What Career to Choose: Useful Tips and Arguments for Schoolchildren

Every person in childhood was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up. And now you have grown up and are faced with this question head-on: what profession to choose?

Let’s figure out how to choose a profession for admission, and how to understand what you want to be in the future so that you do not regret it.

What does the choice of profession depend on?

First of all, the choice of profession depends on the interests, abilities, and values of the person, his age, financial opportunities, and plans of the family, as well as the place of residence. For example, where to go to study if you know mathematics well? Clearly, it is better to direct their knowledge to the exact sciences, rather than to the humanities.

How to choose a profession by yourself?

Try taking tests: career guidance tests and tests for professions. Try both. There is even a 7-step methodology for choosing a profession. It’s not a test, but it helps you figure out what you want. You can even listen to interviews with professionals, read books about professions, and even try to work at some company on vacation and look closely at what people do there.

Help from Career Guidance Specialists

You can also ask for help from specialists: there are career guidance courses, where professionals guarantee the result and save time for parents. After all, the correct career guidance in adolescence can at times reduce the number of risks and failures in the future. A set goal and burning eyes instead of confusion and self-doubt – that’s the best thing a high school student can get.

Some experts advise approaching the choice of the profession even more thoroughly. For example, write down a list of all the activities you would like to do. Then weigh the pros/cons of each and choose from the rest more suitable.

If nothing helps you decide, perhaps you need to give yourself time. For example, get a job after 11th grade and figure out for yourself what you want to do in the future.

Still, the most important thing in choosing a future profession is that it is your decision, not an imposed profession of your parents or older relatives who want to realize their own unfulfilled dreams at your expense. After all, hardly anyone wants a talented designer to work as a lawyer all his life, or a consummate chef – IT specialist.

Of course, the wise advice of parents to listen to, but still the final choice of future profession – it is up to you.

Also, we recommend you not divide professions into prestigious and not-so-prestigious ones. We are convinced that it is better to be a good mechanic or a nurse than a mediocre lawyer or a bad doctor. You didn’t manage to go to university, but you have a dream to repair cars or help people – get a specialized secondary education and go ahead and work with pleasure for the benefit of your native country.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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