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What career should I have?

I just completed high school but unlike most people, I am not sure what I want to pursue in college. Most of my friends have already begun applying for college and I do not want to be left out. I have tried using some sites that give you tests to see which major is right for you but I still don’t have an idea what would be the best career match for me. Are there any career assessment tools I can use or what tips can you give that will help me answer the question, ‘What career should I have?’

Curtis Rhodes

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Ross Pratt on January 16, 2018

Choosing a career is not an easy task. The choice you make determines what you do for the rest of your life. Therefore, it is a decision you need to think about carefully. Even if all your friends seem to have figured out what they want to do with their lives, you shouldn’t feel pressured to find a career path.

The problem with doing a test to see which major is right for you is the fact that most of the tests provided online are not scientifically tested. Most tests have been created through guesswork. Therefore, you will not get a clear answer on what to do after doing these tests. However, you can do them just for fun to get an idea of what things interest you and which career paths align with your interests.

I am not sure whether there is any particular career assessment tool you can use to identify great career matches but I can share some tips I used when I wasn’t sure what career I should have. These tips really helped me choose a job I am really passionate about and I hope they help you identify your path as well.

First and foremost, I tried different hobbies and activities when I completed school. I volunteered to train little league teams, I took up a sales job at a local manufacturing company and at one point I even tried being a personal stylist. While doing all these things, I noticed that I really enjoyed interacting with people and sharing my ideas. This gave me the idea to look for career paths that require this. I did some research and identified marketing, public relations, community development and other few courses as great options.

I also attended a lot of career fairs at local universities. This gave me some insight on what different courses offered and where I would work after taking each course. This really helped because it made me identify which courses were interesting to me and where in line with my interests.

Last but not least, I asked for guidance. I asked friends, family and teachers to suggest great courses they believed would suit me based on my personality and some of the interests I had. This also helped me narrow down my list. I ended up choosing a community development course and I have to say, it was the best decision of my life.

Kayla Bowena year ago

I agree. Choosing a career path shouldn’t be a rushed decision. You need to take some time to think about what you enjoy doing, your passions and your interests when you are trying to identify a suitable career. However, I believe that using career assessment tools can be really beneficial. I was in the same situation you are in after completing high school. The only difference is the fact that I was being pressured by my parents to make a
decision fast or go with choosing a medical course like they wished. I had to act fast because I could not imagine my life as a doctor. I did not have any passion for it whatsoever. I did the Myers-Briggs assessment test and when I was done, I already had numerous options in mind. It worked for me. I advise you to do some research to identify a proven suitable test
that can help you make the decision.


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