I’ve been mulling over a recent article from Bloomberg breaking down the career goals of 15-16 year olds.
Basically, most teens want to pursue one of around ten careers, including:
Based on what I knew about careers at age 16, I’m assuming there are two reasons for these choices:
But if you’re a teen thinking about possible future careers, here are a couple things to keep in mind:
You think being a lawyer is cool, but don’t know you’ll hate paperwork after two years of school. You want to be a doctor but haven’t found out yet that you get sick at the sight of blood.
Here’s the good thing about that: you don’t have to worry about finding your dream job today. Instead, focus on finding opportunities that are interesting to you. Then build your dream career from there by finding out what you do best in the world!
Imagine trying to explain to people back in 2000 that you could make money driving for Uber. Or writing tweets and making TikToks.
Exactly. It’s hard to fathom or plan for a career you don’t know is possible. It’s better to just get an entry-level job in something you’re interested in and build your career one step at a time as the market changes (and it will)!
I didn’t know a lot about available careers at 16, either. (Yes, I was one of those kids interested in being a lawyer)!
But one thing helped me get where I am today: I never stopped checking out new opportunities. After completing a mock trial, I realized that if I went into law full-time, I’d have a hard time finding work-life balance because I’d be so emotionally involved in the cases I was currently working on. So I moved on to other opportunities.
Psych! Yep, this means that, even if you’re sure you know your dream job, you’ll probably change your mind. Or the job market will have changed by the time you’re 20, and that dream job won’t be available.
Don’t let that scare you. This information has a plus side as well! Look at it this way: the degree is obviously not the signal that people are using to show their skill anymore. There’s never been more opportunity for you to launch a career you love by building it from the ground up.
In the end, instead of trying to find one perfect career path, here’s what you should do when you’re 15-16:
You’ve got this!
A show all about creating a career outside the boring, debt-laden, conveyor belt humdrum.