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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Benefits of Concurrent Enrollment at ASU Prep Digital

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From developing time management skills to saving money on college tuition, concurrent enrollment helps students kickstart their college careers. 

But how is concurrent enrollment at ASU Prep Digital different than dual enrollment?

ASU Prep Digital embeds the university experience into high school, giving students an accelerated path toward university admission and future careers. You can see the differences between dual enrollment and the concurrent enrollment experience at ASU Prep Digital here, but let’s take an even closer look at some of the benefits of concurrent enrollment at ASU Prep Digital:

Earn college credit from ASU

When you enroll in a concurrent course at ASU Prep Digital, you’ll be earning credit from ASU, ranked #1 in the U.S. for innovation for the fifth year in a row and recognized as a Research I university.  You’ll be taught by real ASU professors, get access to ASU’s library of digital resources, and earn both high school and college credit, which will save you time and money once you get to college.

Receive layers of support

The transition to online learning can be challenging, especially if you plan on taking college level courses. It’s important to have a strong support system as you navigate through your courses. That’s why at ASU Prep Digital, you’ll receive support and guidance not only from your ASU professor, but also from your online teachers and Learning Success Coach.

Explore career pathways

It’s never too early to start thinking about a future major and how it could translate into a career someday. With the help of your Learning Success Coach, you’ll design a personalized pathway through high school, into college, and onto a career. You’ll be able to enroll in high school and college courses that align with your interests and work toward fulfilling requirements for your college major.

 

Ready to join our community of learners? Here are the full-time deadlines for the spring semester:

  • Enroll by January 6 for a January 27 start date
  • Enroll by January 20 for a February 5 start date*
  • Enroll by February 3 for a February 24 start date*
  • Enroll by March 2 for a March 23 start date*

*These start dates are compressed semesters, meaning you will be completing 5 or fewer classes in a shorter amount of time. 

 

And if you’re interested in enjoying the benefits of concurrent enrollment, please see the enrollment deadlines below:

  • Enroll by January 3 for a January 13 start date (half semester)
  • Enroll by January 3 for a January 13 start date (full semester)
  • Enroll by March 3 for a March 16 start date (full semester)

We also accept part-time applications on a rolling basis. You can get started here. And if you’d like to learn more about our program or inquire about enrollment, please schedule a call with an admissions advisor.