You asked a very important question. The answer really depends upon how your interests and personality traits align with people in the various career areas. The first step is to get to know yourself to see if and how you share the personality traits which make people successful in nursing and the other areas which you mentioned. The next step is doing networking to meet and talk to and possibly shadow nurses and the other professionals which you have mentioned to see if this is something that you really want to do, as a career area could look much different on the inside than it looks from the outside.
Ken recommends the following next steps:
- The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field.s which you mentioned. You might want to do this now and again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take from now on through high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
- Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to peopole at your current school and your high school to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people who graduated from your school who are doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
- Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations are very welcoming to students, as they like to be able to help people like you in selecting and engaging in appropriate career areas. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
- It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##