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Hi, this is a great question, and it's one I got wrong on the first few tries. A little bit of background about me is that I have spent three years in research and learned that I really want to teach in some capacity. Here is the little bit I have learned about finding the right career. I think what I have learned can be divided into three steps.
1) Pay attention to what you like. Think about your day, from when you get up to when you go to bed. When are you happiest? What do you most like doing? Why? If you find that you're really enjoying something, stop and think about what it is that you're enjoying. Perhaps the answer is already there, but you haven't acknowledged it yet. Note that this may not be immediate. It could take days or weeks or months.
2) Be bold. I think one reason we might not realize the things we most want to do is we don't know if they'll work out. I say, if it's what might truly make you happy, it's worth a shot, right? So, don't fret. If you really think you're onto something, run with it. I was cautioned against being a teacher when I was younger, and I listened. Some eight years later, I want to be a teacher again. So, don't listen.
3) Be clever and steadfast. Once you find something worth pursuing, think creatively about how to get into it. Think about the usual channels for acquiring jobs in that field. Then think about other opportunities for gaining experience in it. Don't be afraid to fail. Repeatedly. And don't be daunted because the right career choice may take a while to get into. If it's worth it, you can work hard and wait for things to fall into place.
Best of luck!