it’s like bam! There it is… your whole life in front of you. I felt like I was directionless just drifting along. I just didn’t know what I wanted to do. It wasn’t like I didn’t have any interests. Maybe I had too many? Look, all I knew was that I wasn’t happy with where I was. How do you figure out what you want to do with your whole life? There aren’t a lot of us who have it all figured out from the beginning. But it’s important, at the start of a career path to figure out where you’re going. It will save you time and money in the long run. Ask yourself – What are my hobbies? What do I like to do? Then check out the fields you have interest in, and see what it would take to do them professionally. If possible, get an internship for hands-on experience. Or take a class in the field to see if you like it. Ask yourself – How much will I earn? Can I see myself doing this for the rest of my life? There are resources available to help you. The Employment Development Department’s Labor Market Information Web site offers a variety of job-related information. There, you can take a self-assessment for career suggestions. And be sure to check out their Skills Profiler which can help you explore occupations that require your skillset. Also on their Web site, you can obtain information on career demand, average salaries and employment opportunities in the fields you’re interested in. It’s important to get up and get moving but you have to know where you’re headed first. More information on selecting the career that’s right for you can be found at www.bppe.ca.gov.