- Do mini-internships - If you think you might be interested in a career but aren't sure, volunteer to do a four-week internship with someone already doing the job. There's dual benefit to doing this; you'll have a clearer idea of whether the career is for you and you'll do some great networking with someone who may be interested in hiring you after the internship.
- Talk to lots of people in different career areas - Find people in career areas, buy them a cup of coffee, and interview them. What do they love about their job? What do they dislike? If they had it to do all over again, would they choose the same career? Aside from learning a lot about different careers, you'll also build up your networking base.
- Do the "Up All Night" Test - Think about things that you love to do so much that you'd stay up all night either doing or talking about it. Maybe you'd talk into the wee hours about politics, or maybe you'd burn the midnight oil helping a friend with a problem. List out the things you'd stay up all night doing then look at jobs where someone will pay you to do it.
- Don't let someone project their passion on you - Just because Dad is a surgeon or Mom is a lawyer doesn't mean you have to follow suit. Your career is for you, not someone else, so don't be intimidated into a career because someone else says it's a good career.