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What are some ways to figure out what to be in the future?

I have taken many different quizzes through both school and just on my own but none of them have helped. I've also come up with different career paths for myself but each one is very different from the other with one of the only commonalities with each one being that I want to do it slightly less each time I research it. Any tips or stories on how you chose your job would be helpful.

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Christen’s Answer

Have an open mind, and try everything - twice! Sometimes the first time around is a bad example, and you can't judge something by a bad example. But if you try something twice and it isn't great, then it is probably not a fit. If you keep an open mind, you'll find out so much about yourself. Good luck!
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Daniel’s Answer

Hi Kaia!

First things first - that's ok that you don't know what to do. 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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ALi’s Answer

Great job on asking this question, Kaia! You're definitely a bright individual. Discovering the career you want for your future can be both enjoyable and challenging for a variety of reasons. First, it's enjoyable because you get to do what you love and love what you do. For instance, I grew up with easy access to computers, which led me to fall in love with computer science. I always admired Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and others in the computer/technology field.

On the other hand, finding your desired future career can be challenging since there are countless career options available today, and some that don't even exist yet.

A good approach is to explore topics that interest you, connect with communities, and learn from people who have already pursued the career you're considering. For example, at IBM, I'm currently shadowing someone in the role I'd like to have next. This gives me a real-life taste of the job and helps me confirm it's what I want.

In summary, identify your career interests, connect with people who have experience in those roles, and engage with them to help make your decision. When you love what you do at work, it feels like you're always on vacation! ;)
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