I am completely frustrated to the point of shutting myself in my room and getting stuck in the intertubes forever.
I simply can not find something that i am interested in that can be turned into a successful career. I looked everywhere for information on various jobs and none interest me. Same with College courses, there are some that are interesting but only that... i would never make a career out of them.
Please give me some suggestions or helpful stories as to how you found out your passion.
Put holes in happiness. We'll paint the future black, if it needs a colour.
When I was five, I wanted to be a fireman. When I was 12, I wanted to be an architect. When I was 25 I fancied I wanted to teach fine art. So much for youthful aspirations. I eventually got into graphic design because of student journalism and the dawn of desktop publishing. After many years and mis-steps I then got into the film industry because some key individuals already working in it managed to convince me I could find a home in it. I've been there ever since.
This is something of a compressed tale... it took a quarter century of my adult life to get here. I did not foresee the twists and turns I would take and that's fine with me. You however, may be different; I have friends who knew just what they were going to do when we were kids. I always knew I would be a painter, but the thorny question to answer was what I would do to pay the bills. After many years, my paintings sell on a regular basis, but I have always needed to make ends meet through other endeavours and I do not see that changing any time soon. You have to be able to be happy with your compromises - or be incredibly tough and never compromise.
Be patient. If you don't know what you want right now it's not the end of the world. Take a year off once you graduate and travel. That might press some buttons for you, suggest some directions you may naturally be inclined to follow.
You're young - there's much you can do. Good luck.
I think it's still true that the average person changes their career path 7 times in their life.
When I left high school all of my friends were forced into post secondary; some liked it, some dropped out. When my parents pressured me I told them that if I had to read one more textbook I'd stab myself in the eye. I wanted money and I wanted to work with my hands. I couldn't stand the though of sitting in a desk, I hated computers, and wanted nothing to do with books. So I learned a trade that mildly interested me at the time.
Basically you will always find work if you pick up a trade. Mechanic, chef, carpenter, electrician, plumber, massage therapist, accountant, hair stylist, blah, blah, blah... All of these things pay crap at an entry level but you will never had a hard time finding a job or doing odd jobs for people you know. You can get certified and even start your own business if you want.
I worked in my trade until I felt I'd gone as far as I cared to, and health problems got in the way. But I worked part time to pay my way though university. Not worrying so much about money in school meant I could take chances and build experience doing things that seemed pointless at first. When I graduated with my degree I had secured an entry level job doing something I loved but the pay was so poor I couldn't live on it. So I kept working at my trade part time. Eventually the entry level turned to full time and now I'm doing something I love. And I have random skills that I picked up along the way that make be better at what I do. Now I have an office, I work with advanced technology, and I read and research for a living - it's the only time in my life I can say 'I love my job' without there being a '...but...'.
I'm not pushing a trade on you and I'm not offering a solution, but you'd be doing yourself a favour by finding something practical that you might enjoy. If nothing else it'll give you a solid foundation of life experience to build a college/university degree upon. I always felt going into university too young was a mistake. Just because you learn to write it doesn't mean you have something worthwhile to write about.
I'm the last person in the world who should be giving career advice ... at 45, I still don't have one.
I've dabbled in dozens of fields. I've been a professional graphic artist, I've been a professional writer and critic, I've been an Apple employee, I've been a beauty contest judge, I've been a radio and TV personality and lots of other things. I've traveled a lot and got craploads of great memories, friends and family who love me, and enough money to spend my days writing too many ehMac posts.
It's turned out to be a very good life so far. So I guess my only advice is to try a lot of different things, because sometimes you end up quite surprised at what you're good at or enjoy because you've been exposed to something you didn't expect you'd like. I started off life wanting to be an actor or singer, and though I've done a little of both it's been the smallest part of my professional life.
I second the advice to travel, but beyond travel: VOLUNTEER. Give of yourself. Some people do that by joining the armed services, some through local charities, some through world charities, some through their profession (like firemen, etc). Watch, listen, learn and dabble. Life's too short to pick a thing at 20 and do that the rest of your life (though for a small group this path works well).
If you've got the grades and/or money, go to a good university and take general Arts. After a year or two a vocationally-oriented program will probably suggest itself naturally. Even if you graduate without settling on anything, you'll at least have some intellectual heavy artillery that you didn't have before.
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I'm on my 4th career in the 7 years since I graduated, and it has nothing to do with what I studied.
What I have discovered is I have a passion for variety... so I move along as I please.
Honestly, career is a bit of a dirty word with me. Persue what you find interesting, and you will be happy with what you are doing. If you find that you are unhappy, change careers.
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Maybe you could look into career counseling.
There are lots of non-profit or low fee services available in most cities.
Maybe you have too many choices and you need a mechanism to help you narrow it down a bit.
I know of a few careers that are rewarding and pay well:
Pharmacy, Speech Pathology, Respiratory, Radiography, X-Ray (sorry: Diagnostic Imaging), Medical Laboratory and Cardiac Technologists, Psychologists, Physiotherapists.
Of course, a career always take hard work. I think a lot of the posters forgot to mention that!