You’re about to graduate from high school, or you’re entering your first or second year of college, and the time has come to make some serious decisions about your career. And as far as you can tell, the stakes are incredibly high. If you get this right, you’ll be getting paid to do exactly what you love for the rest of your life. If you make a single misstep, you’ll be forever locked into a cycle of drudgery that will drain away your youth and leave you at the brink of retirement with no savings, still haunted by unmade payments on your student loans.The stakes are not as high as you might think. Most people change careers at least three or four times throughout their lives, and no professional commitment is ever permanent. But before you make a commitment to your first—not your only—career path, you may want to avoid these common mistakes.