Choosing your dream career when you are young is an impossible task. Not only do you not truly know who you are yet, but you also don’t know what options are out there. Fact is, there are far more job roles than you can comprehend, and you will only narrow down what you truly want to do as you progress through your career.
Pursue Your Passion
The best strategy, for now, is to simply follow your passion. Try to make this passion as broad as possible. Thankfully this is one of the easiest steps to make. You will have been introduced to several subjects both in and out of school growing up and can then choose one to focus on for university.
Start Broad, Then Narrow
When it comes to choosing this initial degree (as you can and should further specialize with an MA or with certifications), you will want to choose an option that offers you an introduction and foundation into several areas. A sociologist can later go into data science and work with governments, for example, but only if your degree offers future-looking courses in the topic.
Generally speaking, your BA should offer you a strong foundation in your discipline, and give you a good idea of options. Never assume that you know what you want at 18 or 19, and give yourself the chance to work out what opportunities are out there before narrowing down your selection.
What to Get Out of Internships
During this time you will want to apply for internships. Try to apply for a variety of different types of jobs. Though these are critical to helping you get hired, later on, they should also be a learning opportunity for you to decide on what you want to do and what type of job role you want.
Work Horizontally Up the Career Ladder
When you do graduate, it is actually best to try to get into your industry. Overspecializing too soon can be a waste of money, especially if you haven’t found the perfect fit just yet. For the time being, try to work horizontally (from job role to job role) until you find the role that suits you.
Integrate Into the Industry
Becoming successful means going the extra mile. In most cases, you will want to integrate into the industry. You can do this by attending conferences, conventions, workshops, summits, and events. Talk with the people there and put emphasis on their jobs, job roles, and most importantly: how they got there.
Eventually, you will open up doors to new job roles and opportunities simply because you have become a familiar and friendly face to those that matter. You can then become a thought leader and start your own personal brand, or make use of your connections to work your way up the ladder.
Don’t be Afraid to Go Back to University
The reason why you should hold off before specializing further with an MA is that you might not yet know what you want to truly do. Once you have a clear idea, you can then find that dream degree that will open so many doors for your future career.
As a businessperson, this is one of the best strategies you can take. It can help you go from a business related job right to a data scientist degree that helps you earn up to $90,000 a year.
The secret to achieving such a high paying job is to find a niche position. Data science makes use of what is known as Big Data, and analyzing Big Data can be one of the most worthwhile investments a business can make. With a specialized degree, you can set yourself apart from the rest and even make opportunities, rather than wait for them to come to you.
With the world changing, it is a mistake to overspecialize from the start. Instead, start with the topic you are most interested in and work until you find where your true passions lie. Not only will this help you get your dream job that you love, but it can also help you choose the exact specialization that will pay the most. When you are good at something, get paid for it and the experience that comes with it, and then through progression when you are only one of a few people that can do it, you will ultimately get paid more for it.