One of the Wisest Investments You Can Make
Taking the time and making the effort necessary to make an informed career decision is one of the wisest investments you can make. Engaging in a series of career exploration processes over time greatly increases your chances of finding satisfying and supportive work that you can build on over the course of your lifetime. Besides, digging into some career research today could save a lot of time and money, and make it possible for you to start creating the life you want - sooner than later. Last but not least, it can be exciting to discover occupations, which are interesting to you and match up with your work and life goals. Include your friends, family, and school guidance counselors in the process to make the process easier as well as more fun and informative.
It's all about figuring out who you really are and what types of work are therefore a fit for you. Occupation research, work experience, time, and continual self-reflection helps us get clear about who we are and what we want. Use the resources in the Self-Evalution section to gather more perspective about yourself and what type of work could allow you to thrive.
Find a variety of career exploration tools that can help you reflect on who you are, research occupations, find out where the jobs are (ie. that pay), get information from real world professionals, watch videos of professionals in the workplace, and more.
It's important to dream big. It's equally important to figure out if and how dreams can become a reality. When people strike that balance, they find work that they love, have regular employment, and make enough money to achieve their financial and life goals. Check out the Reality Check section for more guidance on how to make the wise career decisions.
Informational Interviews are a great way to network with professionals, learn about positions that are or will become available, and/or learn about occupations you are interested in. The primary purpose of informational interviews is to learn about a job, career, business, and/or the education, training, and certification needed to do a specific job. It is not a job interview, but it is a fantastic way to develop a network that could help you find a job in the future.
If you are going to a public high school, go to your guidance counseling department / student services to find out what resources are available.
Think about adults in your life who might serve as a resource. Then talk with them about what you are trying to do and see if they are willing and able to help.
The Franklin Hampshire Career Center offers a wide range of supports: workshops, guides, computers, disability employment services, and more!