While elves can follow any path they choose in seeking out adventure, the various elvish cultures have different views on the assorted paths they may take.
Barbarians. While many people have the impression that elves are cool and collected, this is largely due to the fact that wood elves are not as often encountered, given their relative social shyness. Barbarians are actually not as uncommon among the wood elves as some might think, replacing fighters (alongside rangers) as the main defenders of their people. They often serve as physical protectors of a druid, the druid and barbarian acting as a team. Wood elves’ tendency to be more in touch with the “rule of the jungle” so to speak means that they are more comfortable giving into the rage that fuels them. They are seen as fierce guardians among their own kin, and druids that venture out into the wider world are often accompanied by a barbarian protector, who goes with the druid to better see and experience the threats the world can bring to bear. High elves, eladrin, and drow all view barbarians of their own race (whether of their particular subrace or otherwise) as curiosities at best, and insane at worst.
Bards. As fonts of knowledge and keepers of lore, elves of the surface all hold bards in high esteem. The drow are not a terribly sentimental people, and so they don’t place much value on followers of bardic traditions. High elves have some established bardic colleges of their own, but wood elves who decide to follow a bardic tradition generally do so alone.
Clerics. Elf clerics as often as not venerate Correllon, whom they credit with their creation. Elven clerics sometimes serve as advisors to lords and monarchs, though as a rule they stay out of politics directly.
Druids. Elven druids are most common among wood elves. The senior among them are often leaders of communities and work closely with rangers and barbarians to safeguard the sites their people watch over. Wood elves encourage their younger druids to explore and experience the world, to better understand the importance of their people’s self-appointed vigil.
Fighters. More common amongst eladrin and high elves, fighters are expected to fully master their craft and are held in high regard as representations of ideal martial devotion and discipline. While high elves and eladrin train their soldiers in use of the longsword and longbow, true fighters are expected to be living weapons unto themselves, equally deadly with any instrument of war. Wood elves sometimes follow the fighter’s path, though they most often resemble rangers, eschewing heavy armors for lighter protection and making the most of their natural dexterity.