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How do I know what career might be good for me?

Career Exploration

What do you like to do? Don't limit it to what classes you attended in the past or what your degree is in. Often you can end up in a situation because you feel that you have to do it rather than you really want or like to do it. What are your interests and what do you follow on a regular basis?

Let me give you an example. Not too long ago I ran across a woman who served me an ice cream cone out of a small local ice cream shop. She was very enthusiastic about the ice cream that the store sold. I started up a conversation with her. Turns out she was not an employee rather she was the owner. I asked her how she got started. She told me that she always loved ice cream and at home she would make batches for herself. Family and friends of hers raved about her ice cream whenever she served it at gatherings at her home. She finally had it with "the corporate world".

She was by trade an engineer. I learned about what was involved in the making of great ice cream starting with ingredients, machines, temperatures, flavors, etc. Clearly she was passionate about her craft and looked forward to every day where she could find a way to make her ice cream better and create new flavor options for her customers.

I have heard similar stories from candy shop owners who got started this way or even from current store owners who got their start as an employee then buying out their employer. These are not the only success stories that are out there. Think of who is successful at what you would like to do. Then find out about their story. Where do you think you would find them? At their place of business? At a meeting of business owners - chamber of commerce? At a conference or exposition of some sort? Most like to talk about their stories. From this you can gain some insight as to what a career or business in a field you would enjoy working in would be like and if it is for you. Best wishes to you.

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