Gone are the days when school was considered merely a place to solve tough mathematical problems, learn events in history chapter, or recite poems and rhymes. The current educational system has been structured to enable a child move beyond the traditional way of rote learning in order to develop a mind of their own to inculcate conceptual thinking and decision making ability among the leaders of tomorrow. After all, the school is the foremost fountain of knowledge children are exposed to.Hence school life comes as the first most counseling platform for children to inculcate the workings of life. Moreover, if you’re in high school right now, you’re at a great point in your life when you are mature enough to start thinking about your future and create an effective action plan.
To help the high-school students who would be thinking about one or more potential educational and career paths, we have listed a few must do things which can help you to make an intelligent decision and secure your dream career.
Check out the following tips to proceed to your dream career along with accomplishing the academic goals:
1. Visualise your dream and draw an ideal career
This world is a sea full of opportunities. You can see so many different types of jobs and careers in a wide variety of industries. What all you need is to shuffle the various options available to you and take out the one which you find to be the best for you. But, remember one thing, right now you have enough time to be a variant with your decision. So, even if you are fairly sure of a career choice, take the time to explore some more career options which can endorse your skills and potential in a better way. Examine your likes and dislikes and take a few career-assessment tests. Never let any barriers hold you back from finding the perfect career for you.
2. Do not let your plans hamper your school grades
Try to take most of this learning time, but don’t overwhelm yourself. High school time is the best to push yourself towards the challenges when you are already taking the tough and tight schedule of classes. Obviously, you need to stay focused on getting good grades, but don’t let your schedule to make you sick or exhausted. Be sure to include at least one fun course in your schedule. Also, the summer vacations are the best to diversify your knowledge by taking the short career oriented courses which can prove to be quite helpful in future.
For example: If you have a passion for something, such as photography, find a way to schedule a photography course along with your other academic preparations.
3. Seek work and volunteer experiences in and out of school
You know the fact that the more you are exposed to, the more options will open to you. Now a days, there are growing a number of internship opportunities for high-school students where they can have the real work experience. Working in the professional environment can get you the better idea whether you should pursue the same career in future or need to have some alternatives. Moreover, from a practical standpoint, work experience looks good on college applications and on future job applications or resumes. But, dear students, just remember that school and grades have to come first. So work only if you can balance your schedule and manage your time.
For example: If you want to pursue a career in writing then start writing for your school magazine or you can look for a part-time job at a local newspaper to write columns or blogs for the same.
4. Talk to the veterans about careers and colleges.
The best way to find out about different careers and colleges is to ask the experienced people around you and let them share their own experiences. They can give you a better idea of the courses and colleges available to approach your dream career. So, try to build a network of adults who know you and are willing to assist you in your educational and career plans. Besides your teachers, parents and other experienced people around, you can seek the help of career counselors to carve a path for a prospective career. You can also consider conducting informational interviews and attending the career counseling seminars.
For example: If you desire to pursue your career as a college Chemistry professor, visit a local college and ask one or more of the Chemistry professors to conduct an informational interview.
5. Follow your path, live your own dreams
Don’t spend too much time worrying about what your other classmates are doing or planning to do. Never let their opinions about your dreams and ambitions affect your decision. And don’t worry if you leave high school with no clear career path. Actually, that is what college life is all about. Don’t let yourself to be a part of the horse race. Everyone matures or grows at their own pace, so don’t feel the need to rush to make a decision now. But at the same time, don’t throw the excuses of having a plenty of time, instead start learning and researching potential career options as soon as you find yourself to be able enough for the work.
6. Don’t let others control your dreams
Consulting others is good as far as it is concerned to seek help but never let others control your dreams. Most of the students are often driven under a pressure to follow an adult family member’s career path. This comes as the worst thing that you have to choose a career to please someone else. Actually a decision taken under pressure can make your whole life miserable. So, just listen to your heart and make your future prosperous by taking an intelligent decision.
Thus, all the above said tips and suggestion if followed properly, can help a student start his career research when he is just working to accomplish his academic perfections.
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