Teen Seeks to Make Early Career Choice

Jen writes:
I am 16 years old. I need help finding a career because I think it career_choiceis so important to start making these decisions now.

I am thinking of a career in the sciences most likely biological studies or perhaps psychology.

I am much better at the arts but I want a career where I can make good money.

I get really good grades at school so I am up for a challenge.

I would very much appreciate any help you could give me.

The Career Doctor responds:
Jen I first want to praise you for thinking ahead about your future education and employment goals but I also want to let you know that it is okay not to have everything set in stone at age 16. My advice for you between now and college is to continue taking college-prep courses that you need and that interest you work or volunteer at a couple of different companies and organizations (such as an art gallery?) and continue to discuss your career goals with family teachers and counselors … you might also consider reading the job descriptions available at our Quint Careers job board and other job sites to get a feel for the types of jobs available in a variety of fields.

In fact an article on Quintessential Careers may be perfect for you. Check out Choosing a College Major: How to Chart Your Ideal Path.

One final piece of advice: don’t eliminate any possibilities just yet. The key to a successful work life is finding employment that you love to do – not just a job that pays well. If you like the arts there are plenty of jobs that offer a good salary while allowing you to work at something you enjoy… but keep in mind that your interests may change as you further mature and continue your education.

Editor’s note: Infographic from Gallup shows teen career choices from 2005. How different would they be today?

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