I've went to college for Welding but have been very unsure if that's the type of career I've been wanting to pursue. I like welding. But recently it's been hard to focus on myself and what I actually want to do. I was going to go for a 2 year diploma but haven't been feeling very good about everything, so I quit at the end of the semester. I've been wanting to do different things as well. I'm introverted and usually spend my time in my room. I cant afford to go to therapy so I've been on a whim of applying to different places and seeing what happens. But haven't been sure what jobs are really for me. How do you know what you want to do? Or where to go?
Hey cassy neudecker , an introvert personality isn't necessarily a bad thing for your career. There are plenty of in demand high paying careers that are a great fit for introverts.
Knowing the jobs and careers you don't want to pursue is a good start. Think about the basics...
Workplace - do you see yourself working outdoors or are you more attracted to indoor/office environments.
Interests - do you see yourself involved in the product building/creating process or are you more service orientated.
Values - at the end of the work day. What accomplishments inspire pride for your contributions.
Consider these items as a starting place then research careers that closely align to your preferences.
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It sounds like you are really struggling with what to do in your life at this point in terms of work. I'm concerned that part of your inability to focus or make a decision may be due to some depressive symptoms. Therapy can be expensive, but community mental health centers provide therapy on a sliding fee scale, so the cost would be minimal if you decided to attend. It may help you to determine if you have depression, as well as help you decide where you want to go at this juncture of your life. Colleges also have testing for what type of jobs would appeal to different individuals, so you might want to go back to the college where you got your welding training and ask for career assistance. One thing I always suggest to my clients is to sit down and make a short-term goal list and long-term goal list. Both of these can be helpful in determining what you need to be doing in terms of meeting those goals, including employment.
It is not unsual for people to have several career interests, so you don't have to lock yourself into just one career or job. You could try a job in welding and if that is not what you want to do, then try a job in another area that interests you. I hope this helps.