Your school probably offers many opportunities for you to learn more about careers. Your school may even have a career day every year. Career days are special days when people from your community come to your school and share information about their jobs.
Many people have careers that you would quickly think of if you were asked to make a list of jobs— lawyer, doctor, police officer, teacher, and so on. Others have careers you may not think of quite so quickly—editor, college admissions representative, Web master, criminologist, microbiologist, product manager, plant supervisor, or surveyor.
If you go to a career day, talk to as many people as you can. Listen closely and ask questions. Some people have always known what they wanted to do. Others have made choices based on experiences and opportunities that came along. People often go in different directions than they expected.
Some people want to be their own boss. Some prefer working for others, letting them worry about running the company. Some people want to travel. Others want to stay closer to home. Some people want to do a job that has little to do with their personal hobbies. Others want to combine their interests with their job.