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How to Choose a career path worth loving Everyone knows that going to college and getting a degree is a great decision to make, but not everyone knows what they want to study once they get to college. An education is a priceless thing to have, and choosing what it is you want to be educated in is no easy task. Here are a few steps to take to ensure the right decisions are made before the big move to a university. Discover more about yourself. It sounds cliché, but knowing who you are, your likes and your dislikes, and what you’re good at play a major role in whether you hate, like, or love your career. For example, choosing a business major is a promising career path: there are many opportunities, the education can be applied anywhere, and inheriting Dad’s business is insurance against poverty. However, if spending summer afternoons crunching numbers in Dad’s store wasn’t necessarily a pleasure, then doing it permanently may not be right. If writing short stories or poems is what is preferred, then a career path in English or journalism may be more suitable. Seize every opportunity. Welcome any new experiences, even if they seem dreary or unimportant. Having an open mind about opportunities will help with step number one, and will also present new skill sets and knowledge that may be handy to have later in life. Don’t shun chances simply because it sounds boring or there is something better to do. Take r isks and slow down. The future isn’t something to gamble with, but it’s something to bet on. Take the class that seems interesting instead of chemistry; just be sure to complete unit fulfillments at some point. Racing through college to graduate isn’t as glorious as it sounds either. By the time graduation day comes, not taking those particular classes will possibly be something to regret. Take time to explore new things while in the first two years of college life. Just don’t piddle the time away, because after four years in community college, an education will suddenly sound less appealing. Pick something. After spending a couple years in topical exploration and gaining new skills, choose a path. A decision has to be made at some point, and the last two years in college shouldn’t be spent in indecision, they need to be spent in training for a career. Experience gained in the field chosen will be an excellent and irreplaceable mark on an résumé.

These are priceless years in a young person’s life so don’t waste them. Make the most of everything possible and enjoy them as much as is possible.

RHAGEL How to choose a career you love