When I was little, I remember how my third grade teacher put us in a circle and asked each of us what we wanted to be when we grew up. The answers…

When I was little, I remember how my third grade teacher put us in a circle and asked each of us what we wanted to be when we grew up. The answers were either doctor, lawyer, teacher, firefighter, police officer, or FBI special agent.   Today in my life, there is no circle of 8-9 year olds talking about what they want to do when they grow up. There is instead a herd of 16-18 year olds confused about their futures. Many of my friends are completely in the dark about what they want to do with their lives. What seemed so simple 9 or so years ago is what stresses them out the most nowadays.    Knowing what you want to do as a career is comforting for a lot of teens. It may even help narrow down college choices because there are some colleges with excellent programs for different careers.   But how do you choose a career or at least a list of careers in the first place?   For me, I basically started with a list of really broad topics that interested me. Then once I narrowed down the topics, there were a few careers that ended up on my list. I read about each career, and spoke to people who worked or are working in those careers. How did you choose your (future) career? Do you have any tips for those of us still in the dark about what we want as a career? – Allyson

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