Quality Assurance Manager
I plan features for web software and I test the software to make sure everything works as intended.
Learning / Being Challenged
Day to Day
I go to collaborative meetings where we discuss different designs, ideas, and challenges. I also sit at my desk and do research / learn. Much of what I do is planning ahead and making lists. When the time comes, I use my research and lists to test the software. I go through all the different scenarios a user might encounter and report any issues I find. I send emails to coordinate work and ask questions.
Advice for Getting Started
Here's the first step for high school students
Learn how you learn. Being self-aware and practicing learning as a skill will help you. Learn about people and the world - learn to see things from different perspectives. Practice giving and receiving criticism gracefully. Also, I suggest developing some computer proficiency (whether it's making an app, using spreadsheets, something artistic, or playing video games, get comfortable at something that uses software and keep building on that knowledge).
My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead: