If you’ve already settled on a career, that’s great. If not, that’s great too. One of the awesome things about college is that it’s a place you can explore different careers and discover the one that’s right for you.
We want to help you kickstart that process and get on the right track as early as possible, so you can get into the college that supports your goals and will serve your future career well—whatever it happens to be.
Try following these useful tips:
List Your Skills and Interests
Your school choice may be based partly on the career you select. An inventory of your interests and skills is the first step toward making a career decision. Make a list of things you enjoy doing and do well. If you have any skills you have gained from work, extracurricular activities, or volunteer work, list those as well. Once you’ve completed your inventory, see if you can identify a common thread. You may wish to take a Personality Assessment test at a Get2College Center. We will give you a personality assessment to look at different aspects of your personality. You will also take an aptitude assessment to measure your verbal, numerical and general learning ability. We’ll combine these two assessments with your interests and work values to explore possible careers.
Look Into Prospective Careers
After you’ve determined your interests, you are ready to research different careers. Check out our listing of links to helpful career sites. Also consider using an Internet search tool to discover other sites. Resources are available at your public library, through your high school guidance counselor or at the Get2College Centers.
Do Some Personal Research
As you narrow your choices, try to find out what your prospective careers are really like. Talk with people who work in fields that interest you, and spend some time with them at their job site, if possible. Another way to gain knowledge of a specific career is to work in that area as an intern.
Find Out What Else You Need To Do
Once you’ve settled on a career, determine what preparation you need. If specialized training is necessary, find out which schools offer the required training. Determine if your career requires you to take certification exams after college and if you need to earn an advanced degree.
Schedule a Free Career Exploration Session
Your nearest Get2College Center can help you discover what careers might be right for you. We’ll use a personality assessment and other indicators to help you discover your true strengths and interests, and explore careers you might enjoy beyond college. So contact us today for more information.