What do you want to be when you Grow Up?
One of the most common questions asked of children is ‘What do you want to do when you grow up.’ At an early age many of you will have had ideas without really knowing what a career involves. But as you become a teenager, you start to know a little more about your choices and begin to seriously consider one particular career path.
There are advantages to this mindset. Knowing where you are heading will mean you are far more likely to succeed.
Give Yourself A Head Start
Having some idea about the career path you want to pursue can give you a head start on other students. Try to secure a summer job or volunteer in the line of work you’re contemplating. When sending off university applications, documenting any work experience will show your enthusiasm and dedication to your chosen career path.
Some schools have realised this and will help you gain this type of experience. A prime example of students being given excellent career advice is from Leicester High, you can learn more about Leicester High here.. The more you think about options ahead of time, the more likely you are to meet your goals.
Holiday work can also give you the chance to see the job first hand, helping you to decide if you have made the right choice.
You Will Learn About Job Applications
You will be taught at school how to put together a CV and how to behave in an interview, however, there is nothing that beats real life experience. When you apply for holiday work, no employer will take you on without going through these recruitment processes.
This is all a learning curve, and no matter how much they teach you at school, in the real world you will come up against personalities that make the whole thing different.
When you have finished college or university and want to enter the world of work, your experience earlier on will prove to be invaluable.
Your Network Will Grow
Not all pupils realise how vital having a good network can be to obtained their chosen career path. You can attend trade shows, meeting with hiring managers, or attend talks in the industry you have chosen. Meeting as many people as possible that are connected to the work you want to enter into can be very useful when you’re ready to start.
The job market is more competitive than ever. Meeting business owners in the career path you have chosen, could give you an in and an advantage on the competition. Even if they have no openings, they may be able to point you in the right direction.
It could be that you have no idea about what you want to do, if so you could attend careers talks or shows to see what catches your attention.