests. Ask yourself if a particular profession, such as being a lawyer, is something you'd be eager to pursue every day. For me, the answer was a resounding "yes." I enjoy analytical thinking, reading, writing, and public speaking. I also appreciate being in the spotlight and receiving attention.

Remember that within each profession, there are various opportunities tailored to suit different personality types. For instance, if public speaking isn't your forte, you can opt for corporate law, a general counsel position, or government roles outside the Department of Justice, where litigation is the focus. Stay encouraged and explore the possibilities that align with your skills and passions.

neysa recommends the following next steps:

Find a mentor or acquaintenace who is engaged in the occupations that interest you. For example, you can go to a courthouse and watch the attorneys. Can you see yourself there? doing that?
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Camtu’s Answer

Hey Lily! I suggest checking out internships in areas you're curious about to discover if they're a good fit and could lead to a rewarding career. Don't be afraid to explore new things – you might be pleasantly surprised and find yourself heading in an unexpected direction. Connecting with people from various fields could be really helpful too.

Wishing you the best of luck!

Take care,
Camtu
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Jodeen’s Answer

Hi Lily,
Great question. Choosing the right career is definitely important since you plan to do it for the rest of your life. I think a great place to start would be thinking of your classes in school and which ones you enjoy the most, and what you enjoy about those. I once had no idea what my career should be and my starting point was thinking of the classes that I definitely did not see myself pursuing as a career and the ones I enjoyed. After considering this, it was easy or me to rule out sciences and medicine and lean towards accounting.

In addition to classes, you may enjoy or have an interest in exploring deeper, think about your personality and what you would prefer to do every day at work, would you prefer to work with a lot of people, help a lot of people, work alone, etc. Other resources could include taking quizzes that match you to different jobs base on your personality or talking to a career counselor. Once you find something that may interest you reach out to people and ask about their jobs or find a mentor. I wish you all the best!
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