Career Tips Every Teenager Needs To KnowBy David Thompson, UniversityHerald Reporter
Job searching is never easy, but with the right advice, you can find the position that's right for you. This guide contains everything you need to know about career planning as a teenager-from choosing the right college major to getting your resume ready and asking for that job interview. Even after landing your dream job, there will still be plenty of ways to stay motivated and advance in your career, so read on and find out more. With the help of these tips, you'll be well on your way to having an amazing career before you even graduate from high school.
Start with an internship
Internships can be really tough. But if you make it through, you'll have that much more experience than your peers when looking for full-time jobs. You might also meet mentors who will help guide you and give you valuable advice about the industry. Plus, many companies offer great perks like discounted gym memberships or cell phone plans.
This article is only the tip of the iceberg of what teens need to know about careers.
Get involved in extracurricular activities
One of the most important things you can do when you are in high school is to get involved in extracurricular activities. This will help you build your resume and make connections that will last for a lifetime. It's also a great way to develop skills and interests that could lead to a future career.
Start networking early
Networking is an important aspect of any career, but it can be difficult for teenagers who are still trying to find their niche. The best way to start networking early is by volunteering and getting involved in the community around you. Volunteering not only allows you access to more opportunities, but it also teaches you about responsibility and time management skills.
Build your online presence
To help you get started, here are a few tips on building your online presence:
Create a professional looking LinkedIn profile. Include a picture of yourself and list your education, work experience and skills. Use this profile to connect with professionals in the field you want to enter by sending them an invitation or request for connection. Get involved with social media sites that are relevant for your career goals, such as Facebook and Twitter.
Be prepared for job interviews
Job interviews can be nerve-wracking, but it's worth being prepared. Take the time to rehearse interview questions and answers in advance, so you know exactly what you want to say when the time comes.
Follow up after job interviews
You should follow up with a thank you note after a job interview. Even if it doesn't go your way, sending them a thank you can be the difference between getting called back for another round of interviews or not.
Consider further education
If you're still in high school, there are many ways to prepare for your future. A four-year degree is the most common way of obtaining an education, but it's not the only option. You can always decide that you want a career that doesn't require a degree, such as becoming a doctor or lawyer. You can also enroll in trade school or community college for vocational training and even earn an associate degree in one of these areas.