I think before we begin this article, it’s important to note that you absolutely do not have to have your entire career path planned out. Some people will, and that’s great, but if you don’t, then that’s also great. It gives you the freedom to discover new careers without derailing all your plans. Having some wiggle room (or plenty of wiggle room) is a great idea for young professionals today. There are now new careers and industries constantly being invented. This means there is no longer a need to have your career planned out at the age of 16 anymore.
But, if you are a planner who likes to know what is coming next, or you just want to get started with a career plan, it can be difficult to know where to begin. When deciding what career you want to pursue, if you haven’t spoken to enough people or done enough research, it can be tricky to pin down a career. So we asked industry experts and people already established in their careers… What made you choose your career path?
Here are their responses…
“Thinking that technology was an exciting place to be and that I wanted to help build the future and be part of it.”
– Selina, Technology Architect
“Opportunity to be creative and Money!”
– Ewa, STEM Ambassador
“It’s a boring answer from me – I loved science but didn’t want to work in a lab or as a researcher. My teachers persuaded me that an engineering degree would make me employable. Then I did an engineering internship, learned what it actually was and was hooked!”
– Nikki, Engineer
Hopefully, there is something in there that gives you some idea for a career plan.
Last updated March 2022.