It's the biggest dilemma you will face as you reach your senior year in High School. When it's time to submit college applications, you will need to specify which particular degree you want to pursue. Will you be in the arts? Will you study business? Will you pursue a career in the sciences? Some might pursue skilled work, while some would like to stay in academics and do research.
Studying for your future career requires serious thought, one of the biggest decisions of your life. Some people don't realize what career they want to pursue in life. Others have a clear idea of what they want to do even during childhood. Guidance counselors and educators can help you in making a decision, and it's better if you are able to decide early, so you can prepare for your future career.
- Standardized personality and aptitude tests. Career counselors at school usually give out standardized tests during sophomore or junior year in High School. Questionnaires for these tests usually involve asking you both academic and lifestyle related questions. The academic portions will help assess which areas of expertise you are likely to succeed in. These may include mathematics, sciences, and the arts, and will also include IQ and logic portions. Then the non-academic aspect will involve answering theoretical questions, such as what you would do in a particular situation. These would help determine your personality, and which career path might be ideal for you.
- Internships and trainings. Another way to help determine the suitable career path for you is by undergoing internships and trainings. Most companies will accept interns who are already nearly finished in their undergraduate studies. However, some companies will take in interns from among younger people who want to have a feel of what it's like working in a certain industry. Try to participate in these internship and training programs, so you will have better insights into the career path or business you want to get into in the future. You get to see both the good things and the disadvantages of your chosen field from the goings on from within a company seen first-hand.
- Career counseling. Aside from the guidance counselor at your school, some universities may also offer career counseling services to applicants or new enrollees. These professionals can help you choose, depending on your aptitudes and the areas you are most likely to excel in. Most universities offer general education courses in the first two years, while only focusing on major subjects as you progress. So in your first year, you can still choose among different fields of study, in case you are not 100% decided yet.
Remember that your career is not only a job you will work on, or a company you will join. Your career will be what defines you professionally. Therefore, you should choose carefully, and you should get yourself a head start. However, people are not necessarily stuck in one career path, so don't be alarmed if it takes you some time to realize your calling in life.