Congratulations on being interested in an important helping field. This area is very broad, so it is a good idea to get to know yourself better and then to get to know how you might fit into this field in a way that will allow you to be most productive and fulfilled. From my experience and the experience of others, here are some tips that you can start using now and when you first get to college.
So that you can identify which are of the career you might be best suited for, take and interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by a counselor.
Talk to the person at your school who works with and tracks graduates and arrange to meet, talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people who are working in the areas identified by the testing. Here are some tips on getting helpful information. ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ##
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## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ## You can do this while in high school and again whenyou first get to college.
Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people working in your career area of interest belong, so that you can get to know people and see what they do and find out how you feel about it. Here are some good 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 ## Many times these associations have on campus meetings which would give you an opportunity to meet and talk to upper classmen who share the same interests and can give you some helpful information. Also, these associations many times have internship, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities.
Here is a ste that will provide helpful information about your areas of interest. ## http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marjorie-hansen-shaevitz/post_9154_b_6865002.html ##
Expressing appreciation to those who help you by taking time to talk to you is very important. Whenever possible do it in person or t least over the phone, so that you can have a dialogue and get further information. Here are some tips, but substitute in person contact or phone contact when it mentions emails. ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ##