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Deciding whether or not to continue your education after high school isn’t really an option today. The question you should be asking yourself instead is: What education and career path is the best fit for you?

Your answer starts by thinking about your interests and skills. Defining what like you to do and what you’re good at is a great way to narrow down your options. Understanding your interests will help you choose a career that’s exciting for you (rather than just working for a paycheck). And, thinking about your skills will make sure that your chosen career will use your strengths and be natural for you to learn.

To help you get the idea, see how these students’ interests and skills match with their career and education options.

Skills Interests Career Education Needed
Sasha Organizational skills, calming people Helping people, medicine, playing with children Nurse (Licensed Practical Nurse) Two-year associate degree
Jose Math, measuring, building models, drawing Bridges, history, canoeing Engineer Four-year bachelor’s degree or higher
Amy Good at science experiments, teaching Hiking, reading, identifying plants Biology professor Ph.D. (starts with bachelor’s and master’s degrees)

Exploring Your INTERESTS

You can explore your interests by taking a free career interest inventory. The results suggest careers that may be good matches for you.

If you are in grades 6-8, you can use the Drive of Your Life interactive game to see where your interests may take you. Test drive careers in a car custom-built for you!

You can also keep track of your interests in a journal or on your computer. Eventually, you may notice themes that may help you identify a good career for you.

Exploring Your SKILLS

You can explore your skills by taking a free skills assessment linked to a career interest inventory. The results suggest careers that may be good matches for both your interests and skills.

Here are some questions to help you think about your skills:

  • What do I like to do?
  • What do other people say I am good at?
  • What things do I spend a lot of time practicing?
  • What things do others ask me to help them with?

Exploring CAREERS

Already have a good idea which careers might be a good fit for you? Take a look at current salaries, types of work, the education level you’ll need and more from Learn More Indiana’s career exploration resources.

And, remember: The difference between a job and a career is the difference between what you do today and what you will do in the future. Finding your passion is the best way to pick a career that will suit you for the long-term.

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