By looking inwards
By looking outwards
Listen to, talk to, or read about diverse kinds of people with interesting experiences. Reflect on how you feel when you learn about the ups and downs of different jobs.
Try to do some self-learning in subjects that you think you may be interested in. Reflect on how you feel and whether you think you would enjoy immersing yourself in these subjects for at least 4 years through university.
eg. If you think you may be interested in computer science, try out free online courses.
eg. If you think you may be interested in neuroscience, try reading a chapter or two from a neuroscience textbook.
Self-help books you may find useful
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Memoir describing life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
"Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference."
Anxiety Relief for Teens: Essential CBT Skills and Mindfulness Practices to Overcome Anxiety and Stress by Regine Galanti
How CBT-based skills and mindfulness techniques can help you manage your anxiety and reverse negative patterns. Through simple and effective exercises that help you change your thoughts, behaviors, and physical reactions, this guide gives tools to navigate life's challenges.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
A simple approach to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, and appreciate their parents, as well as tackle the new challenges of our time, like cyberbullying and social media.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness, so this book is a manual for performing better in both arenas.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
A research-grounded dive into the two different mindsets: Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset and why the secret to fulfilling your potential is changing one's mindset from the former to the latter.
Which profile matches YOU best?
Reflection: Determined Danny
Reflection: Exploring Emma
“I have many ideas.”
List out all the options you are considering.
Try to rank them or give them “points” for how interested you are in them. Explain why.
This could help you eliminate some of the lower options.
Reflection: Relaxed Riley
“I have no idea.”
What are jobs I definitely don’t want to do?
What do I dislike about these jobs?
Examples of concrete next steps