Work Hard and You Will Find Your Road
The Internship Depot is all about YOUR future. We are here to make sure you are ready for the workforce when you start looking for employment as an adult. If you are in eighth grade, you probably think you are a long way away from getting a full-time job, but the years between now and then will fly. So start preparing yourself now.
We know that most teenagers don’t know for sure what career they might want. You may not even know if you want to go to college and more than likely, you have no idea what college you will attend or what major you might select. Some students may be wondering if a trade school might be a better option for them.
Certainly, you are not alone. While a few of your friends may have already decided what they want to be, most young students haven’t really made up their minds about their career choices. And even if some high school students have decided on a career path already, an estimated 20 to 50 percent of students enter college as ‘undecided’ (which means they haven’t picked a course of study).
Students who select a major that matches their interests are more likely to stick with that particular course of study and finish their degree on time, but few high school graduates choose majors that suit them and that aligns with their interests.* They just don’t know how to make the connection between their interests and their choice of career. They may even pick a major when they start college only to find they do not like the academic content that major demands. They wind up changing their major. In fact, a whopping 75 percent of students change their major at least once before graduation.
There may be no way to avoid a situation in which you might have to change your major, but that is usually a very expensive proposition. You will have to take additional courses or retake courses you have had but that offer a different perspective on the material, pay additional tuition, and spend at least six months (and often much more) to complete the coursework you need to graduate with a different degree than the one you had in your sights when you started college.
That’s why we spent a lot of time developing our work-readiness curriculum and activities. We don’t tell you what career to pick, but we do give you a lot of critical information that will help you make that all-important career-choice/college-choice/trade-school-choice. We don’t tell you what career to pick, we tell you what you need to do to get the information you need to help you make that decision.
And we also offer opportunities for you to hear young workforce professionals (both white- and blue-collar) talk about how they decided on a career and managed to carve a successful path to that end.
But ultimately, almost any college major you may choose will require you to work hard for that degree. Or that industry credential. The only way you can make THAT work easier is to work as hard as you can in every subject, in every year of middle and high school, and get the best grades you can.
That hard work will not only help you choose a career, that hard work will help you succeed in whatever career you choose.
*ACT, Inc. 2018.
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Links to Additional Information:
For Eighth Graders: The First Rung
For Freshmen and Sophomores: The Stormy Wannabees Advantage Initiative
For Juniors and Seniors: The Rainmakers Internship Preparation Program
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