Your grades are only one small measurement of your many abilities. And once you start on the path to your new career, they’ll be a distant memory. If you’re ready to take your future seriously, you’ve got to think beyond grades and start preparing for your career. Here’s how:
Develop a plan. Whether you want to work in business, healthcare, or information technology, it won’t happen without a plan. If you love computers and have a knack for solving problems, consider if a career in information technology is right for you. Or maybe you’ve always wanted a career where you could help others, just like you could in healthcare. Whatever goal you seek, chart out a path to get there, starting with career training.
Put your best foot forward–always. Whether you’re in class, on the internet or at a part time job, you need to present the very best version of yourself that you can. You never know who might be noticing you and you always want to make a good impression. Pay particular attention to what you say and do on social media. You don’t want an impulsive picture, post, or tweet to cross the path of the person who’s hiring on your next job interview.
Identify role models. One of the best ways to learn about a new career is by talking to those people who already perform the job you’re considering. Talk with family and friends, but don’t be afraid to also reach out to friends of friends who could answer your questions and might even be willing to serve as a mentor.
Explore your career as early as you can. An externship is a great way to learn all about your new career. You’ll have an opportunity to try out skills you’ve learned in classrooms and labs and to observe professionals in action. If your career training program doesn’t offer a chance to get some real world experience, then do so on your own! Volunteer or find a part time job in the setting of your new career. Get as close as you can to your new career right now!
Build your portfolio. Keep track of all your accomplishments in your work and personal life. Note the roles you’ve played and the responsibilities you’ve had. Create a professional resume that you can add to as your career experiences grow. If you’re not already on LinkedIn, it’s time to join the 364 million members who count on the site for digital networking. 1
If you’re ready to begin a new career, check out all we have to offer at Career Quest Learning Centers. We have programs in business, healthcare and IT, and we offer externships! Give us a call in Lansing at 877-481-4930 or Jackson at 877-365-8144. Your bright future could be just a phone call away!