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#1
I'm a sophomore in high school. I think about the future a lot. I'm 16, I've got 640 days until I turn 18, and then a few months until I graduate. I don't know what I want to do with my life, career-wise. I'm interested in a lot of things, but none of them are solid career choices. I've been told I'm an amazing writer, I'm not sure that I agree. Some of my writing, though certainly not the best, can be found on my myspace if you're interested. (www.myspace.com/misanthropic666)
I've considered many careers over the course of the last few years. I've considered becoming a psychiatrist, criminal lawyer, writer, critic, forensic investigator, and a couple other things here and there. I guess, all I'm asking for is food for thought. A few suggestions. Can anyone help?
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#2
Maybe become an English teacher?

Should be fun and you can write on the side.
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#3
Study witch hunting.
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#5
Other than the obvious, "Do what you enjoy" bullshit, all I can say is think about whether or not you will be able to stand doing a certain job for your whole life.
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#7
Well think about this. I know this doesn't sound useful, but I guarantee you haven't given this much deep thought either.

What are some things you are very good at or have high potential in?(This is the most important of the two questions I have)

What do you really want to do with your life?

We can sit here and list jobs to you all day for you to say "That sounds interesting!" or you can think about that and see what falls into your categories. I hope I have been of some use.
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#8
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Maybe become an English teacher?

Should be fun and you can write on the side.

I've considered teaching, but I've gathered that teachers are underpaid.
What's it like, to die alone? And how does it feel when tears freeze, when you cry? The blood in your veins is twenty below.
#9
Find something you like doing.

From what you put as potential career choices, you'll either be getting a master's/PhD, or becoming a teacher.

Don't sweat it so much though, try to think of fields that interest you, or something you like doing, rather than what career you can get.

I, for example, don't have a clue what kind of career I'll have, and I'm in second year of university. I came in to do a computer science degree, because I know I like working with computers, programming and such. Don't have a clue what I'll actually end up working for, but I'm learning things that interest me, and ultimately I think that's the most important part, as then you may be left with trying to find somewhere to apply what you've learned, but at least you know you're in a field where you're likely to enjoy what you're doing.
#11
^ so? most people with 200 don't know or talk to more than about 20 anyway.
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I've considered teaching, but I've gathered that teachers are underpaid.


It's stable work though.

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#12
don't worry, I didn't decide until last semester and I'm a freshman in college
In fact, we have an entire class dedicated to helping people figure out what they want to do with their lives, I took it and it was quite helpful.
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#13
Just do like me: Don't worry about anything, if I think about the future I just get stressed out, and as long as nothing serious happens, I just put the pieces together slowly.. I also have alot of AMBITION at many different things, and as people say, as long as you've got ambition, you're probably gonna reach far, no matter what it is.


Im joining the Norwegian Army, and perhaps make a future in there, my cousin is a 2nd leutnant, and my other cousin drives the F16, and my dad was a sniper. Im born to this and has allways been interested in this, and im ambitous about it.
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#14
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Well think about this. I know this doesn't sound useful, but I guarantee you haven't given this much deep thought either.

What are some things you are very good at or have high potential in?(This is the most important of the two questions I have)

What do you really want to do with your life?

We can sit here and list jobs to you all day for you to say "That sounds interesting!" or you can think about that and see what falls into your categories. I hope I have been of some use.

I've given it plenty of 'deep thought' actually. I know what I'm good at. But I really have no goals or aspirations at this point, and I'm the kind of person who needs to have a plan. I've taken quite a few aptitude tests and researched this over the past two years or so, and nothing I come up with seems to spark anything in me. I guess that's kind of what I'm looking for. Something that feels right, more so than sounds good.
What's it like, to die alone? And how does it feel when tears freeze, when you cry? The blood in your veins is twenty below.
#16
Quote by Izzy.
I've considered teaching, but I've gathered that teachers are underpaid.


There in lies the problem.

Money doesn't create happiness mate.

What would you rather want? A job you hated going to that paid well, or doing something you loved doing and getting paid for it?

It really depends on what you want. Where do you value money in relation to happiness? Which is more important?

