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Five Ways To Prepare For Your Career While Still In High School

Author: Dale Smock

Five ways to prepare for your career while still in high school

There are several things you can do as a high school student that can prepare you to pursue your career dreams and give you experience to decide if it is truly something you like.

1. Go to a vocational or speciality school - Some school districts have vocational schools or speciality schools. Vocational schools allow you to get hands-on experience in a particular field, whereas a speciality school might tailor class to fit a particular subject.

2. Take college courses - Consider taking a college course or two during your summer break if you live near a university or a community college. College courses go in much greater detail than high school courses so you may be able to get a better idea of whether you like the subject or not. Just because you liked your biology class in high school doesn't mean you should be a biologist, because you may not really like the more advance topics in the subject.

3. Shadow someone in the profession - If you can find someone in your desired field that does not mind you shadowing them for a day, jump on the opportunity. Not only can you see what a day in the life is like, but you can build some relations in the profession.

4. Do an internship - Although many internships are only available to college students, there are some that accept high school students. If you find one that interests you, contact the company and ask if they would consider you. You may be able to get credit towards a high school class!

5. Get a related job - Try to get a job that is somehow related to your desired career. For example, if you want to be a veterinarian, work at a pet store. At least you will have experience working with animals! 

In Brief

  • There are several things you can do as a high school student that can prepare you to pursue your career dreams and give you experience to decide if it is truly something you like.
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