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"Career" choice- How to reconcile curiosity with the times of specialisation?

Hello,
I'm a high school student and apparently, choices that I'll make soon might determine my whole life.
In order not to regret too much, I keep analyzing what really suits me best, but haven't come to a final conclusion yet.
I'm a philosopher "by nature", if it's not an obvious INTP trait.
On the other hand, I'm interested in a variety of subjects: genetics, neuroscience, psychology, physics, astronomy etc. These are the ones I'm passionate about. And although I decided to take mathematics and physics as my Higher Level subjects (IB school), while being a member of an astronomy club, I keep reading about cell differentiation, evolution, brain processes, and thus, I'm torn between different fields.
Eventually, I can see that all those interest emerge from my urge to UNDERSTAND. All of them are universal and connect clearly. I love space, life, DNA, genes and human mind. I want to know what are the laws of physics, how did the world develop what makes me the way I am. I seek for reasons and analogies.
In the past, it was much easier. There was little to learn, comparing to today's knowledge. Being a polymath was possible.
Now, that I leave in a century when a whole lifetime is not enough to get to know all the facts about one subject, I have to make a decision- should I specialize?
Well, I'm quite sure I could do it. Despite the many boring aspects that I suppose it includes, like lab work, I could become a geneticist, driven by my fascination, but it would require a lot of patience, as it is a pretty practical field, whereas I would probably like to even live only in theory.
Or maybe I should stay away from narrowing my range of interests (I know I could still explore other disciplines, but the amount of time would decrease) and become a generalist? Leave all the things that need specialization to those who see them as their only destinations, and, instead of trying to discover/ understand/ create something that could change the future/ improve people lives (basically have a positive, real impact), using superficial knowledge in some areas, try to show the direction in which they could go? Because, in the end, there will always be such people. (Yes, I'm highly motivated to do something influential :proud:. I'm not sure why, maybe it's because some feeling-useless issues, whatever.)
Maybe there is someone working in/ dealing with these branches, who could tell me whether I might be, not to sound pretentious, but too philosophical to commit to them?
I just need some help, so advice from anyone would be utterly appreciated.
PS. I'm sorry for any mistakes, English is not my first language. :tongue:
PS2. Yeah, it's my first post! So brave.
 

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First off i barley get what your saying(but thats probably just me).......second! not everything is set in stone, some things may influence your future but life sometimes takes sudden and unexpected turns. So dont think current choices will determine your whole future granted they still may be important to you. Anyway what im saying is shit happens.

Third!......um do what ya like or at least what choice you like better givin whatever circumstance your in.

I know.....im not much help.
 

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Thank you. I'm aware of this, but still I don't want to take on sth that is completely not for me. And I also know that even when I end up realizing my choice wasn't the best one, things I'll learn will contribute to my development.
And finally, my problem is that I cannot decide which one to choose. If I liked one of these choices more than others, I wouldn't struggle with the decision. Moreover, I can't really know whether I really like any of these, because I've never been doing anything professional in these fields.
I understand that many people pick a random subject they're good at and commit to it, or pursue something that will bring a lot of money, but it's not a solution for me.
 

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I can relate to this, I have passed through the same dilemma and I have no solution for it.

In the end I have chosen biology, but I still read a lot about astronomy, physics, psychology... my interests are similar to yours. Now, I won't regret my choice and I will chose something to specialize, get a master's and a PHD. I can continue reading about other subjects.

But I understand the problem: the more I focus on specialization the less my curiosity is satisfied and the more I focus on my curiosity then I'll be less knowledgeable and competent in my field of interest.

There is a feeling of "guilt", for not giving enough attention in my area of interest; I guess this has to do with enneagram 3.
 

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Pick a field that is general with opportunities to learn new things.
For instance I am a chiro however i have various interests from investing, psychology, physiology.
I can study neurology, nutrition, and perfect my adjusting technique with different approaches.
I can also take my money and do a little investing here and there.
Couple that with doing random research on marketing and communication as part of running a successful practice and I am happy.

i have integrated different interests in a field and I make money.
i can take a 2 year approach and make that my primary focus for instance I was really interested in learning about communication and that was one of the reasons I joined this site now I think I am decent and I move on to perfecting my chiro technique and technical skill.
after I get bored with that I imagine I'll look into investing.
 

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Choose a path that doesn't take up too much of your time. Your career is not the be all and end all of your life, so, whatever you do, you can do other things too. Become a dentist or something, someone who can work four days a week for a very generous salary, and then you'll have lots of time and money to pursue your other interests on the side.
 

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I'm pretty sure nearly every legitimate INTP has had this issue :p.

My bias answer to this question is to pursue mathematics. The skills you gain become the framework for any further specialization(s) you might choose.

One thing I noticed about learning is that most knowledge I've gained from school I could also acquire through a book, the internet, etc. Eventually I realized knowing facts about astronomy, chemistry, engineering, etc. is all well and good, but to be meaningful this knowledge had to be applied in thoughtful ways. So I concluded that to have a strong ability in many disciplines, I needed first to be fully competent in reasoning and problem solving. In my experience, math provides the most pure and concentrated framework for this ability. Philosophy to an extent as well, but it's accompanied by too much specialized memorization knowledge for my taste. Other disciplines will improve your problem solving skills as well, but as you noted it becomes very specific to the discipline and the ability isn't quite as concentrated since your attention is divided to knowledge memorization as well. At the very least, math buys you time to decide on which field to jump into, which tends to be an easy transition.
 
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