Marjorie A.’s Answer
Your query brings back memories of decades ago when I also had concerns about my career choice. As a third generation college student, my grandparents and parents were college grads; and, I didn't want to pursue their career, which was teaching/education. So I was basically searching for anything else. You also have to remember that resources were limited to encyclopedias or personally knowing someone in the field. Our career options did not include Internet search engines and the numerous career programs that exist today. My first career, dental hygiene, was discovered in a Junior Scholastic magazine. I was so desperate, as a high school freshman, I cut and put all the careers in a jar. I decided the first one I pulled would be my choice. How scientific is that??!! Anyway, since I was still interested in dental hygiene as a junior, my parents arranged for me to have a summer experience assisting in my dentist's office. I did it for two summers before entering college. I worked as a clinical and public health dental hygienist for approximately ten years before changing careers. After dental hygiene, I earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in mental health counseling. I didn't work in mental health counseling, specifically, but I was a high school counselor for thirty years.
There's nothing wrong with being uncertain about your career choice as a high school student. You're still in the exploration stage of career development. I shared my story with you, as I did with my school counselees, to help students recognize that even adults change their career path. Reasons can be voluntary, as was mine, or involuntary, as with lagging skills, lay-offs, technology, or loss of interest. Labeling it "flip-flopping" is being too hard on yourself. I would prefer to describe it as being very curious, insightful, ambitious, eager, and hopeful about your future and its possibilities.
You have many favorable characteristics can that channel and connect with various occupations. Some are independent and others overlap, which is positive for you. I would suggest that you check with your high school counselor or career center (if available) and inquire about taking an #interest inventory. There are two programs incorporated in the #naviance/Family Connection platform available at almost every high school in the U.S. One has a long questionnaire, but not unreasonable, and the other is shorter. They all relate to the career theorist, #john Holland, who said people select careers that relate to their personality and environment. His six #riasec codes describe the personality types.
Naviance career platforms also have videos, so you can view employees engaged in their job and get information about educational and employment requirements.
Another resource I recommend to students is the #occupational Outlook Handbook. Your school may have the books, but you can also access the website. It provides excellent information regarding high school and college preparation, salary, and stability.
Best wishes in your educational and career goals, Victoria. Take a deep breath/inhale and exhale; you'll be fine. When you get to college, you will declare a major by sophomore year, at the latest, and pursue the requirements necessary for the degree. If you need to change, voluntarily or involuntarily, you'll work it out AND you won't be the first college student to do so. Colleges and universities also have career centers on campus that offer career and personality inventories and related assistance.
Here are some links to assist with your interest:
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/ (Occupational Outlook Handbook)