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How do you know where tostart?

How do you know where you should star when career hunting?

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Noopur’s Answer

You have to think about your interest and then what is possible for you. You will need to prepare your CV. Take help from experienced people for that. There websites like academic positions or job vector you can maybe get help from them. Signing up for newsletter who advertise job in your field of interest will be really helpful.
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ShaRon’s Answer

Ren,

Not enough people ask themselves this question, so I commend you on having the courage to do so! The best career is doing something that you love. So what are you passionate about? What qualities and skills do you have that when you are doing things related to it make you feel good? This is were you should focus you attention!

My first stop would be my librarian. They are a wealth of knowledge and can point you in some resources that will help you figure out what careers exist that align with your core beliefs; principles; desired outcomes and values. They should be able to tell you what assessments are out there that can help you narrow your options down. They can also point you to industry resources that will tell you what careers are in high demand and those that are lucrative in terms of salary.

My second stop would be the guidance counselor at your school. They too should be able to provide you with skill assessments and personality assessment tools that will help direct you based on how you respond to the questionnaire. This will point you on the road to discovery. They can help you explore higher education - trade school; community college; technical schools and college & universities that have what you are interested in.

Finally, I would begin asking people in your circle of influence - parents, family members, teachers, coaches, family friends, etc. - what they do and what the enjoy about it. I would ask them based on knowing you what they think you are good at and what might be a good career for you. Ask why a lot! Ask them what skills are needed to do what they do and what education is required to do it. If something particularly interest you, ask if you can spend a day or a week shadowing them so you can see first hand for yourself. Expose yourself to as many different careers as possible. This will allow you to make an informed decision.

Ultimately the choice is yours but you want to make an educated decision so it means you are going to have to put in the work. Maybe once you figure it out, you can begin summer jobs or internships in that space to get you ready. Best of Luck to you as you begin this journey.

Respectfully!
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Judith-Ann’s Answer

Hi, Ren. I believe in finding a starting place with a book that helps you make decisions based on your interests, your skills, and your talents. I find this book very interesting:
This book can be accessed in paper back or on Kindle.
https://www.amazon.com/What-Color-Your-Parachute-Meaningful/dp/1984861204/ref=sr_1_1?crid=UTDXOYMUMTE3&keywords=w
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Racheal’s Answer

Hello,
I think if you are trying to consider a career path there are a number of options that you can look into to assist.
1. Find a local workforce development center. They are usually in every city or a city near you that provides insight to career options, resume building, interview options, and info on higher education.
2. You can also complete an online personality assessment or career assessment. There are so many, however the point of those assessments are to help you find our how your personality fits into a certain career path.
3. If you have an idea of what you want to do see if you can job shadow and the move forward with volunteering at the same place to pick up task and knowledge based skills.

Hope this helps.
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. Many students have similar question.
Below is the approach I suggest:
1. Think about what you have interest, e.g. your hobbies, favourite subjects, etc and identify the related careers
2. Find our more on these careers and determine what you have interest
3. Speak to someone who are working in these careers. Seek guidance from your mentor, school career counsellor, your parents, etc.
4. Shortlist 1-2 career you would like to pursue
5. Explore the entry criteria of relevant subjects in the college
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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