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How do you know what to do?

How does someone know what they want to do or what they want to be after high school? The only thing that I have a somewhat decent grasp of is math, but other than that how do I find what's best for me?

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Kelvin’s Answer

Hey there, Frank! It's completely natural for high school students like you to feel a bit uncertain about the future and your career path. Remember, the first step to finding your way is to explore all the possibilities out there. The internet is a vast resource for information on different majors and the job opportunities they can lead to. Given your interest on math, you might find majors like mathematical studies, statistics, actuary, or accountancy intriguing. If you're drawn towards STEM subjects, engineering or applied physics could also be great options for you.

There's no need to panic about the unknowns of your future path. The more you research about it, the clearer your ideal route will become. Online career quizzes can be helpful tools, providing insights into which field might captivate you. Take some time to reflect on what you love, what you're good at, and where you might need a little improvement. Consider the subjects you love and the skills you shine in. Your passion can be a powerful guide in decidingyour future course.

And remember, it's okay not to have all the answers right away. Try reaching out to professionals in the fields you're considering and see how their work aligns with your interests and values. You're on the right track, Frank. Best of luck on your journey!
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David’s Answer

Hey Frank!
I think all of the advice that's been given to you so far is really good, and maybe my perspective can add on a little too.

Not sure if you're into card games, but I think that's a good analogy for you to consider. Right now for you, the cards are still being dealt out, and you're starting to see what is in your hand. The game playing hasn't actually started yet.

In a card game at this stage, you're trying to figure out how you're going to play because the conditions are still developing. You don't have your final hand yet, and you can't tell yet what the other players at the table are going to do either.

That's where you are in real life too. You're still growing - your skills, your interests, your network, and your understanding of what you want out of the future. The world around you is changing too, industries that were on fire a few years ago are cooling off, things that were impossible in the world of business aren't anymore, careers that made a lot of sense in the past don't anymore. The global picture is going through incredible changes that we won't be fully realizing for 4 or 5 years. So finding yourself in a situation where you don't know what the best path forward for you actually makes a lot of sense.

In this situation, and looking at things at a high level, what you should do is actually pretty simple.
- Pay attention to what's going on in the world. Every minute you spend trying to piece together what is happening and what it might mean as a result will only help you in the long run. In my card game analogy it means understanding what the rules of the game are and watching how the other players bid and set themselves up. If you don't do that, it's really hard to do well playing cards.
- Invest in yourself in ways that give you flexibility. Your interest in math actually helps you here a lot. It's the college degree I recommend when folks have no idea what they ultimately want to be. Want to be a doctor? Study math. Want to be an FBI agent? Study math. Data Scientist? Math. Banker? Math. Politician? Math (Lord knows that most of the ones we have don't have a clue about math)

I also tell every young person that isn't sure about their future to not ignore the trades. The entry pay is outstanding, it's impossible to outsource generally speaking, there's a huge need, and it's also the quickest path I know of to owning a business (which in turn is also the quickest path to wealth and financial freedom).

You've got time, pay attention, invest in yourself and let the game develop. You'll be ready.

Good luck!
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Esra’s Answer

It's important to pursue what you genuinely enjoy and are passionate about. Starting a journey with something you're truly interested in can be a great joy. Remember, there's always room to reassess and adjust your career path as you go along. By participating in various internship programs, you'll gain a clearer understanding of what you truly love and want to do after school. These internships provide a valuable opportunity to fully explore what you like and dislike. It's always a good time to explore your options, so embrace these opportunities with open arms.
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Sascha’s Answer

Please think about the following:
Don't necessarily focus on math, also be open to trying various other topics & classes
If you want to focus on math, which type of math & job could be good for you? e.g. statistics (insurance), cyber/encryption, engineering, architecture,...
What are hobbies, can you make your passion your career?
Volunteer for job shadowing for roles you are really interested in to see what the actual job is all about. If there is no obvious choice just look for opportunities and decide on the spot if you want to try it.
Does your school offer abtitude tests?
What does your family or friends tell you about your skills and capabilities?
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Timothy’s Answer

The advice given previously is very good. I would add that in today’s world there is no shame in changing careers as you mature and your interests change. I believe i have read that people have about 8 careers in their life time. As was stated earlier follow your passions and persue it with all you have. Life is not all about money but enjoyment. Enjoy what you do and when you get to the place that it is not a joy evaluate what brings you joy and make a change if needed. Follow your dreams and live life to the fullest.
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