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how can i start preparing for my future career ?

I am a 11th grader looking into the business career. i am already taking business managing classes although i would like to get into a good college that will benefit me in many ways . how can i start preparing and doing ,to make sure i get recognized by a good college ? #business #college

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Caitlin’s Answer

Stefany,

Great question! You have received a couple of comprehensive answers but I want to add 2 notes of recommendation:
1- In regards to clubs at school, join DECA and/or FBLA if your school has these clubs. If not, find a local group! These are business focused clubs that not only promote leadership but also open the door to learning opportunities and ideas of what it is like to work in the business world.
2- Find a mentor! Maybe it's a teacher, maybe it's a leader of your youth club or organization. This person can help you along the way with things like applications, meeting new people in the industry or just answering questions for you.

You are on the right path, keep up the good work!

Caitlin recommends the following next steps:

Find online resources here - www.deca.org
Find online resources here - www.fbla-pbl.org
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Courtney’s Answer

Hi Stefany! Ken has provided some great insight around helping you find the right career for you above that I also think would be very beneficial. Another thing you can do to help you get into colleges and prepare for your future career is to get involved in things outside of schoolwork. Whether it be having a job, volunteering, or getting involved in a club at school, these types of things will help you meet different people and have exposure to other experiences. This will also show the different colleges you were able to juggle schoolwork and other commitements. If you are able to join a club or get a job in the area you think you want to persue, thats even better so you can get some exposure before college. But if not, it is still worth doing because you never know what you will learn and who you will meet!
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Ken’s Answer

Congratulations on being interested in finding the right career to follow.. It takes a special person to enter into a specific career field and meet the demands which that career area presents. The first step is to get to know yourself to see if you share the personality traits which make one successful in that area. The next step is doing networking to meet and talk to and possibly shadow people doing what you might think that you want to do 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.  When I was doing college recruiting, I encountered too many students, who skipped these important steps, and ended up in a career/job for which they were ill suited.

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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. You might want to do this 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 in 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 the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people 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 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. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. 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 ##
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