How to Find Your Dream Career (While Still in High School)

9/22/22

Some students know exactly what they want to do when they graduate—and some don’t. With thousands of career choices out there, it can be difficult navigating your future career plans, but you don’t have to do it alone. To figure out your dream career and put your career plan into action, keep reading. 

Consider your interests and discover new ones

Knowing what you're good at and what you love to do can help you with career planning. When you look back at your experiences in classes, what did you enjoy about them? For example, if you performed a chemistry experiment in science or participated in a fun writing exercise in English, are you interested in learning more? If so, write it down. This can help you figure out your likes and dislikes.

Additionally, if you have hobbies outside of school, these can be potential options for a future career path. You can explore new hobbies and interests through your school’s electives, by joining student clubs, and by engaging in other extracurriculars. In your future job, it's important to like what you do and consider if you can do it long term. 

Research career options

So, you've found something you love! But, what career options are out there for say, a sports lover or coder? To explore careers, a quick google search might help. There are plenty of career paths out there and some may be ones you’ve never thought of. For example, if you enjoy sports, maybe a career in sports therapy, sports marketing, coaching, or sports commentating is meant for you. Or, if you're a coding ninja, you can potentially be a web developer, a software engineer for a big tech company, or an IT technician. The possibilities are endless.

When figuring out your future career plans, you'll need to consider if your career requires you to get a bachelor’s degree or attend graduate school. To find out what qualifications employers are looking for, perform a job search on a website like Indeed. 

Reach out for guidance

When developing your career plan, you should reach out to your counselor. Your counselor can help you develop a plan to get into the college of your choice and provide guidance on crafting a resume and cover letter as well as job searching.

Furthermore, if you know any school alumni that are in your desired career field, reach out. You can ask them for potential advice or if they have recommendations for internship programs.

Be open to other options

It’s important to remember your future career is going to be an instrumental part of your life, but your career plans aren't all-or-nothing. If you discover a new hobby or find out a career isn't everything you expected to be, a career change is always an option.

Furthermore, if you still need more time to figure out the right path for you, consider taking a gap year or enrolling in a post-graduate program.

Expand your horizons at Laurel Springs School

Discover something new at Laurel Springs. Our online self-paced, mastery-based online school offers a wide range of upper school courses and electives to help you start career exploration and planning.

For example, aspiring entrepreneurs in need of an action plan to start their business can take our entrepreneurship course! Explore our upper school to learn more.