Whats the biggest struggle after graduation?
I am 17 years old and I am a senior in high school and graduating in the spring. I have talked about college options and discussed them briefly with my parents. I just would like to know whats the big step I can take before I graduate. I want to go to college to become a therapist or help special needs kids. #high-school #college #graduation
As for career goals, definitely try to get an internship the summer before your junior or senior year and look for clubs that align with your passions. These will look really good on your resume. Also utilize your career center at school. They may seem silly and dorky but they will help you hack the job market SO much and there is a lot to hack when searching for a job.
Finally, if you can swing it, study abroad a will open your eyes to so much and I would highly encourage it. Sometimes they seem unaffordable but there are loads of scholarships you can apply for that can make it reasonable and the opportunity with be so invaluable for you that it’s worth the cost. College is all about opening your mind and heart to a world outside of the bubble you grew up in and you should seize every opportunity that comes your way.
There are a few things that, looking back, I wish I focused on more in college. I thought that might be a good place to start:
- Utilize your friends, classes, services offered, or simply your free time to invest in skills that will be valuable both in college and later. This could be something as simple as learning how to cook, or spending time getting familiar with personal financial literacy.
- If you aren't working at the same time as you are a full time student, make sure you spend some of your free time in ways that are valuable and meaningful to you.
- While your major, internships, and extracurricular activities are all of the utmost importance for your eventual career, make sure you spend some time learning about things that interest you. One of my biggest regrets is not taking more classes that I found enjoyable or piqued my interest, as this is the time to enjoy learning!
- If financially viable, try and find a way to make a semester abroad trip possible. So much of college is about putting yourself in situations to experience brand new things, and this is one of the best ways to do it.
Best of luck to you!
There are a lot of careers that can lead to working with special needs kids. A college degree will allow you to work at some of the more specialized ones and ones that are higher paying.
Regardless if you go to college or not, you can work in this field. Schools are always looking for para professionals to help students in the classroom.