Op/Ed 10/16/09

EXPLORATION IS KEY TO CAREER MATCH

By Ashley Cabrera
Editor-in-Chief
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    Doctor? Mechanic? Chef? Teacher? Lawyer? The list can go on and on, but how do you find the best fit for you?
Starting from a very young age, we all wonder what we will be when we grow up. But what do we do when we are still not sure of what we want to do with our lives? It may take longer for some people to figure out their career, while others may already know exactly what they want to be. The key is to explore. There are thousands of career opportunities out there, and it is up to you to do the research.
    Many resources are available to help you find your perfect career match. Popular websites like CollegeBoard offer help with career exploration.
The state of California also offers links to career web-based tests that are even fun to take. Searching online is a good start. Even simply Googling a career can give you information on something you may want to do. Also, keep looking. There are many careers out there of which you may have never been aware.
    When you find one or several you like, it is important to be aware of the educational requirements that each job takes in order to stay on track. For example, if you are interested in pursuing a career in science, taking chemistry would be a wise decision. If you want to pursue a career in English, it would probably be wise to take AP English your junior and senior years. Also, when you begin looking at colleges, be aware that schools have strong suits. Some schools are better in the sciences, but don’t have great English programs. Others may have excellent English programs, but not an excellent math department. Research the schools you are interested in and what major you want to see what schools offer better programs in your department. And, if you are still unsure, LHS has help.
    LHS Career Specialist Amy Filippini offers career information on Wednesdays during lunch. Filippini researches careers and has informational handouts available. Her plan is to help the students pursue their interest. It is often difficult to know what the next step is after you have made up your mind about a career field, which is exactly what Filippini helps students with.
Filippini said that it is important for students to develop an interest in a field because “kids need that motivation to get through high school. “
Filippini suggests for students to research as much as possible and to take advantage of any online quizzes that test your best suiting career.
    “I find myself taking career quizzes all the time,” she said.
    Filippini is open to suggestions as to what careers she should research next. Just drop by her office on Wednesdays during lunch—across from the chemistry lab—and let her know what your interests are.
    If you have absolutely no idea, think about what you enjoy doing, what you might like to do every day. Plus, the average college student changes his or her major several times during their college career, so don’t worry if you change your mind. .

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