7 Career Tips for Teens

Many parents of high school students today are struggling to help their teenagers think about and answer the million-dollar question "What do I want to do with my life?" The New Year’s resolution season is upon us and it’s the perfect time for teens to ponder their professional future. Here are some helpful career tips for teens.

Plan your career

It’s never too early to gather information about jobs with high earnings, great career prospects, and attributes that are so important to you. Make a solid career plan.

True, college education increases your opportunities for careers with high earnings, but this is not the case in all fields. Great opportunities await professionals and workers without college education who spend many years learning in-demand skills or crafts.

Finish high school

Almost all jobs require basic analytical and communication skills. Compared to professionals and skilled workers who finish high school and pursue higher education, high school dropouts face more challenges in getting hired and keeping jobs. While skills and experience are important factors in the hiring process, many employers put much weight on an applicant’s educational background.

Consider further education or training

Workers who have higher education tend to have higher earnings than those who have lower levels of education. In general, high school graduates have higher earnings compared to high school dropouts.

Also, workers who have postsecondary training are paid more compared to high school dropouts and high school graduates. Workers who pursue a bachelor’s, masteral, or doctoral degrees are more likely to have higher earnings than workers with less education.

Learn job search techniques and how to develop a good resume

After graduating from high school, you have to aggressively market your skills when you search and apply for a job. It will help if you learn job search techniques and develop a good resume. On the average, workers change jobs 8 times jobs by the time they are 32. So you must be prepared to change jobs and even careers until you settle for the one that’s perfect for you.

Gain experience as early as possible

As mentioned, employers usually hire candidates based on their experience related to the job they’re applying for. So gain experience early. Volunteer, internships, on-the-job training, and part-time jobs, are some ways to gain experience while you’re still in school. A hands-on experience will help you make smart career decisions later in life.

Acquire basic computer proficiency

You must always take advantage of opportunities to develop computer skills. Whether you decide to go to college and pursue higher education or not, you will still need some degree of computer skills when you do your job.

Value your abilities and personal interests

Don’t be discouraged to go after a career that you really like just because it’s a very competitive career. If your abilities and interests direct you to a field such as law, medicine, journalism, acting, or other competitive occupations, then go for it by all means. Just prepare yourself for the challenges and difficulties that may come your way.

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