If you are not as confident in your future, you still have time to plan before you graduate. It is advisable to start thinking about your career path in your freshman year. Your school curriculum needs to be tailored keeping in mind what you need to have to be admitted to a college program.
You can start all of this by exploring your interests. After that, determine the availability of internships and jobs. Next, start looking at colleges in your area and at colleges that offer the best choice for the subject in which you are interested. Here are the details.
It is said that if you can find work that you are passionate about, it will not be work. First, eliminate what you do not want to do. Some people do not want to be stuck in an office. Others want to avoid anything that requires too much math. What are you good at? What do you enjoy? Which subjects are easy for you? School counselors can help you match your strengths to an occupation. It doesn’t hurt to look around you at the industries that are already nearby. These industries typically hire students from the nearest university.
Explore Potential Careers
One teen decided to explore the field of radiology technician. She started by asking the person taking her medical images how he liked his job. He explained that the job enabled him to meet new people and that he had opportunity to specialize in different areas. The drawback was the limited availability of jobs in the area. Next, she looked up nearby colleges to see if they offered that degree. Finally, she looked online at job openings and read the part where the qualifications were specified. You should know what degree you need as far as Associates, Bachelor’s, Masters’, or any licenses or certifications you will need to get the job that you want.
More information about job descriptions and qualifications are found online with government websites such as the Bureau of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. There you can find salary, work environment and advice on how to enter a field.
Most counties and cities have their own career centers where you can get information about jobs, put together a resume, and even get some free training.
You may think it is too soon to get job experience, but if you can intern, volunteer, job shadow or participate in a work study program, you will have an advantage. You will not only make connections with employers, but you will build up your skills.
If you cannot find a career related job, a summer job or a part-time job after school in any field is still worthwhile. A job will help you know what you like and don’t like about certain tasks. Extracurricular activities at school or in the community can also help you learn about your likes and dislikes. These activities show future employers and higher level schools that you are motivated and that you have leadership skills.
Many high schools now offer college classes. As a junior or senior, you can take classes that count as college credits toward your chosen career. Some even offer industry certifications of licenses. Similarly, most schools offer vocational training that will prepare you for a job right after graduation. While college and vocational school is the usual path to a job, there is also training with the military.
It may seem obvious, but some teens don’t know that people who obtain college degrees make more money than those who do not. It may be tempting to ditch school and just get a job but trying to get your degree later in life is hard. Choosing a career based on what the employee typically earns in that field might be an important factor for some when they are making their decision.
Getting Ready to Work
While you are in high school, you can still practice being an adult. Be on time. Take responsibility for your school work, and dress appropriately. If you live in a small town, employers might even be aware of you. Keep your social media clean of inappropriate posts and pictures.