It's fantastic that you're adopting a long-term perspective! If you're leaning towards a career that requires the conventional path of enrolling in a 4-year university, remember that you'll have at least a year before you dive into your specialized courses. I'd suggest exploring fields that offer a wide array of career progression and opportunities. Maintaining an open mind is crucial too. There could be emerging fields that aren't yet mainstream, which might present opportunities over time for you to pivot into. For instance, during my university days, Digital Marketing was non-existent. However, having a background in it allowed me to apply the principles I learned from my Marketing degree, effectively transitioning into Digital Marketing years after graduating.
If, after learning, studying, and earning a degree, you find that your chosen field doesn't resonate with you, that's perfectly fine. At the very least, you'll have a solid foundation that will help you in transitioning into a new field. I began my journey in Marketing and noticed the industry becoming highly competitive. I also realized the significant role data plays in Marketing, and over the past decade, I transitioned to Data Analysis. The principles I learned from my Marketing degree still help me understand business strategies and interpret data. This transition simply enhanced my skill set, making me more versatile. View learning and transitioning as opportunities, and you'll never encounter failure. Wishing you all the best on your journey.
One way to see if a career path is right for you is to talk to someone who is already in the field, or gain experience in the field if possible. All professionals were students once, and most are more than happy to talk to you about their day-to-day and any other questions you may have about their career field! You can connect with professionals using LinkedIn. You can also see if there are any volunteer or internship programs for that industry in your local community. For example, I was able to participate in a program in my local community called "teen court" when I was in High School. It helped me gain a bit more familiarity with the work of attorneys.
I would also recommend researching the annual income of each career path you are interested in, as this could help you prioritize some options over others. It is important to know if the career path you choose will be able to support the life style you are trying to achieve after college. Everyone has their own preferences, so there is no right or wrong answer! The goal is find a career that you can be happy with and also comfortable in.
I wish you all the best!