Or you can just be a realist like me and realize you're never going to find that one magical answer. Life is a series of compromises....and then you die.
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#17
Write scripts/plays/songs.
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#18
Well don't worry bud I am 20, in college and I still don't know what to do with my life
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What's it like, to die alone? And how does it feel when tears freeze, when you cry? The blood in your veins is twenty below.
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^ so? most people with 200 don't know or talk to more than about 20 anyway.


It's stable work though.


I was just noticing that it was 69, calm down.
#21
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There in lies the problem.

Money doesn't create happiness mate.

What would you rather want? A job you hated going to that paid well, or doing something you loved doing and getting paid for it?

It really depends on what you want. Where do you value money in relation to happiness? Which is more important?

Or you can just be a realist like me and realize you're never going to find that one magical answer. Life is a series of compromises....and then you die.

Well, I know money doesn't buy happiness, but it does affect it. My family is pretty poor, and I know I'll want something better than this for my kids when I end up having them. I want to build a solid foundation, so that my kids don't worry about the things I'm worrying about at this age.
What's it like, to die alone? And how does it feel when tears freeze, when you cry? The blood in your veins is twenty below.
#23
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but what are your main interests, hobbies?

My hobbies? I'm learning to play guitar. I write, a lot. I'm pretty good with computers. I can't really think of anything else, though.
My main interests.. music, philosophy, literature, foreign language, computer technology.. I have a few more, but I guess these are the main ones.
What's it like, to die alone? And how does it feel when tears freeze, when you cry? The blood in your veins is twenty below.
#24
I was the same way as you until I was about 17. I wanted to be a writer, all of my teachers throughout highschool and middle school said I had a lot of potential. My problem with writing (along with a lot of things I try to do in life) was that I would have an amazing idea, start to put it in motion, and then lose interest. I have a lot of great ideas for books, but I can't seem to find the motivation to put them on paper or in any other form for other people to enjoy them. I'll write about 20 or 30 pages, then completely lose interest and move on to something else.

Because of this, and because I made the mistake of only applying to 1 college (long story for another day/conversation), I decided to do something that would be constantly presenting different challenges/scenarios to keep me interested in what I was doing. I joined the military, and right now I'm a crew chief on F-16 fighter jets. I don't plan on doing that for ever, but it's a means to an end (I'm using the military to pay for college to be a physicist one day).

Now, that's probably not exactly what you're looking for, but it's just something to think about. Becoming a teacher has always been on my mind, too.
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I was the same way as you until I was about 17. I wanted to be a writer, all of my teachers throughout highschool and middle school said I had a lot of potential. My problem with writing (along with a lot of things I try to do in life) was that I would have an amazing idea, start to put it in motion, and then lose interest. I have a lot of great ideas for books, but I can't seem to find the motivation to put them on paper or in any other form for other people to enjoy them. I'll write about 20 or 30 pages, then completely lose interest and move on to something else.

Because of this, and because I made the mistake of only applying to 1 college (long story for another day/conversation), I decided to do something that would be constantly presenting different challenges/scenarios to keep me interested in what I was doing. I joined the military, and right now I'm a crew chief on F-16 fighter jets. I don't plan on doing that for ever, but it's a means to an end (I'm using the military to pay for college to be a physicist one day).

Now, that's probably not exactly what you're looking for, but it's just something to think about. Becoming a teacher has always been on my mind, too.

I have the same problem with writing books. Which is why I stick to poetry. For a while there I had it in my head I was going to join the Navy to pay for college, but that was when I also had it in my head I was going to Harvard/Yale/Oxford. The military doesn't really seem right for me. I'm not sure that I support my country very much, and I personally know people in the military/their family members, and from what they've told me, it's really deceptive. So I've explored that idea too.
What's it like, to die alone? And how does it feel when tears freeze, when you cry? The blood in your veins is twenty below.
#26
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^ so? most people with 200 don't know or talk to more than about 20 anyway.

I think you may have missed the point.
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#27
Oh, and thanks for all of the input guys. I haven't thanked anyone yet, so.. yeah. Thank you. (:
What's it like, to die alone? And how does it feel when tears freeze, when you cry? The blood in your veins is twenty below.
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Become a stripper/escort they make alot of money.

