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You should read this, cause....yeah - July 15th 2013, 06:42 PM

How did you know what career you wanted? I mean, was it the way you felt about the career, a passion, maybe it was a hobby at first? I don't know what I wanna do, and I was kinda curious as to what you guys do, and how you knew that it was the best choice for you.
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Re: You should read this, cause....yeah - July 15th 2013, 07:34 PM

Hey Abby, I know that I want to be a paramedic because I like the idea of helping people as a career and get paid for it at the same time (which is a massive bonus )
Its ok that you don't know what job you want to do, maybe think about your interests and look for a career down that path. For example, if you liked animals maybe consider a vet, zoo keeper, etc.

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Re: You should read this, cause....yeah - July 15th 2013, 07:50 PM

Hey there,

I went through tonnes of career options before settling on the uni course I'm starting this year. I wanted to be an archeologist because I liked history, I wanted to be a writer because I liked writing and have been writing for as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a TV producer because I enjoyed media, I wanted to be an actress because I enjoyed Drama. I'm taking a psychology and counselling course from september and I want to be a counsellor as a career. I came to this decision through this site. I had no idea I was interested in helping others and mental illness and the like before I came here, so that's how I discovered it.

My best advice would be to look into as many subjects as possible. That way you have loads of choices as to what to do, and you'll have an idea of what you enjoy most. Always go for something you like doing rather than something that just pays well, as you'll feel more fulfilled by your work that way.

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Re: You should read this, cause....yeah - July 15th 2013, 09:47 PM

With me, I want to be a doctor or a nurse when I get older. I still haven't decided which, or how to go about it but I am exploring my options as well as other careers in the health field. When I was younger I never thought I'd ever be a doctor or a nurse because I thought it was gross. My dad works in a nursing home and I've spent a lot of time there and the more I time I spend around medical professionals the more I love it. I also love knowing that I'm helping people out as well.

It's different for each person. Start out by looking at what you do enjoy and then looking for possible careers that involve that. I'm still not 100% sure what I want to do now, but I've got some ideas. It's perfectly normal to not know yet. Just keep exploring your options!

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Re: You should read this, cause....yeah - July 15th 2013, 10:48 PM

When I was a sophomore in high school, a teacher nominated me for a program called Peer Advocates. It was a peer mentoring program at my high school, and she had watched me help a deaf classmate during P.E. (everyone else had avoided him). There was a group interview, and despite my self-doubt, I was selected for the program. After a semester of training, I began to help classmates who were referred by teachers. I dealt with a variety of experiences, including self-harm, depression, anxiety, abuse (physical/emotional/sexual), academic and peer problems, and substance use/abuse. I loved the work I did, and it led me to explore careers in psychology. I majored in psychology and loved it, and eventually went to graduate school to become a marriage and family therapist. I'm now a registered intern, and continue to love this line of work. I don't know if I ever would have discovered my passion for helping others in this way, if that teacher hadn't seen something in me all those years ago. I mean, my friends always called me their "unofficial counselor," but I never thought I would actually be good at this line of work.

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Re: You should read this, cause....yeah - July 16th 2013, 12:25 AM

Hey there,
The same things basically happened to me too. I'm working on college applications this summer, and careers are basically about what you are passionate in, and are you willing to devote your life to that field is the question you should always keep in your mind. However, I would strongly recommend not choosing a career that you are forced into doing or that you're doing it just to impress or be with someone. So yeah..that's basically it!

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Re: You should read this, cause....yeah - July 16th 2013, 06:12 AM

Along with what others have said, I think that it is a process. A career is never set in stone; a family friend of mine was a lawyer for many years, and recently became a high school teacher. She didn't hate being a lawyer, but she wanted to do something different. You have a long life ahead of you where you can experiment and find what you love.

On the note of "it was a process," that's how I can describe how I came to what I currently want to do. In high school, I did a lot of work with sexual violence prevention and helping friends with mental illnesses. I wasn't sure what I really wanted to study, but decided to major in psychology. I loved it, but realized early on that I did not want a career in a normal "psychology field." I noticed that I really enjoyed the work that I was doing in sexual violence prevention education and sexual wellness education, so I began to think about a career involving health interventions, which uses psychology and sociology to change health outcomes and help people. I declared another major in global health while continuing my major in psychology, and plan to go to graduate school for a Masters in Behavioral Public Health.

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Re: You should read this, cause....yeah - July 16th 2013, 09:20 PM

Mine changed a lot when I was growing up. I am right now going to school for nursing. After I graduate, I plan on taking a civil service test for a fire department while continuing to work on my BSN and working part-time as a nurse. I hope to get into an ICU but I will probably end up in an ER. I am a paramedic already in an ER. Then I plan on joining a reserves branch after I get my BSN.

After maybe 20-25 years, I plan on becoming a nurse practitioner in a family practice.
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