We are only a few weeks away from school starting up again. One of the goals of high school is beginning to get an idea of what you may be interested in doing for a career. Looking back on my high school days there are three things I wish I had done that would have helped me decide on a career. I want to share those with you in hopes of giving some ideas on clarifying how you want to spend the majority of your adult life.
1) Join a speech or debate team. Regardless of the career you ultimately choose, every job requires good communication. In my experience, even high-ranking officials in companies are poor communicators, and this gives you a chance to differentiate yourself. Learn how to give presentations to large and small groups, how to put together a presentation quickly and how to use technology to enhance your communication.
2) Intern and job shadow as much as possible. Any chance you have to narrow down the list of careers you want to have/not have is a good idea. Decide on a few places you would potentially like to work and try to set up an internship or job shadowing with them. There are paid and unpaid internships, but even if you get an unpaid on it will be worth it if it helps you narrow down your career.
3) Find a mentor. Is there someone you know who you admire as having a successful career? It doesn't necessarily have to be in the same field you are interested in, but they are successful in what they do. Ask them if they would be willing to help you narrow down the list of careers in which you are interested. They may also have some connections that will help you land an internship. Most successful people want to help others on their path to success, so don’t be afraid to ask for their assistance.
These three ideas can also be applied at the college level, but I recommend that you start earlier if possible. While they are simple ideas, I believe their impact on your future can be profound. So get started and good luck!
Matthew King, Co-founder
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