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I'm having a slight crisis!

I'm currently a GCSE student at an engineering college (15). I really want to narrow down my career choices at this point in my life, this is proving difficult to me as I enjoy doing many things in my spare time.
So, what exactly do I enjoy? I'm an air cadet, I do tons of design in my spare time (usually web design, car sketches, posters...), I also do programming and love anything technological.

From these I have gathered some career choices that appeal to me:
Comms Technician in the RAF
Automotive Designer
Web Designer/Front-End Developer
UI/UX Designer

Now here's the crisis: I honestly have no clue whatsoever as to what career I'm going to choose. I understand that it's possible to change careers if I decide that one isn't right for me, however I need to know what I'll being doing following school! University? College? Apprenticeship?

I know it's maybe a little early to be thinking about these things but I want to be as prepared as possible.

Thanks in advance, =]
Sam.
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You just don't need to decide now, and part of the reason you can't make the decision is simply because you don't have the data to make a reasoned decision. See how your GCSEs go and what A levels you want to take. See how your A levels go and what degree subject you might like to do (if at all). See what modules of your degree are most satisfying or what sections of an apprenticeship.

Your intelligence, aptitudes and interests will all change and develop over the next few years and making a decision now to be a Comms Technician in the RAF is a waste of effort. You can't prepare for something when you don't have the right equipment. Think about having a career in technology, and then gradually narrow it down over the next 3-5 years as you see how your intelligence, aptitude and interests develop.
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You just don't need to decide now, and part of the reason you can't make the decision is simply because you don't have the data to make a reasoned decision. See how your GCSEs go and what A levels you want to take. See how your A levels go and what degree subject you might like to do (if at all). See what modules of your degree are most satisfying or what sections of an apprenticeship.

Your intelligence, aptitudes and interests will all change and develop over the next few years and making a decision now to be a Comms Technician in the RAF is a waste of effort. You can't prepare for something when you don't have the right equipment. Think about having a career in technology, and then gradually narrow it down over the next 3-5 years as you see how your intelligence, aptitude and interests develop.
Thanks =]

Really want to do something I enjoy, not something that seems like a chore to me.
Guess it's easy to get all worked up about things like this, especially when there's pressure from other people not to fail miserably ....

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Thanks =]

Really want to do something I enjoy, not something that seems like a chore to me.
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That's all fine, and makes sense, but you are considering a job that you won't start doing for 3-6 years time. Think what you were like 3-6 years ago and imagine trying to make decisions aged 10 about what you would be doing aged 16 - it doesn't make sense. You just have to keep alert to options, keep trying things out, and see where your skills and interests emerge.
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That's all fine, and makes sense, but you are considering a job that you won't start doing for 3-6 years time. Think what you were like 3-6 years ago and imagine trying to make decisions aged 10 about what you would be doing aged 16 - it doesn't make sense. You just have to keep alert to options, keep trying things out, and see where your skills and interests emerge.
Cheers, you've been a massive help.
Time to stop worrying and get on with school then I suppose!
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