It’s never too early to start preparing for a career. Getting an education is more important than ever before. Although you won’t apply to college until high school, there are many things you can do to be ready when the time comes.
Discover your interests
- Research jobs and careers. Visit the Missouri Connections or MoSCORES websites to understand all the options out there. Watch this video to think about what you want to be when you grow up.
- Interview someone in the type of job you’re interested in to see what a typical day might be like. Watch this video to learn tips on how to interview a professional. Use this worksheet to help think of questions to ask.
- Start your first resumé by highlighting your accomplishments and skills. Use this worksheet and watch this video to help generate ideas on what to include.
Establish good habits
Choices you make now can help you succeed in high school and prepare for college. It’s important to adopt good habits early on. Here are some things you can already start:
- Spend time reading.
- Pay attention in class.
- Develop study skills.
- Join clubs or organizations.
Did you know?
A majority of jobs today require some education beyond high school. Some jobs require more education than others. You could take a short-term certificate program, become an Apprentice where you learn on the job, go to a community college or a four-year university. It all counts as college! The important thing to remember is that you have a lot of years of learning left – it doesn’t end after high school.