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Career Tips For High School Students

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One of the primary goals of public education is to ensure that students graduate with necessary skills to be self-sufficient and lead successful lives. High school dropouts are four times more likely to be involved in criminal activities; drug and alcohol abuse and are more likely to be badly injured at work. As dropout rate rises, so does the number for teenager and young adult suicide.

Higher Education and the Job Market

Higher EducationEducation Week and the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center released a report called Diplomas Count: Ready for What? It explored what it means to ensure that high school students graduate prepared for both higher education and the job market.

The findings were highly disappointing and it has fallen on the shoulders of high school students to prepare themselves for their own success. Yet despite the increasing importance of education in the job market, more than one million students will fail to graduate from high school this year and or leave high school with the necessary skills to gain a fruitful first job with advancement.

High School Students Preparing For The Future

Finish High School

Whether that means finishing all four years, graduating early or quitting school and immediately receiving your GED (General Educational Development), almost every single career and job requires a high school diploma or a GED. Even McDonalds now requires potential employees to have a minimum of a GED and many prefer to hire college students. So rather you already know what you want to do for a career or if you have no idea, basic communication and math skills are essential for every job and every career. Lastly, several studies throughout the last ten years have successfully shown that high school dropouts have lower earnings throughout their lives and have more difficulty advancing their career or financial aspirations.

Consider Continuing Your Education

You don’t have to go straight to college immediately after high school graduation or receiving your GED. A lot of future college students took off a few months to a year before attending college. There’s nothing wrong with taking a break from your education. However, the longer you wait the least likely you will go to college. So don’t wait too long. You may think you will have plenty of time for college later, but consider how much more fulfilling your life will be if you can afford to enjoy it. Those who receive post secondary training earn more than high school dropouts and graduates. Go to college, find out what your passionate about, make it a career and thoroughly enjoy your life.

Research Career Information

Your education is an investment in you. When you place yourself in a college you are investing in your future, your success and how much your life contentment. The first step of any investment is research. Research what careers interest you. Learn what you like about them, what you hate about it and what you are able to work with when days are gloomy. No one has nor can anyone find a career that has nothing but positives. The key is finding a career that has more positives than negatives and one that make you want to go to work everyday.

Plan Your Career Once you find a career you want to commit to, find information on the industries that hire people in your career. Learn all of the basics about the industry you’re interested in and consider the favorable career prospects of the industry. Look into career / industry attributes such as earnings, career trends, advanced educational needs for career growth, Know where you want to start your career and have a plan on how you will reach your career goals in the industry you want. Having a solid career plan can affect your future prospects more than how much education you have.

Evaluate Your Personal Interests & Abilities

Lets say your very creative and your able to create stunning pieces of art, yet your not competitive. That could effect your ability to advance your career. However don’t put off a career that interests you just because it's competitive. If your interests and abilities draw you to a field like journalism, law, piloting, or some other competitive occupation—go for it. Just be prepared for the challenges and have a basic understanding of how you will face those challenges.

Develop Computer Skills

The world resolves around computers. Take advantage of every opportunity to learn new computer programs that can potentially advanced your career. Job and career searches happen almost entirely online and you will need to know how to conduct a good job search on employer websites, employment agency databases and career directories. In addition, resumes have been upgraded from paper, to electronically sent (email) and now into visumés (video resume previews).

You are the product that you are selling to employers. You will have to market your skills, abilities and your experience to employers. those who have computer skills are the top candidates for employers. They understand and have resume preparation skills, they have a basic understanding of what employer wants in a candidate and they know how to maneuver job search websites.

Gain Experience Early

Don’t turn your nose up to volunteer work. Learning by doing is a great way to approach a prospective career. You can learn what you love about a career and or industry. You may also learn that a particular job / career isn’t the career love you thought it would be. Internships, part-time jobs, and volunteer work are the best ways to get hands-on experience.

Keep Learning

There is no such thing as a person who knows it all. Take every opportunity to learn new skills. Socializing is networking and trough networking you may find a career opportunity that was never to be advertised. In addition, the more you upgrade your skills, the more likely your career will advance and adapt to future changes.

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