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How do I start my career ?

I've been wanting to start many things throughout my life such as music, fashion, makeup artist, YouTuber, social media marketing, and more. But I don't know how to do it?

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Karen’s Answer

It's great that you have many interests! And you have a whole lifetime to try various careers and hobbies. You don't have to limit yourself to one but you might start by trying to learn as much as you can about those things that interest you. Would also suggest that you look for opportunities where you can volunteer for a nonprofit organization to gain some experience in some of those areas. Then you can start to plan what areas you want to focus on in the near future. Keep in mind that some things can just be fun to do and others could be careers. You should have many options with such varied interests.

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Nicolas’s Answer

First you are going to need to read about every part of these industries online simply by searching the topic. After you have read about these interesting industries you would need to go back through the information (bookmarks) and pick the parts that you want to use. For example, in your social media (youtube) maybe there's a tip about how to upload an effective video. You would then go to your phone and create a video by using this tip. You would want to create as much "content" as possible by implementing these tips before you post or upload anything. Maybe you use three tips in one video! The point is you would go back through your videos that are saved in Google Drive and pick the best ones to share. Maybe you upload effects, and captions, but be sure about what topics you're fascinated about and speak on them. Be genuine to the audience and use specific days and times when you're most likely to be seen. And communicate/react with your audience in a friendly and non threatening way only after you have seen the maximum potential of the post.

Nicolas recommends the following next steps:

Research topics that fascinate you
Create videos and keep them in Google Drive
Pick which videos you think are most entertaining
Upload on specific days and at specific times and wait
Communicate/react with the audience after maximum viewing potential has been reached
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Vilash’s Answer

I would first meet with an academic counselor to figure out a major that would fit what your interests are. I didn’t do that and wasted my GPA and detailed my path to medicine which I eventually figured out on my own. You should always seek guidance from a school counselor. I am developing a holistic psychiatric, therapy, alternative mental health practice called onelifepsychiatry.com

Life is a journey just take it one step at a time.
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Mykel’s Answer

Someone here mentioned working with non profits and you can certainly start you journey there. Look for those whose mission aligns with your interests and inquire about any available internships. My own experience with non-profits in my community was truly enlightening, helping me understand my own goals and preferences. Remember, it's all about experimenting and discovering what you're truly passionate about. I hope this guidance is beneficial for you. Enjoy your journey of exploration!
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Katherine’s Answer

Something like this workbook might be helpful:

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/bc/content/ldsorg/topics/self-reliance/education-for-better-work-na-eng.pdf?lang=eng&download=true

Or this one:

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/bc/content/ldsorg/topics/self-reliance/find-a-better-job-na-eng.pdf?lang=eng

You can also look at books like What Color Is Your Parachute?, From Paycheck to Purpose, The Proximity Principle, or The Unspoken Rules, to get ideas for other things to keep in mind.
Thank you comment icon This looks like a helpful resource, but I want to add an admin disclaimer: this resource contains a fair amount of religious content in addition to business info. Depending on your preferences, this may or may not be suitable for you Gurpreet Lally, Admin
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Yvonne’s Answer

Starting a career in any of these fields can be exciting, but it requires careful planning and dedication. Here are some steps to help you get started:

1. Self-Assessment: Begin by assessing your strengths, interests, and passions. Identify which of these fields aligns most with your skills and what you're most passionate about.

2. Research and Education: Depending on your chosen career path, consider pursuing relevant education or training. This could involve taking courses, attending workshops, or even enrolling in formal programs.

3. Set Clear Goals: Define your career goals. What do you want to achieve in the short-term and long-term in your chosen field? Having clear objectives will guide your efforts.

4. Build Skills: Acquire the necessary skills and knowledge. Practice regularly, whether it's creating music, developing makeup techniques, or mastering social media marketing.

5. Create a Portfolio: Develop a portfolio or a body of work that showcases your talents and skills. This is essential for many creative fields, such as music, fashion, makeup, and content creation.

6. Networking: Start building a network within your chosen industry. Attend events, conferences, or online forums where you can connect with professionals and peers.

7. Online Presence: If applicable, establish a strong online presence. Create a website or social media profiles to showcase your work and engage with your target audience.

8. Gain Experience: Seek internships, part-time jobs, or freelance opportunities to gain practical experience and build your resume.

9. Brand Yourself: Develop a personal brand that reflects your unique style and personality. This is particularly important for careers like makeup artistry, fashion, and social media marketing.

10. Take Risks: Be willing to take calculated risks. Pursuing a creative career often involves stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things.

11. Stay Informed: Keep up-to-date with industry trends and changes. Continuous learning is crucial in creative fields where trends evolve rapidly.

12. Persistence: Understand that success in creative fields may not come overnight. Be patient and persistent in your efforts.

13. Seek Mentorship: If possible, find a mentor who can offer guidance and advice based on their experience in your chosen field.

Remember that it's okay to explore multiple interests, but it's essential to focus your efforts on one or a few areas at a time to make meaningful progress. As you gain experience and build your career in one field, you can always explore other interests in the future. Success often comes to those who are dedicated, passionate, and willing to put in the effort to achieve their goals.
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Caitlin’s Answer

It's awesome that you have so many interests to jump from. To find a place to start your career - dive in! Do an internship or part time work and see if you find the work interesting.
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Erin’s Answer

Great question Alfonso! One thing I've realized throughout my career is that there are SO many more jobs out there than you have heard of. While it's great to follow your interests to find internships and jobs, there is also a lot of value in starting where you are and with the opportunities in front of you - even if they don't seem like a fit. Sometimes when we get so focused on the exact job we think we want, we may miss out on discovering other things that we are good and at enjoy.

For me, some of the best advice I got was "Just get a job. Not the perfect job. Just a job." In other words - just start! In particular if you can find a role in a company or industry where you get to learn from others and see a wide range of professionals at work, it can spark new ideas for you and open up awesome new opportunities.

So, my advice to you is: just start!
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