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      How to make decisions

      I am a senior at high school. I have trouble making decisions about what to do with my life. I feel like I could be happy doing all sorts of things, but it would vary due to different situations, even in the same field. But I don't even know what field I want to go into. I have to decide, so that I can know what to major in in college. How do you go about picking field that you will spend the rest of your life working in, at 17? I like technology, but so does everyone else, it seems. I am a good problem solver. I have been thinking about a a career in radio or TV or other media. I am on my high school's radio staff and I like it. Not the on air part, but behind the scenes. Perhaps I will get a degree in mass communications. But, on the other hand, I want it to be as open as possible, what if I decide that I hate it after I try? Decisions....

      Sorry for thinking out loud there, but any help/ comments are welcome.

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      I would help you but i don't like your signature.

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      The situation you describe is difficult. There really is no way for you to know right now what career path you should choose. You might like the idea of something, but in practice you would realize you don't. You could spend 3 years in school, and only then, when you get to the bones of what you would be doing for the rest of your life, you realize you hate it. And it could be the case that a certain career would be perfect for you, but it would be nothing you've even considered doing.

      There are a lot of things to consider, and in truth it may be a difficult decision to make. Consider the money, the chance of getting a job, how much you'd enjoy it, how much work it would take, how busy you would be, how many years of school it would take, how much good it would do the world, etc. It will probably not be easy.

      If, when you're out of high school, you still don't think you know what you want to do, if you're still deciding between a few different things, you should take courses in all of them. Even though it would put you a year behind, it is better to do that than to choose a specific degree and then later decide it was all for nothing, or feel like you can't go back now even though you don't like what you've planned to do, and spend your life with some job you don't want.
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      Quote Originally Posted by flipsyde View Post
      I would help you but i don't like your signature.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Dianeva View Post
      The situation you describe is difficult. There really is no way for you to know right now what career path you should choose. You might like the idea of something, but in practice you would realize you don't. You could spend 3 years in school, and only then, when you get to the bones of what you would be doing for the rest of your life, you realize you hate it. And it could be the case that a certain career would be perfect for you, but it would be nothing you've even considered doing.

      There are a lot of things to consider, and in truth it may be a difficult decision to make. Consider the money, the chance of getting a job, how much you'd enjoy it, how much work it would take, how busy you would be, how many years of school it would take, how much good it would do the world, etc. It will probably not be easy.

      If, when you're out of high school, you still don't think you know what you want to do, if you're still deciding between a few different things, you should take courses in all of them. Even though it would put you a year behind, it is better to do that than to choose a specific degree and then later decide it was all for nothing, or feel like you can't go back now even though you don't like what you've planned to do, and spend your life with some job you don't want.
      I know, right? It's kinda messed up that you need to go to spend 4 years in college for good job opportunists in a field you may or may not end up liking.
      Last edited by dave1701; 09-12-2011 at 01:31 AM.

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      Yeah man haha. I was kidding though... mostly haha. But, a cool field for someone like you to start in would be math. First, you need problem solving. And second, if you decide you don't like JUST math then switching into any other major field will be a snap since math is the most important part of many high paying and interesting jobs.

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      just do what you want. what makes u happy

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      I graduated high school like five years ago, and I still haven't made any decisions about what I want to do with my life.

      I know several college graduates who studied exactly what they wanted to in school, got their degrees, and are now in the same aimless, partially-sinking boat that I'm in because they absolutely cannot find a job in their field because of that wonderful catch-22 of "needs [# of years] experience to get a job, needs a job to get experience."

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