Can High-Schooler Succeed in Chosen Career?

Jessica writes:
I am a 16-year-old sophomore in high school. I am having difficulties trying to choose which career most suits me in my future years. I am planning on going to college for 4 years and hopefully at Penn Sate University. I have had my mind set on working with computers for quite some time now. Computer science or computer engineering are what I’m looking into the most.
I however am afraid that I won’t be able to succeed in those areas. Everyone encourages me to go for it. My grades are usually in the high B low-mid-high A area. I know my math and science courses are most important for these areas of study. My math grades range from 91-95 and my science grades range from 88-92. I was just wondering if you could help me out at all with my decision by seeing my grades and knowing my goals.

The Career Doctor responds:
Jessica I laud you for your concerns and planning for your future career and I encourage you to keep thinking and contemplating and exploring but I also want to make sure that you are not stressing too much over the decision just yet! Enjoy the rest of high school! Choosing a career is a journey and certainly not something you have to decide right now.
Many career paths relate to computers and technology and regardless of whether you actually major in one of those areas I can guarantee that you will need and use computer skills in any profession.
You appear to be a very good student and Penn State is a great school so I think even without a career choice at this moment you will do well in life. I have a six-step process that may help you think more about your career and a college major — and you can find it and lots more advice in my article Choosing a
College Major: How to Chart Your Ideal Path
. I wish you the very best.
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