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Brittany

Try finding something your passionate about. You can always take a career test online, maybe that might point you the right direction. If you really want to find out what to do with your life, think about everything that you want in life ex: money, love, passion, hobbies. Once you figure out what you want you'll be on track, and dont worry if you dont figure it out right away, eventually it will come to you. Hope this helps .

Answered 10 months ago

Brittany
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Henry Eng

Did you have a guidance course? Usually that is a good start, where you get some interest tests and values clarification. What subjects do you like in school and what types of activities do you enjoy?

Answered 1 year ago

Henry Eng
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Jordan

I'm not much more experienced than you, being an 11th grader, but my recommendation to you would be as follows.

Ask yourself both of the questions in the previous answer, which will help you decide what would fit you as a career choice. However, I'm aware that salaries are a factor in deciding what you want to do, especially after you drop so much money towards an education. For this reason I would recommend you taking CC classes not after high school but DURING high school, either during summers or even during your Senior year in high school. It's an extremely popular choice at my school because, well, it saves you quite a few bucks. This way you can feel like you're not so tied up and grounded after high school, and you can still go into a four-year school.

As for the question you actually asked, figuring out what you want to do with the rest of your life is, naturally, the hardest and probably biggest decision you will ever make. The good news is, it's not your fault for having so much trouble figuring it out. I haven't figured it out, my friends haven't figured it out, heck my parents haven't even figured it out. But don't feel like you have to have a complete life plan before graduating high school. Take steps towards figuring out what you want to do, such as joining clubs, volunteering, getting a job, speaking to your counselor, or even using this website. Some of these things won't interest you, but you may find a part of each of them that does. For instance, I work at a grocery store as a part-time job. Now do I want to work at a grocery store for the rest of my life? Not at all. But I did find out from holding this job that I really enjoy helping people and might want to make that a part of whatever I do.

The goal isn't to figure out exactly what you want to do before leaving high school, but to get it narrowed down. For instance, if you are interested in being an engineer, you don't necessarily have to know exactly which field of engineering you want to go into. The decision you should focus most of your effort on right now is the C word: college. If you get through high school and still don't really know what you want to do (nothing wrong with that!) then I would suggest going to a big school, probably public, that offers a wide variety of majors, classes and activities. This will make it much easier to decide what you really enjoy doing. I'm not sure where you live, but if it's in the United States, slap "University of" in front of the name of your state, and that would be a good place to start looking. Of course, this is just a generalization. I hope you also look at out of state schools, private schools, etc. Many schools offer a list of majors on their websites that you can look at, too. I would recommend that next year, even if you already have this year, you take the PSAT/NMSQT next year. This will put your name out there for private schools to see, and they will start contacting you with all kinds of information that could be useful to you. A few big schools that are REALLY GOOD academically (in a general sense): University of Illinois (both of my parents went here), University of California (either UCLA or UC Berkeley), USC, most Big Ten school (Division I conference in the Midwest, all of them public except for Northwestern. University of Illinois is a part of this conference), Iowa State; these are just to name a few. Of course some of these schools are also fairly competitive and tough to get into, so keep your grades up, and if you can, take some challenging (or even AP) classes!

I know that this answer is really lengthy, and if you've made it this far, then I'd like to thank you! I'd also like to thank you for asking the question that every kid wants the answer to, but sometimes doesn't ask. Good luck to you on this adventure, because I'll be honest, it'll take a while. The good part is that you don't have to do it alone. Ask you parents, counselors, family, friends, boss, teachers, anybody who you're close to for help. And if you feel stuck, remember that you're in the same spot as me and most high school kids, so you've got support. Have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Answered 2 years ago

Jordan
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Anonymous

You have about two years to really think it out. After high school, I would recommend going to somewhere like a community college, and get the basics. Then, you have a total of 4 years to figure it out. Ask questions like this:

What do you like to do?
What is your passion?


This may help you some!

Answered 2 years ago

Anonymous