...They also have no self esteem, no self respect, and probably an excess amount of STDs. Thanks, but no thanks. (:
What's it like, to die alone? And how does it feel when tears freeze, when you cry? The blood in your veins is twenty below.
#30
The thing about writing books is that they take a long time.

You can't expect to just pump out stories.


Maybe going to college for writing will help refine your writing skills/habits?
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#31
I forgot to explain why I gave up on the writing idea. I mean, writing is good as a side job, maybe. But writing is kind of reputation based. I'm not sure if I can see myself spending my whole life trying to get known, finally becoming well known, and then dying or retiring. Or at least that's how it seems from my perspective. Feel free to change that, though.

P.S.
I've also considered photography, and threw that out for this reason.
What's it like, to die alone? And how does it feel when tears freeze, when you cry? The blood in your veins is twenty below.
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...They also have no self esteem, no self respect, and probably an excess amount of STDs. Thanks, but no thanks. (:

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I forgot to explain why I gave up on the writing idea. I mean, writing is good as a side job, maybe. But writing is kind of reputation based. I'm not sure if I can see myself spending my whole life trying to get known, finally becoming well known, and then dying or retiring. Or at least that's how it seems from my perspective. Feel free to change that, though.

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I've also considered photography, and threw that out for this reason.

Soooo not cool.
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#33
Quote by Izzy.
I have the same problem with writing books. Which is why I stick to poetry. For a while there I had it in my head I was going to join the Navy to pay for college, but that was when I also had it in my head I was going to Harvard/Yale/Oxford. The military doesn't really seem right for me. I'm not sure that I support my country very much, and I personally know people in the military/their family members, and from what they've told me, it's really deceptive. So I've explored that idea too.


Coming from someone that's in the military, you definitely don't need to keep a flag in your back pocket to be in the military. There are a hundred things I hate about this country. I'm not in it to "serve my country," I'm in it for the benefits. The education part isnt as easy as recruiters will make it out to be, but it IS possible, and they do pay for it. (I'm not trying to convince you to join the military at all, lol, just telling you how it is for me)

Since you love writing so much, I suggest becoming an english/literature teacher. Having the goal of making a living as a writer is good, and one that I have too, but it's like saying you're going to be an actor. Very few people that want it actually make it. As a teacher, you'll still be doing what you love and you can write on the side.

EDIT: Some of the most unpatriotic people I have ever met, I have met since I joined the military.
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#34
Don't worry about it. I'm a senior in high school, turning 18 a few weeks before I graduate which is in roughly 5 months, and I have no clue what I want to do either. I'm not really worried about it. I used to be, sort of like you are, but you still have plenty of life before you have to worry about it (assuming that you're going to college). I'm figuring that I'll just see what happens in college and find whatever it is I really enjoy doing.

I guess my advice is to not really worry about the future so much. You're young and shouldn't get too concerned about it, I found that relaxing about it has helped me feel better, actually.
#35
One of the few respectable careers out there is that of the priesthood. I reccomend you look into it, though I'm sure you already have given it some thought.
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#36
Why don't you try music if it's a passion of yours? It doesn't have to be in performing per se. You could just write songs for artists, or become a composer, etc.
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One of the few respectable careers out there is that of the priesthood. I reccomend you look into it, though I'm sure you already have given it some thought.

I actually haven't given this any thought. But I couldn't do it. I'm not religiously sound enough myself.
What's it like, to die alone? And how does it feel when tears freeze, when you cry? The blood in your veins is twenty below.
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Why don't you try music if it's a passion of yours? It doesn't have to be in performing per se. You could just write songs for artists, or become a composer, etc.

I never feel like the songs I write are good enough.
What's it like, to die alone? And how does it feel when tears freeze, when you cry? The blood in your veins is twenty below.
#39
Quote by Izzy.
I actually haven't given this any thought. But I couldn't do it. I'm not religiously sound enough myself.


Theres been priests and men of the cloth who have "touched" small children. So long as you love the Lord we will accept you into the flock.
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Theres been priests and men of the cloth who have "touched" small children. So long as you love the Lord we will accept you into the flock.

You're crazy. Lol.. I don't want to be a part of "the flock." Thanks, though.
What's it like, to die alone? And how does it feel when tears freeze, when you cry? The blood in your veins is twenty below.
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