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I'm by no means an expert, but I think that you have to pick a genre that you might enjoy, or more than one. Health? Science? English? History? Then you can take classes IN that area and explore options. I wish I had done more of this in high school and college. I'm still unsure of my path and quickly approaching 30. Explore Explore Explore!
It is not easy to figure out what we want to do when it comes to a career path. The good news is you are thinking about it now. If you are senior and graduating in May, hopefully you know and how applied to a number of colleges, at least a couple of months ago. This is important.
You can talk to a counselor at your high school. Or you can walk in to a college near you and ask to see the counselors there.
On your own -
1. Think about people you know and don't know that you have come across and thought what they were doing was rather cool.
2. What subjects you are good at, comes easy for and you like. Whether it is science math, or business, or arts.
3. Are you really good at solving math problems, love coding, or even writing?
4. Think about what you are passionate about- computer, IT, Environmental issues, cyber
5. lastly, go to www.glassdoo.com - and look at the jobs available and the job descriptions. And particularly what kind of degree they want. Software Engineers are in great demand. There are many different software engineers. Check it out.
The best way to find out what career suits you best would be to first analyze your interests. What do you like to do for fun? What are you good at? Answering those kinds of questions will help you rapidly narrow down your options. Once you have initially narrowed your options down it is time to do some research into careers in each field you are considering. Looking online, speaking to current students in those fields of study, speaking with professionals in the field, and job shadowing are all excellent ways to see if you truly are interested in that career.
Maybe you should think about things you would want out of your career and then the career path will fall in line! Many times people lock themselves into a career before they know what they really like. The result is that they never are completely satisfied. They make a lot of money but don't enjoy what they do. Or they end up wasting a lot of time and money. College is not cheap!
Consider these things: What makes you happy?
What are some things that you are good at?
What type of things could you see your self doing for 40 maybe 50 hours a week without hating it?
What would you love to study and learn about with out getting bored?
Once you can answer some of these questions, you will be able to at least narrow down some of the careers, you DON'T want to do
Ask GOD and Go for what you like most
My daughter is just entering high school this year and she already has her college picked out and she has knows what area of study she will be focusing on. She loves to draw and is very good at drawing she also loves to play video games. So she choose a school in California or a school that is Three hours North of us. She has chosen to study graphic design and video game programming. My point in this is that she has already decided her career path because she has a passion for drawing and deep passion for video games. You can not let anyone choose your area of study because none of us know you as well as you know your self. I can only help you if you want my help. But I need to know what you love to do on your free time.Than I can research which career path may be a perfect fit for you.
There are many ways to explore your options. If you are interested in a particular job, such as, becoming a physical therapist you could call up an office and ask if they would allow you to come in and shadow.
There are also volunteer programs. Look for one that would go along the lines of a job of interest. Example: If you are interested in becoming a Vet. There are many shelters always looking for volunteers.
I understand you asked this in the medical/health sections but if you decide to go the opposite way. There are tons of companies that hire interns. You don't get paid but the experience is everything.
You can also go to your counselor and discuss your confusing on what to do. There are many areas of medical.
Figure out your likes and dislikes.
Networking is key in this world!
Some advice. Take advantage of your youth. Explore all ends and show your commitment. MANY will be impressed. Keep your eye on your goal!
My boss gave me some of the best advice I've ever heard. When she started college she just took a lot of intro classes. She said that they helped her realize where her strengths were and what she enjoyed doing! I feel that I need to know exactly what I am going to do, but I know someone who has changed his major of 20 times and still isn't sure. Yes, that seems a little extreme, but definitely think about starting out simple and figuring out what you like to do. Your opinions, likes, and dislikes will continue to change.
There is a terrific book I would recommend titled, "Now Discover Your Strengths" by Marcus Buckingham. That will give you a general jumping off point to start looking at what you most enjoy doing.
Your counselor should be able to direct you with aptitude tests to help find a direction.