Too many students graduate from colleges (2- and 4-year) and find that there are no jobs available for the degree they've earned. It's important to begin career exploration in high school and take it seriously to save time, money, and effort. You can explore careers in high school through community experiences, such as volunteering, job shadowing, part-time employment, and internships. Keep the exploration process and conversation going as your student's interests expand, skills improve, and new doors are opened to him/her.
Volunteering is providing assistance to improve the quality of life for the people in the community through environmental, personal, cultural or civic involvement. Community experiences help students apply skills and knowledge, develop workplace skills, and gain valuable experience. Students will also make important contacts that may help reach personal goals. Community experience also fosters the development of a sense of caring for others.
Students may be involved in community or service activities throughout high school. This may be in a form of a class or club activities such as food drives, tutoring younger students, organizing a campus clean-up day, or coordinating events that promote goodwill.
Many career centers organize volunteer programs. These programs offer specific steps in helping students begin volunteering. They may help prepare volunteer projects, offer connections, and record volunteer hours.
Experiences may be organized through a class or pursued independently through the Career Center. Students may explore a variety of careers through:
- Informational Interview
- Internships or Mentorships
- Paid Work Experience
- Career Fairs
- Company Tours