Oct 192013
 

My daughter is 16, she is a junior in high school, and is trying to decide what to do with her life. What a daunting task! I know just from my own life that you can change your mind as time goes on. What I wanted at 16 is not what I wanted at 26, or even 36. Trying to decide at that age what career is right for you is just really, really tough. I feel for her.

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Colleges are being discussed, college fairs are being held, and my daughter has learned a little bit. She was contemplating two different careers; a veterinarian or a psychologist. Well, now knowing that each will require additional school on top of college has deterred her from both careers. I guess medical school just is not something she is interested in undertaking.

So, what now? Well, she is going to think about what she likes to do, what interests her, and what she is good at. After that, we will search for careers and see what fits. There are so many jobs in so many fields that there are probably careers out there that she (or I for that matter) do not even know exist.

After she chooses a job or at least a field of study, then we can begin looking at colleges. Searching for programs and scholarships is another large task that we have ahead of us. It is an exciting time for her…it is all really just starting. I hope that she can pick something that she will enjoy and excel in throughout her life.

Do you remember being that age and deciding what you wanted to do with your life? Are you doing it now or did you change your mind?

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