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Advice on Choosing a Discipline

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Choosing a discipline involves getting to know the most intimate side of yourself, your interests, the things you love, your passions and skills. But this must be combined with the opportunities in the world you live in, the professions and jobs that exist and the possibilities that are open to you.

These two aspects, what you want and what it’s offered, will unite in one of your life’s crucial decisions. Making a good decision requires a process of self-analysis and information that not many can do. It’s easy to fall into the logic of thinking that those who are good in math should study engineering, those who write well are meant to be journalists, and so on.

So if you want to choose a discipline you might want to consider these advices:

• Manifest interests 
 The first thing is to ask yourself what is that you are interested in learning and which are the activities you enjoy the most. For example, sports, social life, helping others, organizing, online sales, children, the human mind, etc.

• Professions and activities 
Then you need to ask yourself what occupations relate in some way to the activities you enjoy. Your interest may be included in more than one profession, thus it’s necessary to prioritize and see what interests have prevailed throughout your personal development.

• Subject matter
 Once this is done, define the subject matter of the professions that interest you thinking about a specific activity you would like to perform in the future. For example, working with the human body (medical sciences), with animals (veterinary medicine), with plants and trees (forest and agricultural sciences), with children (educational sciences, etc.

• Preferable activity
 It is also important to define the action you want to perform with that subject matter. Investigate, sell, build, explore, entertain, create, defend, serve, develop, understand, produce, manage... The verb helps define what you want to do within a profession.

• Get informed
It is important to learn about the content and curriculum of the careers you choose to make sure they are what you imagined, and on their employment prospects (employability and average income).
During my own personal search, I struggled with the idea that I did not have a strong vocation for anything. But with time I got to understand that vocation and profession do not always coincide.

There is widespread belief that if we have to pick an activity, a craft, a profession, we must have a vocation for it. But this is not always true. Your profession does not necessarily express a vocation, and we can also develop a vocation without working at it, without making it a profession. Most people have a hobby in which they express their vocation and work professionally in a different activity.

A vocation is built with incentive, with work, with experience. It is a process that does not arise spontaneously, but develops over time.

So give yourself time and venture into the search for your own vocation.

Good luck!
- Soledad