What are the factors I should be considering when deciding my future career?
I haven't even solidified a major or decided what my "dream job" would be. I've tried these tests that are supposed to link me with jobs but none of them make sense to me.
1. Speaking to career/guidance counsellors at school: It may be a viable option to consult with the designated career counsellors at your school. They are trained to be able to help you recognize your interest areas. If your school does not offer a counsellor service, you could also consult an external counsellor. [In some cases, it may also be helpful to speak with a few teachers who have known you for long, whom you consider your mentors and who may recognize your strengths.]
2. Research areas of study: It may be helpful to focus your energy on exploring the areas of study that you find interesting rather than aiming towards a particular ' dream job'. If there are certain academic subjects / arts / sports in school that spark your interest and you look forward to attending those classes and you're doing reasonably well- you could choose that as a starting point to research into the various viable professions that the subject opens up for you. If there are more than one such subjects, you could choose your main interest as your major and a couple others as your minors. Many colleges will offer you the flexibility to choose a wide variety of subjects.
3. Open to change: It is crucial that you are always open to reevaluating yourself and reconsidering your options, if required. It is perfectly acceptable to change your subjects or even career lines later in the future. With time you will begin to recognize yourself and find your space. Most academic choices that you will make will not be a mistake, even if you change those later, as they will always help you grow and learn in some way. Don't be afraid of taking a well-researched plunge and exploring yourself.
Hope this helps!
Take some time to meditate and journal your answers. Ask others the same questions and learn to listen to their answers. Above all, be honest and true to yourself. I also encourage you to read "What Color is Your Parachute? " It's specifically written for people asking the same questions you are.
You are off to a great adventure. Enjoy all that you can.
1. Begin with a wide perspective - Are you drawn towards Creativity, Business, or Science? Remember, as you accumulate more experience, you can even blend these areas.
2. Dive into career options within your chosen field - If it's Creativity, consider Culinary, Arts, Entertainment, Literature, and more. If Business appeals to you, think about Marketing, Finance, Logistics, or Project Management. Or if it's Science, consider Medicine, Engineering, or Research.
3. Engage in conversations with people you know - friends, acquaintances, family. Each one of them can be a wellspring of knowledge.
4. Investigate potential roles, from entry to mid-level, to sketch out a career path.
5. Evaluate factors such as - Salary scale, work-life balance, geographical locations.
Remember, it's perfectly fine if you don't nail it on your first try. The more you learn, the closer you'll get to figuring it out. Hope this guidance helps you on your journey!
My best advice to you is to explore your options!
Volunteer in areas that interest you that help you explore careers
Get a part time job or internship in things that interest you
Job shadow- family, friends, whoever
Research, follow careers of interest on social media, etc.
Talk to your school counselor about exploring careers
As far as things to consider:
- If you decide to go to college you do not want your degree to cost more than your starting salary
- Look at websites like O*net to see expected job openings, salaries and projections on careers of interest
-I often tell students who do not know what they want to do to look into high wage, high demand careers (you can see this on O*net)
I hope this helps!