Many students ask, "How am I supposed to know what I want to do with the rest of my life?"
How do we as parents and educators answer that question? It's simple. While we can't expect a 15 year old to have their whole future decided, we can expect them to research careers online and out in the real world.
Step 1: Research, Research , Research!
Now is the time for students to really start researching careers more in depth. At Union Springs High School, we have used a web-based program called Naviance to do various inventories assessing students learning styles, personality types and personal interests. The results of these inventories offer information about careers that relate to one's learning style, personality and interests. Students have saved "careers of interest" to their Naviance accounts for faster access at later dates. The career tab in Naviance allows students to view specific career descriptions, wages, training needed, and related college majors. Students are encouraged to utilize this program outside of school to get the most out of what it can offer.
The link for Naviance is off to the right along with other career exploration related links.
Step 2: Get Hands-on Experience!
While this might be comlicated with certain professions, if an opportunity to job shadow someone or to see a career setting in person arises, take it!!!
Call local businesses to inquire about setting up a job shadow. Find out about local camps or college programs offered to high school students. Medical and engineering camps are just a few that are often offered in the summer. The best way to know what you like or don't like about a career is to see it in action!
Step 3: Get Educated!
Take high school classes that relate to careers of interest. This is a great way to prepare for college or employment. The more knowledge you have in a field before you head off to college or employment, the more confident you will be.