I have had many different jobs since I was 15 years old including landscaping, delivering newspapers, building equipment, working in a blueberry pack-house, stocking shelves, and many-many more. I was never afraid to get dirty to make a buck, which I view as a good thing. They say in high school, most students change their career goals over fifty times. At one point in high school, I wanted to be a policeman and at another point I wanted to be a captain of a ship. This is very normal for most kids to go through. The question is, how do you get a jumpstart on focusing on a career suitable for you?
Finding a career suitable for you
What courses do you like in high school today? If you enjoy more science and math classes and do well in these classes, you should start looking into a field that requires math and science courses. You may want to look into engineering, biology, chemistry, zoology, or maybe even physics. If you enjoy history and english type courses, you might be better off as a teacher or writer. These are the typical careers most guidance counselors are going to try and get you into, but what about other careers they may not mention?
You may want to look into procurement, supply chain, marketing, quality assurance, or maybe even packaging. These are all good paying jobs, which many high school students are not thinking about. There are a lot of Universities out there that have majors dedicated to these fields. You will need to achieve good grades in high school to get into these programs.
With this being said, you have individuals well into their 30s and 40s that still do not know what they want to do, so don’t feel awful if you are confused in high school or college. Try and continually improve each day. Do not pass up an opportunity, which can lead you to something great.
Strategy for your career
With all this being said, you need to create a game plan well in advance to make sure you are getting to where you want to be. The earlier you start, the better because you will have more time to prepare yourself. For example, if you want to an mechanical engineer, you will need to get into a university with a mechanical engineer program. During your schooling, you will want to do well in all your classes and possibly participate in an internship for experience. With this you are more likely to get a job as a mechanical engineer.
Make sure you are thinking about your strategy, creating a plan, and executing your plan. Don’t wait around for anyone else to help you because it is your life.