Teens should look into or try job shadowing to see if they like it and would like to pursue it as adults. I have seen too many times young people that finish a four year degree and either can not find work in their field or are not interested in pursuing it once they are graduated. I see a lot of college graduates working retail and telemarketing. So, I think it is a good idea to try the job on before you pursue the education to do something that you may not end up doing anyway. Here are some things that you need to investigate.
1. Donâ€™t train for a job just because the money is good, most of us who have been in the workforce for a long period of time can tell you that being happy in your job is very important. Your job affects more than your job, if you are miserable at work, you will be miserable at home. You will dread going to work everyday and are more apt to call off. Take an interest profiler test to find out what you are truly interested in.
2. Do you have what it takes to get through the training and other expectations of the job? Be realistic with yourself, I once had a guy wanting to work on cell phone towers because the money was good, problem was, he was scared of heights, not a good match, doing something you fear or just simply can not do will only add additional stress that you donâ€™t need.
3. Try the job on, go to a company and ask the human resource person what it would take to do some job shadowing, you may find that the job is just not for you or you may find that you absolutely love it. This is a good way to analyze your goals and give you some guidance on what you need to do to get there. You will be with the guys/gals doing the job, they can answer any questions that you may have right then and there.
4. Be open to entry level, you may be able to jump into the job with out going to a technical school and college. Find out if the job has some volunteer opportunities that will let you feel out the atmosphere. The example that comes to mind is most hospitals have candy strippers, what a better way to see if you like that work environment than to actually experience it first hand. You may want to be a nurse or a doctor, but that is years away, you can get into the network of things by going in entry level.
5. Make your own choices after you have done all your research, as much as we as parents love you, sometimes we have our own agenda, we really do think we know it all because we have experienced life and want the best for you. Donâ€™t be afraid to express yourself if you donâ€™t like our little life plan for you, we do that naturally because we care.