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Asked by lora on April 21, 2015

I am not sure about a career choice and would like advice on what to do? I am interested in psychology/counseling, English, nursing and teaching elementary/preschool/early childhood. My personality is introverted and I can be very shy/soft spoken at times, but I am also very observational and am a good listener. I have a need to help people, but I also love working with children and have interests in the beauty field. I am currently getting my aesthetics license from a cosmetology school, but I do not think this career is the one I want to work on all my life or as my main career. Any advice/direction you can offer would be great.

Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at American Express, on April 24, 2015

It's great that you have such varied interests and curiosity about learning new things. Your can begin to narrow down your career pursuits by finding alignment between your current degree pursuit, your strongest areas of interest, as well as personality preferences.
For example, are you comfortable speaking with individuals on a regular basis? If not, are you willing to build this skill? Counseling and teaching are both careers where you have to be comfortable speaking and presenting to individuals and classes. 

For all of the interest areas you mentioned, I would recommend researching thoroughly what each path would look like. How many years does each degree require? What kind of core skills and soft (EQ) skills are needed? Plot each of these out and hopefully this will help you reduce some of the questions you have about which is the right fit for you.


    

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Answered by Cassandra, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on April 24, 2015

It's really exciting when you have a lot of interests and my first suggestion would be to narrow down the list to only those roles for which you have a true passion for doing. Doing work in an area where you have a passion won't seem like work and those are the best kinds of roles.  If you're unsure of what each role requires, another suggestion would be to talk with people doing those jobs currently so you can learn more about what kind of academic prep and experience you should have to perform the role successfully.  Finally, I will encourage you to visit career services on your campus and take a career skills assessment in order to assist you in determining what careers best fit your personality.  I wish you all of the best as you start the journey to becoming your professional best.  

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Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on April 27, 2015

There are a number of assessment test that you can consider when planning your career.  Most are inexpensive to take.  This can help you narrow down the field you are considering.  Assessments such as Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator, Self Directed Search, myPlan.com are a few ideas to think about.  The cost ranges from 10 dollars to 50 dollars based on which test you select.  These career assessmetns and personality quizzes are all on the web and can help you learn more about your working style to help you improve your job search and direction you go.  Keep in mind this is one piece to the puzzle.  The company mission and people also will factor into your decision.  Using a variety of ways to assess your career can help you narrow down your interest.  Good luck!

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Answered by Minde, Hiring Expert at The Schwan Food Company, on May 13, 2015

I think it's important to distinguish the difference between interest in a career field, and interest in the job itself.  For example, I love teaching and often thought about being a teacher, both while in college and even after.  However, after shadowing a teacher in the classroom and talking with many people in the profession, I learned that I probably wouldn't enjoy the actual JOB of being a teacher.  Therefore, using those skills elsewhere (e.g., volunteer opportunities) became a better way for me to fulfill that interest.  Your interest in cosmetology may be like that -- it may be something you want to pursue as a side job or as a hobby (e.g, selling a line of products part-time).

People love to talk about what they themselves do for a living.  Reach out to a counselor, a nurse, a teacher, and ask if you can spend a day with them watching what goes into the actual job itself.  You may think nursing sounds great, but there may be aspects of the job that you don't realize that you would or wouldn't enjoy doing.

Taking assessments as another comment mentioned, talking with professionals, researching degree programs, and continuing to listen to your gut (as it sounds like you do) will ultimately pay off for you in the form of a career that you will love!

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