Your High School Guide on How to Determine Your Dream Career

Dreaming about your future while in high school is a completely normal phenomenon. In fact, younger people are avid dreamers. They dream almost about anything – they dream about their future family, their future house, their would-be cars, their upcoming adventures, and their future jobs. As such, you should never hesitate dreaming about what you want to be in the future, as this is generally normal and may even be regarded by some as something that is healthy.

However, unlike plans, dreams are oftentimes unorganized. It is therefore important that young as you are, you may be able to convert these dreams into plans, and then translate these plans into actions. For you to be able to convert your dreams into plans, you may consider reading this post further.

First, you have to distinguish whether you want to do something that you really love, or you want to do something that you believe you are really good at.

To help you make better decisions, check out the following career planning articles to get you started:

How to Choose A Career
Career Planning during high school?

Doing something that you really love

The things that you love and the things that you are perfectly good at do not necessarily have to be the same. Maybe you like theatre so much but are not presently good in acting. Maybe you love being in the stage as part of a rock band, but do not have any idea how to sing or play a musical instrument at all. If so, you don’t have to worry. As I have said, loving the activities that you love doesn’t necessarily mean knowing how to perform them.

But what makes it different from any other activities that do not interest you is that your love gives you the drive, the energy, and the enthusiasm to learn about them. Your extreme love for animals, for instance, may help you study and learn more about them. Your extreme affinity towards cars could also give you the reason to develop your technical and professional skills along the way to land a job in the car industry.

To help you sort things out, we have listed some of the most common interests people like you might get fascinated with, and the possible jobs offered in each field:

  • Acting and performing (Broadcast, media, performers)
  • Animals (Veterinarian, animal advocate)
  • Armed forces (Uniformed personnel, army soldier)
  • Arts and design (Illustrator, painter)
  • Cars (Automotive specialist)
  • Computer games (Developer, game blogger)
  • Computers and IT (Systems analyst)
  • Cookery (Chef, catering manager)
  • Crafts (Upholsterer)
  • Fashion (Tailor, designer)
  • Music (Instrumentalist, singer)
  • Outdoors (Recreation coach, tour guide)
  • Photography (Photographer)
  • Sports (Sports coach, sports nutritionist)
  • Tattoos and piercing (Tattoo artist)
  • Writing (Creative writer, blogger)

Doing something that you are already good at

Some high school students are fascinated doing the things that they know the most. Some individuals excel in certain academic subjects, such as math and science, while some find history and literature very interesting. Some students enjoy technical subjects a lot, while others naturally excel on sports and other outdoor activities.

For those of you who find joy in doing things that you are good at, determining your dream job would not be a very difficult task. However, this can be quite challenging for others who are multi-talented and share the same fascination to almost all of his/her interests. To determine the field that interests you the most, try measuring how excellent you are in all your curricular and extra-curricular activities. The greater your achievements are, the more interested you are in that certain field.

To help you in this crucial process of differentiation, below is a list of some of the most common school subjects and their corresponding career opportunities:

  • Design technology, art (Fine arts, sculpting, art therapy)
  • Combined sciences (Healthcare, education, medicine)
  • Business (Analyst, banking, management)
  • English (Literature, education, speech therapy)
  • Math (Accountancy, financial management, engineering)
  • Humanities (Education, research)
  • Information and communications technology (Web design, programming)
  • Modern languages (Translation, international trade, diplomatic services)
  • Physical education (Coach, education, sports development)

What if I don’t have any idea about the things that I love or the activities that I am good at?

Do not worry! Not knowing about the things that interest you is also a completely normal phenomenon. Maybe you are just overwhelmed with all the options available for you. Do not rush. After all, dreams come naturally, and you don’t want to frustrate yourself by forcing you to have a dream job. Make this process of thinking about your dream career as natural and as enjoyable as you can.

Try getting a rough idea about your likes, dislikes, interests, and values. You may also want to talk with your school counselor about the possible career options that you may want to consider aiming in the near future. Talk with your family and friends about how they foresee you in your working years. Just remember to take this process slowly and blissfully.

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