A Career? Now?
For many teenagers, one of the hardest questions to answer is, "What do you
want to be when you grow up?" People have been asking you this question
ever since you were a little kid. You couldn't even play Robin Hood without
getting queried about the potential of a career in law enforcement.
you graduate you will start hearing this question more and more. There will be
different variations on this theme. They will ask you what you want to major in
at college, where you want to go to school, what you want to do with the rest of
your life. At times you'll feel like saying: "How in the world should I
know, I'm only 18!"
While choosing a career is a tricky decision, don't stress over it. Try to
decide on something you want to do, not just something you think will offer you
job security, a fat pay check, or prestige. All of those things are subject to
change. Do what you want to and don't worry about it!
And don't feel like whatever you decide is permanent. According to the U.S.
Department of Labor, the average college graduate changes jobs once every three
years and changes career fields two or three times in their lifetime. Non
college graduates change careers even more often than that. So, don't assume
that your choice of career will determine your specific career for the rest of
How do I decide on a career?
Try getting part-time jobs in several fields that utilize
your particular skills and interests. This will help you select a career by
actually experiencing it.
If you want to research the salary, job outlook,
training requirements, and working environment of a particular career, you can
find that information on our Career Search
page. If you already know what you want to do, go ahead and browse the list to
find more information on your particular career. You'll find out about training and qualifications, what earnings
to expect, and what the future holds for that occupation.