You’re a teenager. You may feel like an adult, but the adult responsibilities are still a few years away. Whew! However, now is a great time to begin thinking about what you want to do once you “grow up”, because high school is the time to prepare for your future!
VIDEO GAME DESIGNER
Video games are big business and are becoming more and more mainstream – this is a career path with a future! Video game designers need to have a high school degree, and most large studios require a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college.
Students who are interested in this type of job should pursue computer science. Popular colleges with classes in video game design include technical schools like MIT, Rochester Institute of Technology, NYU, and Drexel.
As a high school student, you can start by learning about computer programming basics. It also helps to Wait, you’re telling me I could MAKE MONEY playing video games? stay current with new video games, but don’t let your hobby distract you from your studies – passing multiple math and science Regents exams is a must!
Being a therapist is an enriching career that allows you to help others and make a good living, and there is always a need for empathetic and caring people.
There are a few different ways to become a therapist. Therapists can be social workers, psychologists, mental health counselors, or psychiatrists. All of these professions require graduate school, which takes place after you graduate from a four-year college.
It takes two extra years to become a social worker, five extra years to get a doctorate in psychology, and eight years of graduate study to become a psychiatrist.
But don’t let these numbers scare you off! Being a therapist is a rewarding career, and there will always be people who need your help.
Entrepreneurs are people who start businesses. They make their money by discovering the next big thing before it gets big.
Although no degree is required to be an entrepreneur, a background in business can be very useful. You can study business at a four-year college, or go to graduate school after college to receive a Masters in Business Administration.
You will also have to take economics as a senior in order to get a head start on understanding complicated concepts. Internships and summer jobs can give you an edge too and they look great on your college application.
SOCIAL MEDIA EXECUTIVE
Technology moves so fast these days that it’s hard for some grown-ups to keep up. Not so for high school students! Still, no one knows what may be the next Facebook, Vine, or Instagram. The next Mark Zuckerberg could be walking the halls of FDR today – it could even be you! One thing is for sure – social media is big business, and it creates a lot of jobs.
There are tons of different ways to work in social media. Look for jobs in digital marketing or public relations, either at a marketing agency or within a large company. Social media also creates a lot of customer data that can be very valuable to companies and needs to be analyzed.
If you’re interested in social media, you can start by taking more math and science classes. Statistics and algebra are especially important when working with data. Knowing a bit about computer programming can also go a long way in the digital age!
Everyone loves to eat, but some people have a special passion for cooking food and making delicious meals for others. If you’re one of these people, you could join the exciting world of restaurant owners and professional chefs. After graduating high school, chefs go to culinary school, which is a two-year program that teaches you everything you need to know to slice, dice, simmer, and sauté your favorite foods.
Chefs can work in restaurants, hotels or even for big companies. Once you have some experience in the kitchen, you can start to think about owning your own restaurant!
Restaurant owners not only need to know about cooking, but how to budget, hire employees, and run a business. You could end up owning the next hot restaurant in New York, and you could even end up on TV!
Does this profession even need an introduction?!?
Depending on what you’re interested in, there are tons of different kinds of doctors out there. If you like working with kids, you could be a pediatrician. Sports doctors work with athletes to help them stay physically fit and on top of their games. Oncologists help people fight cancer, and you could be one of them, working on the cure!
It takes a long time and a lot of hard work to become a medical expert. Doctors need to graduate high school and go to a four year college, where they take classes in math and sciences (also called pre-med classes). After they graduate, there’s more studying in medical school. Once they finish their classes, doctors get even more training while working during a residency. It’s a lot of hard work, but at the end of the day, you’ll have an exciting, important job that earns a lot of money. Pretty good deal!
Another profession that needs little introduction…
Lawyers have an extremely important role in today’s society. They help put criminals behind bars, help defend the innocent, speak up for those who can’t speak up for themselves, and make sure that justice is being done.
Being a lawyer takes a lot of training. After high school, lawyers go to four-year colleges. When they graduate, they must go to law school, where they spend another three years learning about how the legal system works and how different laws are made, applied, and interpreted.
ARE YOU NOTICING A PATTERN?? If you want to get a really cool and interesting job, you should go to college!
To go to the college of your choice, it will be very important to study and get good grades and test scores throughout high school. Start forming good study habits NOW and you’ll be off to a great start!
It’s also never too early to start college planning by researching the job of your dreams and finding out which colleges are strong in those areas. Be prepared. Have a plan.
You can also get a jump on your future through some nonprofit groups. Groups like The Children’s Aid Society and Good Shepherd Services offer mentoring services and programs to help you stay on track for college.