Career Advice Schools Don’t Teach You

When we think about a career, the first thing that pops in our minds is a job that you most likely will be doing for the rest of your life. This is very scary to think about because we all obviously want our careers to be something that we will continue to love to do. Well, how do you find that career? In high school, you’re given classes and you come in with a mindset that I just need to pass”. Then, the school requires you to take a test that supposedly decides what your career is, based off of the subjects you take interest in. However, I actually recently took one of these tests and I was given such a broad answer that left me with more questions than answers.

What do I do now?

That’s such a hard question to answer because initially, your thought is probably I have no clue and that’s ok. To really find out what you want to do, you have to dig deep. Everyone is unique and there is something in you that you love doing that maybe you haven’t even discovered yet. For example, one of my close friends just started producing really amazing videos which seemed to come from nowhere. No one really knew she was into videography, but she discovered her own passion for it and is now pursuing it and enjoying every minute.

Look Deep

What is something you enjoy doing that makes you feel like you’re not working at all? High school will require classes for you to take that sometimes you won’t even need, but during your high school experience, you need to find that one area you’re passionate about that you know you would love to do for the rest of your life.

What I did to find my passion

To find something that really stood out to me, I took random classes at school.I knew I loved business, but didn’t know what I loved the most in business. During my freshman year of high school, I took a marketing class and enjoyed every minute of it. Instead of doing regular assignments on paper, we had to actually call companies and promote them at a trade show hosted by our school.

Following through.

When I became a junior, the opportunity of taking running start arose and I decided to take advantage of it. If you aren’t aware of what running start is, it’s the ability to go to a community college while you’re still in high school. As I knew business was something on my mind, I started taking classes that were required for a business associate’s degree. Two years went by and I just wasn’t enjoying the classes I was taking, and the reason was because all I was doing was assignments. It was nothing like the marketing class I took freshmen year.

Started a business

At the age of 18, I started a business with my friends. It was not until this time when I really knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Instead of doing assignments for marketing, economics classes. I actually had to speak with people, find new ways to market our services., and I then knew that this is what I enjoy doing.

Conclusion

You see, school is a place to learn, do assignments, and take tests. I lost interest in business by attending school, but starting my own company made me love it more than anything else. Schools require certain credits in certain areas for every sort of degree for a reason. It’s through this process that students are almost forced to explore different avenues and directions that they may not have done before. This is why you should get involved at your school, truly be engaged and take advantage of what your school has to offer, because you never know what you’ll end up doing, and just maybe, loving.

Edited by Morgan Nyren

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