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How do I find a career that works best for me?

I'm going into grade 11th and my hobbies are drawing, writing, painting, arts and crafts and reading. I'm not that good at organizing or being tidy, I'm also not good at sitting or standing for long periods of time. I can be patient but sometimes not so much, sometimes I can talk your ear off and sometimes I will be quiet, I'm a good listener sometimes but most of all I'm very dedicated to what I need to do without complaining, I will ask questions here and there if I don't understand or if I need you to repeat yourself. I'm also a type one diabetic.

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Grade: 11th ( going into)

Hobbies: drawing, writing, painting, arts and crafts and reading

My flaws: not good at standing or sitting for a long period of time, not good at organizing or being neat

What I'm good at: talking your ear off, being quiet if needed to, good at listening, dedicated to what I need to do without complaining, I will ask questions if I don't understand or if I need you to repeat yourself

Medical: I have type 1 diabetes

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Paul’s Answer

I have a simple formula, when it comes to answering this question.

Find something that you love to do so much, that if you were not paid for it, you would still come every day and do it anyway.

Passion is one element of this, but love is essential. It must have these elements, or in my opinion, you will not stay with your career path.

Once you find a job or career that fits this description, then you are going the right direction.
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Michelle’s Answer

The key words that stand out to me that you've mentioned are: that you aren't able to sit or stand for too long and that you are involved in art, painting. Painting is most of the time a solitary type of work and since you described yourself so clearly, I would suggest going into art, but not just painting. With something like painting, though, you can be self-directing, organize things the way you like in your own space and come and go from it when you feel like it. But you are looking for a career.

Since you are already in school and have proceeded along, I would say to think about a career in art. I would suggest going to college to get a degree and also to try, at least for starters, to get a job at a gallery in your area. You may want to think about Art as a major in college. Than you may want to think about getting certified to teach at whatever level you'd enjoy. In the meantime, you can independently sell your crafts, sketches, paintings. Do not underestimate yourself. Get many opinions as that may prove helpful in your decisions.

Do not forget your writing, either. There are so many ways you can have a career in writing, and that too is self-directing (unless you get a job at a company). I think you would enjoy reading a magazine called The Writer which you can access on line. There's a section about the publishing industry, how to get published and how to promote your work.

My basic advice to you is to work at what you love to do. Your current interests are wonderful and as time goes on, you never know what can happen with those skills. In the future, you may discover additional or different career interests, so be open to that, too. Also be open to increasing your organizational skills. We all need organizational skills on every job and at home, too ! It is a basic skill that will help you everyday in mostly everything you do. There are many books on the subject and you can also ask a friend or relative to help you with some tips. You have to start small with it for the best results and so that you don't become overwhelmed.

I wish you all the best at school and all the plans you may come up with for a career !

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

https://www.writermag.com/ The Writer Magazine
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