Career Planning: High School Sophomores
Career planning can be an overwhelming task for anyone, but the younger you are the more daunting it can seem. The great news is that the younger you are when you start planning your career, the better off you’ll be. It’s certainly never too late to start, but it’s also never too early.
High school sophomores have at least a full year of secondary education under their belts, and are usually starting to think about what comes next. In October, sophomores can take the PSAT and be considered for National Merit Scholarship. Oklahoma students must register for Oklahoma’s Promise in the fall of their sophomore year as well if they want to be considered for that college funding. Sophomore year is also the year most students will decide if they want to attend a vocational school or technology center during their Junior and Senior year.
We recommend all of our sophomores at least start early in the school year by taking a career assessment if they haven’t yet. 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. The goal is to help them decide at least if they want to go to college or a technology center, since they still have free education at the technology center available to them.
Here are a few of the short-term goals we suggest our high school sophomores start with:
– I will research my top five career options.
– I will select a single career field to pursue
– I will research education options for my chosen career field
Our complete online career planner includes many other options. The goal for high school sophomores when starting their career plan is to narrow down their options. We encourage them to consider how long they’re willing to train or go to school after high school for the career they intend to pursue, and how much money they think they will need or want to make on an annual basis. Because we encourage the setting of SMART goals, we think discovering students’ lifestyle goals as well as their commitment to education and potential limitations in pursuing that education are important for setting achievable and relevant goals.