Many high school students simply do not know what to say when they are asked, “What are you going to do after you graduate high school?” And while the answer to that question will certainly affect the student for many years, students should remember that it is not a decision that cannot be changed later. High schoolers should learn all they can about different careers via online research, identify areas that interest them, and then find out what it takes to get started in the careers that interest them most.
There are numerous ways to find out about potential careers. There is certainly a vast store of knowledge available online, but at the same time, don’t neglect talking to people. A lot can be learned about different career fields simply by asking people who work in different areas to tell you about what they do for a living. For example, if you happen to meet someone who looks like he is having fun doing his job, ask him to tell you about his job—what led him to this type of work, what preparation was involved, what he likes about it, what challenges he faces with the job, etc. Most people will be happy to speak to interested students, especially about their own work.
When you are just getting started trying to find a career, you might be lost as to where to start. What should you do? What type of field should you try? The best place to start is to look at careers related to things that you enjoy doing. However, that doesn’t always lead to obvious careers.
Another good way to get started is with career surveys. Most high school guidance counselors will have access to career surveys to help guide students, but the Internet can also help here, providing access to hundreds of different surveys, often for free.
Be careful when searching for and using online career surveys. Plenty of surveys and sites are designed to sell youtheir products and services. To find less biased surveys, look for sites that are related to college or government agencies. Some sites, such as this one, help you search out college majors that match your interests. Other sites such as Career One Stop can help you assess your skills and interests and then point out different careers that are related to specific things that you like and enjoy.
Source: Crosswalk | Jeffrey Ober, http://www.Ober.org