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Why can't i ever decide what i want to do after high school?

I mean I've know what I want to do for a long time but recently i have jumped from career to career and now i feel like i'm lost. I just thought it was because i wasn't trying hard enough but now i feel like i'm losing interest in all of my safe options.

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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question.
Below are my suggestions:
1. Firstly, think about what you have interest, eg your hobbies, favourite subjects, etc and identify the related careers
Eg if you like music, would you like to be a musician, singer, musical artist, musical artist, music composer, music producer, etc
If you have interest in maths, would you like to be an accountant, engineer, banker, financial analyst, maths teacher, etc
2. Find out 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 counselor, your parents, etc
4. Shortlist 1-2 careers 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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Danusa’s Answer

I totally get it, making such a decision can be tough.

Remember, it's perfectly fine to feel unsure and overwhelmed. It's quite a burden to bear, especially at a young age, and it's natural to have a whirlwind of questions swirling in your mind. What worked for me was realizing that it's okay to change my mind. I began to delve deeper into my likes and dislikes, and considered the places I could never see myself working. It's all about self-discovery. Challenge yourself with questions about your preferences, your comfort zones, and your path of least resistance. Give it a shot, because in every attempt, there's a lesson to be learned, not a mistake to be regretted.
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Kayla’s Answer

Uncovering a Career You'll Love: A 7-Step Guide

1. Dive into your passions - Identify a career that will spark joy by finding the sweet spot where your interests, enthusiasm, and skills meet.

2. Put money matters on hold - Make a list of activities you'd dive into if financial obligations weren't a concern. This will highlight the kind of tasks and environments that would truly fulfill you.

3. Get impartial advice - Your friends and family see you beyond your work life and can offer fresh perspectives or suggest possibilities you may not have considered.

4. Visualize your ideal work environment - Picture your perfect workspace and timetable, and identify the benefits you appreciate the most.

5. Reach out to a career counselor - Career counselors can guide you towards jobs and industries that match your interests, skills, salary requirements, and perfect work environment. They can also introduce you to new roles or industries and help develop a long-term career plan.

6. Expand your skill set - By refining your abilities and widening your expertise, you'll open up a plethora of opportunities for yourself.

7. Explore companies that catch your eye - You can discover new companies by asking your contacts for recommendations or introductions. Plus, you can do your own online sleuthing by visiting the companies' social media pages and websites.
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Jerome’s Answer

I think you need to give yourself space to understand that many people feel the same way you do. Odds are, in your lifetime, You will have many different jobs that you do. The best advice I can give is to consider the type of life that you want long-term. I as you look for different jobs, make sure they allow you to get skills or knowledge that will help you move towards your ideal life.

I self-motivated by striving to create a better life for my kids than I had growing up. I’d also encourage you to figure out your “why” and keep side of it during the tough stretches.
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Dave’s Answer

You're already a step ahead of many, including my younger self, as you've identified your career goal early on. Now, it's crucial to evaluate if this goal is attainable and identify the steps needed to achieve it. Do you need further education or perhaps an entry-level job in your desired field? Knowing what you want to do is a significant part of the puzzle that many people, young and old, struggle with when trying to find a fulfilling role in life.

While primary education equips you with fundamental knowledge about the world, it often falls short in guiding you towards your life's purpose. So, keep striving to find your path and don't let temporary setbacks discourage you or derail your journey towards a career that brings you joy.

Remember to keep your eyes open for opportunities, even in the most unlikely places. I hope my advice aids you in your pursuit.
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Erika’s Answer

Hi Makayla!

Totally understand where you are coming and it can be extremely overwhelming to feel that way. I think allowing yourself to change and feel different about one career that you may have wanted previously doesn't mean you're a failure, it just means you are learning more about yourself and what you truly want!

Sometimes a career may exist that you had never heard of/saw yourself doing, but it could be the career you end up loving and being amazing at. The beautiful thing about having so many choices is that you will continue to amaze yourself with how much you are capable of / learning new skills and things about yourself that you may not have even known!

Think of this as an area for opportunity & growth, no matter how scary it can feel. Ask questions, research, and be open minded as you may be surprised by what you end up finding intersting/pursuing. You got this!!
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Herbert’s Answer

I think I may have been in the same type of situation as you when I graduated from high school. I had joined the Army, figuring that I would either decide on making it a career or making up my mind on what I wanted to do when I was ready to be discharged.
Well, I got discharged and still had no idea as to what i wanted to major in or do for a career. I decided in my first college semester to take a career development course. based on that course I chose my major, found my career, and enjoyed it thoroughly.
That may be something to consider lest you find yourself like some people I know with a 5 year liberal arts associate degree.
Also you mentioned that you knew what you wanted to do. Have you looked into this career? Have you gone to a company involved in your line of work and asked about the ins and outs of a typical workday? That may be something for you to consider if you haven't already. It may help you in focusing on tasks you need to accomplish in order to get that dream job.
I wish you luck in finding your career.
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