It’s important to think about what you like to do, say school counselors, because work will eventually be a big part of your life.
“The whole purpose of thinking about careers is so that when you go to the workforce, you wake up in the morning and look forward to going to work,” says Julie Hartline, a school counseling consultant at Cobb County public schools in Smyrna, Georgia.
The first section talks about exploring your interests.
The second section highlights the importance of internships, jobs, and other opportunities for getting experience.
Once you’ve thought about the subjects and activities you like best, the next step is to look for careers that put those interests to use.
If you love sports, for example, you might consider a career as a gym teacher, recreational therapist, or coach.
“The high school years go very quickly.” Most people need some preparation before they’re ready for the workforce, and planning should begin long before it’s time to start a career.
This could include taking technical courses during high school or, after graduating, attending a college or university to earn a certificate or a degree.
The O*NET® team has designed a set of self-directed career exploration/assessment tools to help workers consider and plan career options, preparation, and transitions more effectively.
They also are designed for use by students who are exploring the school-to-work transition.