Should I pick a career based on my passion or on salary? I'm a high-school senior and am preparing for college, and would like a little guidance on the topic.
Often times people think that following their passion excludes them from making money. However, the opposite rarely happens — chasing down the higher salary rarely results in finding a career passion. The great news for you is that you have years to find your passion. And years to make and execute a plan where you'll make money living your passion.
But let's look at the flip side. Even if you don't find a way to make a lot of money with your passion you will still have the satisfaction and joy that you derive from the job and the field. However if you make a lot of money but are bored or dislike your job you will feel a growing sense of being empty and unsatisfied.
How can you find your passion? With a lot of self-assessment. Sure you can take some assessment tests but you should also look at your strengths and weaknesses as well as the activities you most enjoy accomplishing. At your age you should also spend a lot of time researching careers talking to people about their jobs and doing what you can to help narrow your choices.
Just remember to take your time. The real goal of college is a solid education – and any major will give you that. Focus on obtaining the degree. Do that while also gaining some experience along the way and doors will open up for you by the time you graduate.