What steps should I take to broaden my opprotunities for a possible career?
Should I think about enrolling in college classes? Should I also think about doing trade school, or is it all based on what i want to do for a career? What should i do if i dont exactly know what to do?
Drew Peake, MSME, M.Eng., MBA, PE, FNAFE, DEE, CIH, CSP
Finally, back to your question. It doesn't matter what you do as long as you enjoy life. You are young enough that you can do it all. Study engineering, study education or go to trade school. You can do each if you just pick something and move forward. Talking with people who are doing those professions may help you make up your mind.
Drew recommends the following next steps:
Margie recommends the following next steps:
- does what your passionate about about require college cores? trade school? specialized certificate? depending on those you can look at different options
- try a few things, if you have a multiple passions try them all out and see what you enjoy now
2. you don't have to decide now, while there are some (social) benefits about going to college right after high school. you can always go to college at any age. If you need to take a break, work, find what your passionate about first before hopping into school then go do that instead.
3. Don't feel stuck in career path, always know that at any point you are able to leave that position at any time to do something else.
Lisa recommends the following next steps:
To broaden you horizons for a career try volunteering in an area that might interest you. This may limit the types of jobs that interest you. Also take some classes that appeal to your educational background. There is so much to learn at college, you could double major in two subjects. These two subjects could be opposites or similar dependent on which area you want to work in.
Ask you career counselor for advice on what is available for those that are unsure where they want to work. Summer jobs could also be an option for you. Research college job boards too as they cater to students.
Also look into career personality tests that are available online.
We would say enrolling in college classes would be helpful, but not the only way to go. So we would advise you try as many things that might interest you as possible. A few ways to do this are internships: don't be afraid to look for these type of opportunities, even if they are unpaid, they will give you a great insight of a company/type of work. Volunteering into activities is another action you can take to learn what may interest you with actual on-site action, this will also allow you to network and connect with people that may open opportunities, and even just conversations that may be of help to understand more of what you would like to do.
Make use of any type of assessments done in school about your preferences or strengths and start with those. If you have not taken any, look for some free, online one, this will give you a good starting point. Then match those characteristics to a few career options and look for opportunities that may give you a real life experience.