Question: I am currently enrolled in a community college. I graduated
from HS 2 years ago. Now being 21 and finding that I let some time go
by and now find myself not knowing what I want to do (career). I just
don't want to waste more time doing the HS thing with friends that
have no interest in college. I need direction or advice.
Answer: Finding a career will be one of the most challenging accomplishments of your life. Some people choose their career at an early age. Most people have their career choose them. You are still very young, relax.
Community College is a perfect place to find our what you want to do. Take a wide variety of courses in your first year. Use a wide variety of electives because you don’t have to declare a major during this time. Take intro courses in such things as Business, Psychology, History, English, Math, Science, etc… These courses should give you an insight into what you may like doing. Follow this up by doing research on your own. Example: After taking intro to business you may want to visit a business to ask questions to the people working there.
Once you have narrowed your choices down to two or three careers go to the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook. It’s here: http://www.bls.gov/OCO/
- the training and education needed
- expected job prospects
- what workers do on the job
- working conditions
Most of all, relax. You’re still young. I do think that it’s awesome that you’ve come to the realization that you have to do something to change your life. Many people never come to that realization. Please feel free to post again if you have more specific questions. Good Luck.