What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?


Did you know that career daydreams can be very useful in helping you to determine what you are truly passionate about?

Find experiences that matter to answer this question while still in high school

Many students, before entering college, quickly decide upon a major without really investigating all of their options. Then, during college, if they become unhappy with their choice of subject, this can lead to one or more changes in their major, sometimes prolonging the years of study required.  Consider these action steps as you move towards graduation.

  • Decide what subjects you enjoy most
  • Work, intern, volunteer and/or job shadow
  • Take introductory classes in subjects of interest
  • Do informational interviews
  • Research majors and minors.

What subjects interest you most?

During your four years of high school, choose some introductory classes in various subject areas that interest you. This will allow you to experience many subjects and help you decide which ones you might want to pursue in college and which ones are not a good fit for you.

After you have taken various introductory classes, narrow it down to a few subject areas that you enjoy most. Talk with your school counselor and parent(s) about possible majors and minors that you could pursue based on your interests. Check out CollegeBoard.com to search for specific majors and minors.

What’s your future dream job?

A career daydream is one where all you can think about is the particular career that you would like to have one day and what that opportunity would be like.  Did you know that career daydreams can be very useful in helping you determine what you are truly passionate about? No one dreams about what they dislike but rather what they thoroughly enjoy.

Consider these questions:

  • What kind of work do you see yourself doing in your dream?
  • What is your career location and setting?
  • What do you like most about what you are doing in this job?
  • Is there anything that you do not like about this job?
  • What are you wearing to work each day?
  • Who are you working with or do you work alone?
  • In your daydream, are you happy, excited, calm, challenged?
  • How could you make your career daydream become a reality?


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