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How can someone choose who they want to become?I like almost all the subjects in school...

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worldstudy | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 3, 2012 at 5:22 PM via web

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How can someone choose who they want to become?

I like almost all the subjects in school except math but I cant decide what I want to contine with when i get older. How can I get a better clue in what to do?

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 3, 2012 at 9:52 PM (Answer #2)

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Psychologists have been working on vocational preference tests, vocational aptitude tests, and other such tests for many years, and some of these tests can be extremely helpful. Your school probably offers some of this kind of testing and counseling. That would be a good place to start. If you go on to college--as you probably should and will--you can also get testing and counseling there. It is well worth the time and effort to consult experts in making a career decision, because it can be the most important decision in your life. You can take some tests by yourself online for nothing. The most popular is the Myers-Briggs type indicator test, a simplified version of which you can access through Google. The test consists of about eighty multiple-choice and true-false questions. It places you in one of sixteen possible categories and suggests vocations that might be suitible for your type. You are very wise to be thinking about this while you are stilll only in the tenth grade. A lot of young people go through college, graduate with a BA in some liberal arts subject, and then realize they are clueless about what they want to do in life. They end up as "management trainees" and "sales reps" in the business world. At least you know you don't like math. That's a start.

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted September 4, 2012 at 1:18 AM (Answer #3)

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Be brutally honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses, and whatever you do, don't choose a career based only on money. That's not enough to get you out of bed in the morning and through the day.

You need to do a lot of research and talking to other people in various job fields. Don't go by what you see on television or in the movies---it's not real!!!

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 4, 2012 at 5:49 PM (Answer #4)

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Right now the one thing on your side is time, and the one thing working against you is experience.  First of all, there's no need to rush.  Many people wake up one day in the middle of their 40s or 50s and decide to make a major life/career change.

If you were my student or one of my own children, I would simply tell you to continue to do your best in all of your subjects and to get as involved as possible in things outside of school that you enjoy.  Make connections with as many people as possible, peers and adults alike.  Life seems to have a way of narrowing down choices for us when we make ourselves available to choices and change.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted September 5, 2012 at 3:39 PM (Answer #5)

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You might try volunteering or job shadowing in some areas you think you might be interested in. Sometimes we discover that the reality of a particular career just isn't what we thought. It helps to gain some insight and experience before deciding on a particular field. Working, volunteering, or observing select vocations can give you a better idea of what you do or do not want for a career. 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 30, 2012 at 4:42 PM (Answer #6)

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Start by looking at professions you might be interested in, instead of school subjects. Then find people you know, such as family friends or relatives, that are working in these fields. Ask them questions, see if you can follow them around at work, and see what interests you.
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suzannah304 | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted October 21, 2012 at 11:18 AM (Answer #7)

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Think what you are really interested in and what makes you feel happy. It's not about which subject you like the most but what you really want to be in life. How you want to see yourself in the future. Just picturize it and maybe it will help you. Or you can ask your family, friends what you are good at and think about it.

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bullbudder | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted October 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM (Answer #8)

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u rock #7

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atlaswave | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted November 2, 2012 at 10:09 AM (Answer #9)

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Find your own likes, interests and your favourite subject. Get to know about its braches and then choose which one you would like and would prefer to be something in future. Be inspired by someone of that branch or even soemone else. If you are really inspired by someone and you want to be just like them, in this way you can also see which career you want to choose.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 18, 2012 at 7:44 PM (Answer #10)

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Many people, probably most people, change quite a bit in terms of interets as they move from school age into adulthood. Even if your interests don't change, your profession might as you move through your working life. Change is inevitable and, often, beneficial. Looking at things this way, choosing what you want to be becomes a temporary concern, not a permanent one. 

In the end, we are our history, not our profession. We're defined by thousands of days, not titles. 

Hopefully, this perspective helps to see things in a light that removes some of the strain of the big decisions that face you as a student. 

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