How did you know what career path to choose?
I am a sophomore in highschool and have no idea what I want to do in life. All my friends know but I just am not really interested in much. I don't play sports but I do like to paint and I like engineering.
To excel in your chosen field, it's crucial to take the necessary courses related to Engineering. Boost your academic standing by enrolling in AP courses and aim for high scores.
A key to success is identifying what you truly enjoy studying. Keep in mind, nearly all Engineering majors can lead to a starting salary in the six-figure range.
If scholarships don't come your way, consider attending a state university. If your SAT, GPA, and AP subject scores are high, you'll likely have minimal student loan debt.
Remember, the first two years of your curriculum are usually general, providing you ample time to pinpoint your specific area of study within Engineering.
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Let's consider an example. You have a passion for both painting and engineering. Have you ever thought about how you could merge these interests? Could there be an artistic aspect to engineering that you could delve into? Once you begin to explore the diverse facets of engineering, you might find yourself drawn to architectural engineering or another creative specialty within the field. It's also worth considering how advancements in artificial intelligence are reshaping various sectors of engineering and how you could tailor your studies to these evolving trends or at least incorporate flexibility into your skill set.
On the other hand, painting can be more than just a lifelong hobby providing a creative outlet. It can also be a rewarding career. Muralists, for instance, adorn commercial buildings' interiors with a variety of artistic designs. Painters also contribute their skills to the film animation industry. Some painters even specialize in crafting artwork for children's books. My wife, for example, has used her watercolor painting abilities to illustrate her children's books, design greeting cards, and produce custom artwork for friends.
To thrive in career journeys these days, it's crucial to be flexible, adaptable, innovative, and ready to commit to lifelong learning. Stay curious and savor the thrilling ride of your career journey!
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Wishing you all the best and enjoy your sophomore year!