As a teenager you may have many things on your mind, like owning the latest smartphone, caring for a family member or keeping on top of your studies. Something that many teenagers don’t consider as important can have a huge impact on their life, and that’s career planning.
As a teenager, planning your career path early will set you apart from your peers, and will be the driving force behind excelling in the workforce.
Understanding your career path& the importance of planning
Have you ever thought about the lessons that you excel at, the hobbies that you absolutely love or the causes that you feel strongly for? Now have you ever thought about what careers you could make at of that interest or passion?
For instance, if you excel in business studies, are a natural born leader & have an interest in the market, then perhaps the dream job for you is entrepreneur or business manager.
As a teenager in today’s fast pace, highly competitive workforce, it’s becoming more and more important to consider the education and training that you’ll need to get into your dream career.
A good tip is creating a career study plan before leaving high school. Discuss with your career counsellor or any other adult with knowledge regarding a particular career what education you should have for getting into your dream career. Alternatively you could read up online on what education you might need to get into your career.
Putting your planning into work
You’ve done the planning and now it’s time to put it into action. When in high school, be sure to select your subjectswisely.
A lot of people tend to choose the “fun” lessons or the lessons that all their friends will be in.
After school activities, volunteering and work experience are also two fantastic ways of starting off on your career path.
A few tips & tricks for career planning
When planning your career, there are a few smart tips & tricks that teenagers should know.
The first tip is looking into getting a School Based Apprenticeship (SBA). An SBA will give you real work experience & a pay whilst still in school. Also joining interest groups online or clubs are a great way of meeting people with similar interests and seeing how they’ve turned that into a job.
And finally, don’t forget that the career path you choose may not necessarily be the career path you spend the rest of your life on. If a job isn’t right for you, you feel like you should be somewhere else or you’ve lost interest in a career, then don’t be afraid to rethink your career path and change the direction you’re on.
Glenn Tarawa, December 2015