Finding Your Dream Career Before College

23 Feb

Let me paint you a picture:

When you first start high school, you don’t have much experience in the work force. You are trying toStudents and Careers figure out who you are, meeting new people and worrying about what college you want to go to because everyone keeps overwhelming you with questions about where you should go for school. You try to sound smart, show off and listen to your parents tell you where you should go because you want to make them proud. You want to make everyone proud and that’s great.

What you don’t know, is whether your parents choice of a career is the right one for you.  You are wondering what it’s like working in the field you dream of and what life may appear to be if you are successful in the profession.  You are concentrated on the result of hard work.

The right solution is to SHADOW A PROFESSIONAL WITHIN THE FIELDS THAT INTEREST YOU.  The truth is many professional are anxious to share their time with someone interested in their profession, as long as they are not too busy with work. I wish I would have thought of this before I went to college. I am happy to share this with everyone who just doesn’t know what they want; it’s okay because you don’t have experience. When you do get the experience, you make decisions based on what you know versus your assumption. Then it will be a great time to decide what college suites you, which saves money and aggravation.

It’s also important for parents to understand that a young individual doesn’t always know what they want by 18 years old. The only way for them to find out is to get the experience. It’s not a good idea to wait, find out now.

Key Tips:

Step 1: Make a list of occupations that you enjoy based on hobbies, course grades, dreams, and achievements.

Step 2: Research these fields, and narrow down the ones that interest you the most.

Step 3: Network, contact companies and professionals in the field, to shadow them throughout the day for a short period of time. This is also a great way to network and set up an internship before everyone else.

Step 4: Be consistent and keep in contact with the professional that works in the field of your interest.

Step 5: Keep your grades high; most likely, knowing your goals and what you want motivates you to do well.  Do not get distracted by following others that tend to slack and do not strive to achieve their future goals.

Good Luck!

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