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  1. #31
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    Aug 2012
    Columbus, OH
    I'm off to college in the fall, and I've found this all really interesting, so thank you.

    I think I want to work in public health and will be double majoring in Peace & Justice Studies (an interdisciplinary major) and Community Health. I have to double major in order to take Community Health, as it's only available as a secondary major. I thought that taking a interdisciplinary major like Peace & Justice Studies is a great way of keeping my options open.
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  2. #33
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    May 2012
    I can't say that I really "chose" my career in the strictest sense. I got a degree in something mostly unrelated to the field I'm currently in.

    When I finished college I had a choice to pursue a higher degree in something I wasn't 100% sure I loved or start working and see if I could find a path toward something I loved. I chose the latter and worked at 2 jobs that I really didn't like very much until I stumbled on where I am now. I use some of the math and management skills I learned in school, but most of what I do is just on the job training. I love what I'm doing, I love my company and my coworkers, and I hope I can stay here for a long time and move up in the company.

    The problem with choosing a career in high school is that you have a very linear and basic view of what's available and possible. If you can't describe a career in one or two words it feels fake But the problem is that a large percentage of people don't do work that can be labelled like that. Of course there are still people who are doctors, lawyers, teachers, firemen, and bankers, but there are millions more who are "Cost Management Specialists" and "Project Conjunction Supervisors" and "Senior Content Producers" and "Talent Account Executives" and "Earned Media Planners" Things that make no sense outside of specific companies or fields. But they can be amazing jobs that are very fulfilling and fit you perfectly.

    So my advice is: a lot of what has been said is great--> find your passions and combine them. Don't do something "just" because of the money, but do consider it. But I'd also say, sometimes you have to shift around a bit. Get a degree in something you really like and then try some things out. Switching careers a few times during your life doesn't make you a failure or a directionless lout! Oftentimes, it's the people who stick to one thing because they're too scared to make a change who become bitter and burned out.
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  3. #35
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    Jun 2012
    My suggestion would be to go to college, major in something you find interesting (nutrition is a great option!) and also work towards getting your teaching credential. You don't have to major in education to become a teacher, and having a degree in something like nutrition will be helpful both if you end up wanting to teach science to kids (and science teachers are usually in the highest demand), or if teaching ends up not being the route you take.

    As for me, when I graduated college I applied for every job that I thought they might hire me for in the city where I wanted to live, and then when I got hired (as a clinical research coordinator...a job I would have had no idea existed my senior year of high school, or even my senior year of college), I started looking around at the jobs of people I worked with and trying to decide what I wanted my next job to be. I had to take some jobs I didn't love in between because that's how life works sometimes, but now it's seven years later and I have a job I really like, that pays well and lets me have the family I want to have. I can't tell you what my job title will be seven years from now, but I'm optimistic about it. Planning is good, but sometimes the only thing you can plan is to be prepared for and open to whatever opportunities come your way.

  4. #37
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    Sep 2011
    SF Bay Area
    I'm 14, and just now going into high school, so I haven't decided what to pursue.
    However, I look way too far into the future, and have NO IDEA what I want to do. And I never have.
    My career choices have varied all my life.
    Starting from Preschool until sixth Grade, this is what I have wanted to be (According to a book my mom keeps):
    School Teacher
    School ART Teacher
    Cake art decorating teacher
    Stay at home mother
    Animal Trainer
    In the past two years, I have considered fashion, acting, writing, producing/directing television/movies, book editing, casting, photography, and graphic design. At this point, the only thing I have narrowed it down to is working in media. My parents aren't really concerned with what I end up doing as long as I go to a REALLY good college.
    Anyway, my point is, I am extremely jealous that you have found your passion. I still am nowhere near that. I'm all over the place, and always have been. It sounds like you have always really wanted to work in Education. You found your passion. Go with it! You don't want to do nutrition.
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