Career Planning: High School Seniors

Senior year is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming and intimidating. The four years of high school have gone by faster than most students anticipated, and many students are already on track to pursue a certificate from a technology center, or they have begun preparing for college. Now is an excellent time to start working out the details of getting to their long-term goal.

By now, most students should have already taken a career assessment. We offer a comprehensive career matching system to help our clients find careers that not only match their interests and skills, but also their preferences for work environment, activity level and more. We don’t expect them to know exactly what they want to do right away, but we hope to point them in the general direction they might want to start looking. We believe that the more information a student has about careers he or she might be interested in, the fewer times they will change majors in college, and the less likely they are find themselves in jobs that they hate.

After coming up with a long-term goal (college, career school, or immediate employment), we recommend writing a complete career plan. A career plan should include long term goals, short term goals, and critical next steps.

Here are a few of the short-term goals we suggest our high school seniors start with:

– I will spend at least 30 minutes a week studying for the ACT and/or SAT

– I will take the ACT and/or SAT

– I will find out when the applications to colleges or training facilities of my choice are due

High school seniors might also want to consider finding a mentor in their desired career field and signing up for job shadowing opportunities. Summer jobs or internships that relate to their dream job are also an excellent way to make sure they really want to do what they think they want to do and avoid costly major changes or going back to school later in life.

Our complete online career planner includes many other options. We encourage the setting of SMART goals, and we think discovering students’ lifestyle goals as well as their commitment to education and potential limitations in pursuing that education are important for setting relevant and achievable goals.