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How to have a successful career ?

Hi, I'm 15 years old grade 11th student. How can I choose a successful career for myself?

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Heather’s Answer

Hello Aria!

You've already been given some valuable advice, so let me build upon it:

Don't restrict yourself to a single career path. Instead, remain receptive to the vast array of possibilities that exist out there. You might initially believe that accounting is your calling, but later realize it's not quite the right fit, or you might stumble upon intriguing courses that steer you in a completely different career direction.

Investigate roles in fields that pique your interest, as there are countless jobs you may not even be aware of. For instance, I began as a journalist and later transitioned into a catalog copywriter, a role I wasn't even aware of until I applied for it. A simple way to uncover job opportunities could be to input a broad job title (like writer) into a job search engine like Indeed.com and see where it takes you!

Remember, it's perfectly normal for most people to switch jobs or even entire careers at some point. For instance, I eventually transitioned into a project management role, ensuring special projects progress smoothly towards successful completion. I still utilize my writing skills, but now I'm even more engaged in my favorite activities: research, continuous learning, and problem-solving.

Best of luck with your career exploration! The world is brimming with opportunities just waiting for you!
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Noemie’s Answer

Hi Aria, what a great question!

I'm a huge fan of lists. I recommend making lists of your strengths, skills, and interests to identify potential career paths.
Also, consider listing jobs you may not enjoy to help narrow down your options.

Research different professions, talk to professionals, and seek guidance from teachers or career counselors. Gain practical experience through internships or volunteer work to test your interests. Set clear goals, stay open-minded, and surround yourself with a supportive network.

Your unique qualities will guide you toward a successful and rewarding career!
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Deidre’s Answer

Hello! A great starting point to identify the ideal career for you is to delve into your passions and interests. Let's say, for instance, you're an avid reader with a deep appreciation for literature, you might consider pursuing a career as an editor. On the other hand, if you're fascinated by technology and gadgets, exploring a career in engineering could be a viable option. I hope this guidance sets you on the right path!
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Larry’s Answer

Aria -- let me suggest that you prepare for a successful career by preparing for a successful life. In part this means that you use your years of education to expand your ideas and interests. That you choose courses and outside activities that help you understand yourself, and the world and times you live in.

As Deidre has suggested, you can also use this also a time to slowly assess where your talents and interests lie. When you are ready to enter the job world, you should have an idea of what profession or employment matches your talents and interests.

This is not to say your job choice, or even future job choices will suit you. That can be a process of trial and experience. Sometimes the job itself may not be satisfying, but the boss or manager you report to is rewarding and encouraging.

This is to say that your job or profession is one part of your life. There are other parts of your non-job life that can bring you satisfaction and reward.
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Sikemi’s Answer

Hi Aria! Echoing Deirde & Larry above- the starting point should identifying what you're passionate about and going from there! From personal experience, I loved languages in school - I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do as a career when entering college but knew I wanted languages to be involved in some way so I did a Languages & Literature degree. Upon graduating, I spotted a job role at a tech company (HubSpot) which required a French speaker- while I never really thought or saw myself in tech, I applied as it piqued my interest. I joined my current company in that role and it was after joining the company that I found my passion/career path- Culture & Employee Experience.

So I would say use passion as a starting point and go from there :)
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