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When high school students ask, “What career is right for me?” the answer is often, “Follow your passion!”. So what if you haven’t discovered what that is yet? How do you find your passion? Experience!
Career exploration (and the career planning that follows) requires work, commitment, and dedication to seek out answers and find new opportunities, but by asking questions, testing pathways, and exploring new skills, you could find enthusiasm for a new subject and eventually discover a career..
Start by asking yourself some questions and writing down your answers. You can talk to a teacher, parents, or mentors to get extra feedback.
With some of your answers in-hand, set aside time to speak with someone who can help you begin exploring careers. A guidance counselor can offer career insight, might have worksheets or a career test for you to take, and can help you to start aligning some of your interests with career goals.
Today’s high schools offer a variety of ways to prepare for the future. From career-specific programs to earn-while-you-learn placements, the opportunities are there.
Outside of the classroom, there are several ways to build skills and explore different jobs:
As you try new things and build your skills, you will discover what things appeal to you the most. This can help you decide on a career (or narrow down your choices) so you can make a plan for your future.
Families might not know where to start the career conversation so Build a Dream has simplified the process. The #HerPower Career Guide is filled with career resources for women created from questions and data collected from workshops, expos, and research. The guide offers advice and resources, highlights under-represented careers to explore (especially highly paid jobs in Canada), and includes worksheets for brainstorming and tracking plans.
What career is right for you? It might take you some time to figure it out. Start exploring today!