Developing Your Interests

Middle school is one of the best times to begin exploring the things that you are interested, not only in the sense of a hobby, but as a future career. This articles offers suggestions for coming up with activities you will enjoy and subjects you may have an affinity for.

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If you are in middle school, this is the perfect time for you to begin to develop your talents, and discover interests you may wish to pursue professionally in the future.

The first step in this process is to consider your abilities, and decide what are your innate talents. Are you good at subjects like math or English, or do you enjoy working with people? Maybe you have a musical or artistic talent, or are especially good with your hands and like to build and create.

Once you have a list of general interests, you can begin thinking about applying those interests to a career. Perhaps you like working outside with lots of people, or maybe you like working indoors alone. While you think about your interests, talk to people about their careers. You can ask them what they like and dislike about their jobs, what classes are important for the job, and how much education is required. You should also decide what sort of lifestyle you want to lead. Would you want to travel with your job, have to move often, or prefer to settle down? Also decide how important money is to you. Some careers may be extremely interesting and rewarding, but have very low pay. Many high paying jobs are fast paced and stressful, and require long hours.

Finally, there are resources to help you. You can read books on the subject or visit career related websites. You may also consider talking to your school counselor or take tests or interest inventories that will help you determine possibilities for your future.

Most importantly, have fun and don't give up the search. You may find that a little research helps you find a really rewarding career.

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