Now you’re probably wondering how the heck you can find a job, keep a job, and explore different jobs. Well, all you need to start is a little help. Who can help?
- Your high school counselor can help to get you in touch with some job opportunities throughout the summer or during the school year. They can also help you do interest inventories to find out what you like to do, and they have a ton of resources on career exploration. One of the most important jobs of high school counselors is to help students plan for the future. Counselors can help you think about jobs that match your interests and give you ideas about whether you need to go to college or get other kinds of training before or after you graduate.
- Your local workforce center might be aware of jobs for youth who are still in high school. Workforce Centers also have a ton of general information on jobs and careers.
- Your parents/family members might be able to help you with this – they may have friends, co-workers, or business associates that have job opportunities. All you have to do is ask!
- Your life planning team should be able to help you do some exploration in this area. Anyone who is helping you to put together a plan for the future is on your life planning team. Ask them for help to get connected to a job or to just get more information.
- Your IEP team (if you have a disability) should introduce you to your rehabilitation counselor (also known as a DRS counselor) who can assist you in planning for college or technical college, getting a job, and/or getting any necessary accommodations on the job. An important task of everyone on your IEP team is to help you think about the kind of work you want to do as an adult and what classes and experiences will help you get ready.
- Mentors can provide guidance, advice, and help with decisionmaking. If you have an idea about the kind of career you want, you may be able to make a connection to an adult who is doing that kind of work already. That person may let you visit him or her at work, tell you how they got their job, and help you in planning for your future. Sometimes mentors become friends for life!
It's probably not a bad idea to ask yourself some questions about jobs, job training, careers, and the world of work. But what kind of questions?
Well, we have provided some for you. Complete the activity below to get a better picture of your interests, skills, and what is required for certain jobs.
Try a Youthhood activity: