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What is the best advice for finding a career after high school?

Many high school students are nervous about the big step in life after they graduate. It is a big change for everyone and it is also very complex and confusing.

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Martha’s Answer

Hi Keegan. I can understand it feeling overwhelming to you to make a decision now that would affect the rest of your life. But I want to make two points:
1) If you are going to college after high school, you don't have to decide now. As Atul mentioned, you can use the first two years of college to take different types of courses, learn about different fields, and refine your interests. Part of that could be using the career center at college, contacting alumni in your field, and serving in internships. If you are taking a gap year after high school, you could use that time to explore the work world and determine what kind of work environment you like. So, by the time you actually decide about your career, you will know much more than you do today.
2) Whatever career you choose will likely change over your lifetime and that is good. I mean this in several ways. First, the career itself will change because of market conditions, technology, etc. Second, you may choose specializations and seek different types of roles as your career progresses. For example, I am in corporate training now, but I have been in policy analysis, internal communications, community relations, and sales support. Yes, some people pursue one career for their whole lives, such as an internist, and that's good, too. But you don't have to do that.
Good luck!
Thank you comment icon I will use this advice as I prepare for my career. Keegan
Thank you comment icon You're welcome! Martha Kramer
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Atul’s Answer

The answer you seek is within you, but you haven't found it yet. Consider what subjects you enjoy, such as English, Math, Science, History, or something else. For example, I excelled in Math and chose to study Computer Software, which led me to enjoy every moment and achieve the American Dream.

If you have a passion for English, consider becoming a journalist, lawyer, or technical writer. If Science is your interest, think about pursuing Engineering. Many schools offer guidance counselors who can help you make decisions based on quizzes, Q&A sessions, or your GPA and the subjects you challenge yourself in.

Keep in mind that the first two years of college or university usually involve a common curriculum, while the last two years focus on your chosen major. Whatever path you choose, ensure it's in a field with good job prospects so you won't struggle to find employment.
Thank you comment icon I appreciate this, thank you for the advice. Keegan
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Mr. b’s Answer

Get involved with a passionate dedication that speaks towards your future. Focus be patient and DO NOT STRESS!
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PwC’s Answer

Keep an open mind. You have so many years to still decide and no decision you make is permanent. There is always time to revise your career whenever you feel inclined.
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PwC’s Answer

Take a chance on yourself and your capabilities! Don't forget you are capable of anything and everything you put your mind to! Make a plan and see it through!
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PwC’s Answer

Remember to keep your eyes open for new and different opportunities - you never know what or who will open up a new experience for you!
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I had no idea what I wanted to do and I still don't. Don't close any doors & try everything. The worst thing that could happen is you find out you don't like it. There is plenty of time to change paths.
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PwC’s Answer

It’s okay to not know who/what you want to be. Stick true to yourself and don’t let anyone influence your future decisions. Everyone is different. There isn’t a “correct” path. Do what you want to do and trust everything will work out. TRUST.
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PwC’s Answer

Keep an open mind! Have some direction of what you want to do, but know that you're never stuck doing just one thing!
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Give it your all and strive for success!
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