Preparing Your High School Student for a Career

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During this important time in your high school student’s life, they’re just beginning to explore their interests and the possible career paths. Your support is vital to making that exploration comfortable and exciting. To aid you in your student’s journey, here are several ways you can prepare your high school student for the career of their dreams:

Offer words of encouragement

As your student goes through high school, they will begin exploring career paths, joining clubs and organizations and participating in extracurricular activities. Throughout this time, your encouragement of their curiosity and hard work is essential. Nurture their passions and give them room to make their own mistakes or decisions. As long as you remain supportive and open, they will feel confident in knowing they can rely on you even when they aren’t sure of which career is right for them.

Stay up to date

The careers of today may not represent those of the future as the job market continues to evolve to meet new challenges and opportunities. It’s important you stay up to date with the latest career trends, developments, and demands to help your student choose their career wisely and ensure plenty of opportunities in the future. Check out our blog to learn how education will shape the future of jobs.

Prioritize internships

Your student is very busy on a day-to-day basis between school, homework, hobbies and jobs. However, make sure to emphasize to your student the importance of internships. Internships are a great way for students to get familiar with the daily operations of different careers and find the one that’s right for them. It’s also a great opportunity to stand out when it comes time for college admissions.

Offer to help them review online internship resources such as Chegg Internships, a site that connects high school and college students to available internships across the country. Practice interviewing skills with your student and give them genuine feedback. Or, help them shop for the right interviewing attire. Your support now can have a huge impact on whether your student is able to get an internship ahead of the curve.

 

Your high school student is about to embark on a journey of discovery. Your knowledge, love, and guidance will be vital along the way, and ASU Prep Digital is here to help. To learn more about career pathways, an essential part of a student’s journey to college, please visit our career pathways page. During this crucial stage in your student’s life, let’s work together to help them prepare for the career of their dreams.

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What Are Career Pathways?

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While it might seem like the start of your career is lightyears away, it’s the decisions you make now that determine how fast you can reach your dream job. Career pathways are organized collections of programs that develop your core academic, technical, and employment skills to prepare you for a related career.

ASU Prep Digital offers a comprehensive selection of career pathways with concurrent courses, giving you steps you can take today to bring you closer to the career of your dreams. Here are four different areas of studies that offer career pathways you can start working toward now: 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Do you find yourself looking up at the sky, wondering what’s out there? Does math feel like an exciting puzzle with each new problem? Interests such as these can lead to a promising career in STEM. As it happens, ASU has developed a wide variety of majors that are in the STEM group of disciplines. Explore majors ranging from Biophysics to Earth and Environmental Studies. With so many to choose from, you are sure to find the pathway that’s right for you. 

When you enroll in concurrent courses like General Chemistry for Engineers or Introduction to Psychology, you’re bringing yourself that much closer to a university degree, without even a single step onto a college campus. In fact, by the time you’re a freshman you’ll have completed almost all of your first year courses! 

Health & Wellness

Are you an advocate for regular exercise and a balanced diet? Are you eager to assist those around you? A career in the health field may be the right one for you! ASU provides an assortment of career pathways related to Health and Wellness, such as Healthcare Coordination, Exercise and Wellness, and Public Health. 

Enroll in concurrent courses such as Human Development and Introduction to Global Health to get a taste of the advanced courses you’ll be taking as part of your university career in a Health & Wellness major. Not to mention, you’ll be earning university credit while completing several courses as a high school student.

Arts 

Is dancing your passion? Do your doodles take up more space on a page than class notes? If you have an artistic streak, ASU outlines several career pathways that’ll turn your art into a career. Explore a variety of pathways in the Art cluster including Art History, Digital Culture, and Dance. Through our Art History pathway, you’ll be able to complete enough concurrent courses to begin college with 10-12 courses already completed.

Business 

Do you spend your weekends watching Shark Tank? Do you dream of one day owning your own business? ASU has 30+ business and entrepreneurship majors that’ll have you on your way to being your own boss, including Sports Business, Finance, and Retail Management. 

Concurrent courses such as Introduction to Human Communication and Macroeconomic Principles will give you a strong foundation of business knowledge and an edge before entering a competitive university environment. When you’re a CEO one day, you’ll be patting yourself on the back for getting a head start on your career pathway while you were still in high school!

Your passions at this age can easily turn into your career in the future. Explore ASU Prep Digital’s vast assortment of concurrent courses and outlined career pathways to get started on turning your hobbies into a career. 

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How to Turn Your Interest Into a Career

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When you think about your favorite activities, do you ever wonder if it’s possible to make a career out of them? In many cases you can! Hobbies like writing, exercising, and even playing video games lend themselves to jobs in fields such as journalism, nutrition, and engineering. But how do you begin to turn your interest into a career? Let’s explore a few ways:

Research different jobs related to your interests

Before you can choose a career based on things you like, you have to know what kind of jobs already exist. For example, a field like communications has a multitude of different career paths under its umbrella, including journalism, public relations, and social media management. A great way to begin your search is by taking a career quiz, and me3 is a good place to start! Me3 is an interactive major and career quiz that helps you craft a pathway from college major to future career based on your interests and passions.

Sign up for college courses that relate to your future career pathway

It’s no secret that the major you choose in college will prepare you for your future career, but who says you have to wait until freshman year to begin exploring classes? Taking college courses while you’re still in high school is an excellent way to get a head start on college and your future career. ASU Prep Digital pairs students with learning success coaches who will work with them to design their personalized career pathway based on their interests. From there, they can enroll in university courses through ASU and earn both high school and college credit simultaneously.

Begin treating your hobby like a job

When you want to get better at your job, you spend time researching, learning, and practicing. You can use the same mindset to turn your interest into a career! From podcasts and blogs to books and videos, there are so many resources at your disposal that can help you dive deeper into your future field right now! Even devoting just 30 minutes a day to educating yourself will make a huge difference and put you ahead of the competition. And for even more tips on taking that first step, check out this blog post.

Ready to start prepping for your future career? Schedule a call with an admissions advisor to learn more about ASU Prep Digital. And if you want to learn more about career pathways, check out the post below:

Four Areas of Interest You Can Turn Into Career Pathways