Are you unsure of what the next step is after High School? Not sure whether to go to college or not? Not sure what to major in if you do? Try the five steps below to help you gain some insight about yourself and to explore the possibilities that are awaiting you.
Step 1: List
List 10 things that interest you. Which one interests you the most?
Step 2: Evaluate
List what you think your strengths and God-given talents are. Ask parents, grandparents, family members, or close friends what they see as your greatest strengths and gifts. Compare. You may be surprised at what others see in you!
Step 3: Research
Consider which jobs relate to your interests and ask yourself these questions:
Would I prefer working indoors or outdoors? Would I prefer working with a set schedule or set my own hours? Am I a morning person or a night owl? After you have answered these questions do some research.
For a peek at U. S. News & World Reports The 100 Best Jobs click http://www.money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/the-100-best-jobs.
The United States Department of Labor puts out an Occupational Outlook Handbook. Check out what they list as the fastest growing and new jobs http://www.bls.gov/ooh/.
Step 4: Explore
Discuss with others and explore how to achieve your dream job. There are so many options available!
- Apprenticeship Check out http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/training/apprenticeship.htm to learn more.
- Technical Institute
- Community College
- Gap Year
Did you know that gap years are popular in Europe and Australia? It’s catching on in the United States. Taking a gap year before college can be advantageous in many ways. Click http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/the-college-solution/2010/07/20/8-things-to-know-about-a-gap-year to learn more about what a gap year is. There are companies that can help you plan your gap year. Follow http://www.americangap.org/planning.php to see an example of one.
Step 5: Set Goals.
What steps need to be taken in order to reach my goal? What do I see myself doing in five years? Ten years? Write it down! You are more likely to achieve goals that you have written down.
Try not to feel overwhelmed. Life is a journey, not a race. There are things to be learned from every experience. Draw wisdom from them and make a commitment to be a lifetime learner. You won’t regret it.
As a Christian, I encourage you to pray about what God wants you to do. In the words of that great lady, Corrie Ten Boom, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” May God bless you on your journey!