It's never too soon to start planning for your future. Even if your career goal changes regularly, always have one that you are working toward!Always do your personal best. Study hard and work hard to make the best grades you can. A little hard work all the way through high school will make career planning and achieving your career goals after high school much simpler because you will have more options available to you. Have you heard the expression: "slow and steady wins the race"? This means that if you do the best you can do consistently all through the race you won't have to try to catch up in order to win at the end.Think about what you enjoy. Make a list of 10 activities you enjoy. Also make a list of the school activities, jobs, or volunteer work you have been involved in. Think about how you could link these skills to possible career opportunities. The list below offers a few suggestions of career options. Keep in mind that this is only a short list of examples. The possibilities are endless!
Decide on a career goal. This goal is not intended to limit your future, but to help you stay focused. This goal can change, but always have a goal. The career goal should be based upon the skills and interests you came up with when thinking about what you enjoy.
- If you like Music/Arts, you may enjoy a career as a: dancer, photographer, curator, cartoonist, disk jockey.
- If you like Science, you may enjoy a career as a: pharmacist, chemist, doctor, nurse, pilot, computer repair specialist.
- If you like Sports or the Outdoors, you may enjoy a career as a: professional athlete, recreational therapist, physical therapist, carpenter, surveyor, forester, zookeeper.
- If you like Social Studies, you may enjoy a career as a: lawyer, police officer, politician, real estate agent, urban planner, clergy.
- If you like Reading, you may enjoy a career as a: reporter, teacher, librarian, secretary, writer.
- If you like Math, you may enjoy a career as a: cashier, computer scientist, mechanic, accountant, engineer.
Develop a career plan to help you achieve your career goal. Once you have a goal, think about what you need to do to achieve that goal. What type of training will you need? Where can you get that training? Research schools offering the training. Consider joining organizations to help you network with others interested in the same career goal. Try to find intern opportunities to gain experience in your field of interest and make sure you enjoy the career you have chosen.