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How to Find Your Career Interests

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While children are often asked what they want to do when they grow up, this question can follow some people long into adulthood. Finding the perfect career is a struggle for some people. While you might know what you would like to do, turning your interests into a viable career might seem impossible. If you dislike your current job you might want to look at your other interests in order to determine the best career choice for you.

List what you like and dislike about your past jobs. Perhaps you like working with the public or maybe you hate working with numbers. This information is crucial in figuring out your career interests.

Look at your favorite hobbies and interests. While you might look at building bird houses or knitting as a way to spend your free time, you might be able to turn that into a career. You could try selling some of your creations online or look for careers that use those skills.

Take a career test. While you can find some of these online, you can find more serious tests at a local community college or adult learning center. These tests will ask you simple questions about your likes and dislikes and will figure out possible careers for you based on that information. One such test is the Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS). This popular 320-question test can be found at and you can take it for $18. A free test that may assist you is the Career Interest Profiler from These tests will give you an idea of what types of jobs might suit you.

Volunteer or intern at places that interest you. If you are a student and have no idea what your career interests are, this is a great way to figure out what you want in a career. Your guidance counselor will usually have information on different job shadowing opportunities. Pick one that interests you and try it out.