Get an early start on career exploration by trying out an internship or job shadowing opportunity. Internships and job shadowing are great ways to get some "real world" experience in a field that interests you. These types of on-the-job training give you a small taste of what you may face day to day should you pursue full-time work in that field.
Internships and job shadowing look terrific on a college or employment application.
Use this time wisely to explore career opportunities and narrow down your choices.
☛ Keep up on your school assignments.
☛ Explore some of the more interesting courses that your high school offers.
☛ Think about what kind of job you would like to have some day.
☛ Get experience.
☛ Ask the employed adults you know what they like and dislike about their job.
☛ Talk to your parents about school and your future plans.
This step involves comparing your options, narrowing down your choices and thinking about what suits you best at this point in time.
☛ What are my best work/training options?
☛ How do they match with my skills, interests and values?
☛ How do they fit with the current labor market?
☛ How do they fit with my current situation and responsibilities?
☛ What are the advantages and disadvantages of each option?
☛ What will help and what will hinder me?
☛ What can I do about it?
At the end of this step you will have narrowed down your options and have more of an idea of what you need to do next to help you achieve your goals.
Students talk to their parents about their school day. After spending all day in the classroom, you may just be too tired to rehash it all again at home.
But parents have experience that you do not. They can help you look at a situation more clearly and provide support as you problem solve. And if your parents will play a role in your college choice or contribute money toward your education, keeping them involved in your thought process will allow them to prepare emotionally and economically.
Parents are a great sounding board for important decisions.
Talk to some adults you know to find out if they are satisfied with their job. Many factors go into job satisfaction-job location, daily stresses, colleagues. Prioritize the top five or 10 things you want from your professional life and choose a career that you genuinely like to do, not just something that will make you a lot of money.
The more informed you are, the more prepared you'll be when you start your career.
Think about what you would like to do with your life after high school. Would you like to work in a busy office or do you prefer the outdoors? Do you like being around lots of people or are you more of a loner?
Complete our Career Cluster Activity to see what careers may best fit your personality and interests. Choosing a career that you like and you are good at will be a big part of your future happiness.
A good career choice "fits" your personality and interests.
Once you identify some career areas that interest you, take a look at your high school curriculum to see what classes may help in your career decision-making. Interested in journalism? Try a writing class. Interested in medicine? Sign up for an anatomy or biology class.
Taking a class can re-affirm your interest in the field and build on your skills. If you find that the class is not for you, you still have time to change course and explore different career paths. High school provides the perfect time to "sample" what's out there before you need to make a commitment.
Take classes now to help establish a direction for the future.
Now is not the time to let your schoolwork get away from you. Stay on track with schoolwork and plan ahead for deadlines. Spend more time studying the subjects that are the hardest for you.
How you perform in high school lets colleges gauge what type of student you are and lets employers assess what type of employee you'll make. Plus, you will learn skills in school that will last you a lifetime.
A good work ethic in school represents a good work ethic in life.
If you are the type of person who prefers an organized way of life, you may find this question a piece of cake to answer. But if you're among the majority of people who let life happen as it comes along, you will probably not have a smooth answer without some forethought.
Think about where you want to be three years after completing the MSc course and how this links into one of the following questions, your long term goals. If you are interested in joining a graduate scheme, think about how long it will be and the type of role you will be doing on completion of it.