It’s Never Too Soon to Start Thinking About Your Future Career
The best place to start is by simply asking yourself: What do I like to do already? What interests me now? Many career paths begin with hobbies and natural skills.
Start with your hobbies
Hobbies can sharpen your mind, develop your body, and lead to studying certain subjects that naturally position you to be passionate about a subject that can become an enjoyable career.
What do you love to do?
Consider what you have already proven to be pretty good at. What kind of activities, games, books, hobbies and interests are you naturally drawn?
These additional resources will help you think more about what you like to do now – and how that can lead you to a rewarding career.
Explore Your Skills
You love it. You’re good at it. Maybe you can get paid for it!
Everyone’s already asking you – what do you want to do for a living? You’re asking yourself the same things.
When considering your future – what to study, what line of work to consider – start with what you already know.
There’s a lot to consider. How can you tell what line of training, education and career best suits you?
Well, high school will go fast – so now is the best time to explore your options.
Let’s start with career training you can get while you are still in high school. You can begin immediately in high school in two ways – With Career Technical Education and Pre-Apprenticeship programs.
If you plan on continuing your education and training after high school, you have many options to consider. Explore your options for 2-year and 4-year college education or technical training.
Develop Your Skills
High school is a great time to explore your interests that can lead to your next step. Learn more. Find a place to volunteer. Start your next step, based upon the things you love to do now. Here are some additional resources to help you think more about this:
Career Technical Education
Every southeast Ohio high school participates in a CTE program that typically includes a consortium of other nearby schools, providing a variety of students a chance to meet new students with similar interests as they work as a team in hands-on learning experiences.
Career fields typically include careers in manufacturing, public safety, information technology, architecture and construction, agriculture and more.
Career professions like plumbing, pipefitting, electrical work, welding, heavy equipment operation and others typically require completion of an apprenticeship.
This apprenticeship can begin with pre-apprenticeship training and criteria while still in high school. If students meet attendance, GPA and drug test requirements, they can enter a program and earn while they learn. In addition to a paid work component, students acquire labor union affiliation and upon graduation, be already earning hourly wages often ranging from $25-35 per hour – depending on the field and program.
To learn more about the pre-apprenticeship programs – including your school’s rules and participating local companies – chat with us or use the resources below.
Stuck in Your Career?
You may feel like your job doesn’t provide you the challenges that will bring out your true talent. You want to acquire the credentials needed to land the job that shows the best you have to offer.
Or perhaps you’ve lost your job as a result of reductions in workforce. What you need is the training and education to get back in to the game in a career that’s valued.
Post High School
Education Options After High School
Career Technical Education – which is taken in high school and prepares students for jobs upon graduation – also positions you to continue on to earn 2- and 4- year degrees.
Explore your options. Discover which suit you best.
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Ohio Technical Centers
These provide market-driven workforce education and training in more than 90 career-technical planning districts throughout the state of Ohio. They are highly responsive and flexible in meeting the needs of employers to provide customized business services and train their incumbent workers. Services at local OTCs include:
- Career guidance/counseling
- Comprehensive assessment services
- Financial aid assistance
- Employability/job readiness instruction
- Job placement assistance
- Short term training targeted toward high-skill, high-wage, high-demand occupations
- Training that leads to industry-recognized credentials
- Specialized services for employers
Didn’t Finish High School? Don’t Let That Hold You Back.
Just because you didn’t finish high school doesn’t mean it’s all over. Lots of people go back and get their high school degree – and so can you! You can earn that high school degree or its equivalent in several ways. One is through our Ohio Technical Centers. Their helpful counselors will explain the details and connect you to a program that will help you earn that credential and keep you moving on track to your new training and career.
Pluses of a Technical College Education
- Costs less than a four-year college
- Shorter programs – most last two years or less – you enter workforce sooner
- Hands-on experience and career-focused education
Because of focused programs – if you decide to switch gear half-way through, much of your training may not be applicable to your new field of study.
You can think of the two-year plan in two different ways:
You are seeking a two-year which can be offered at a community college or a four-year university. Or you are opting for a community college education.
Both will offer you completion of an Associate degree or some other accreditation or certification that will lead to employment. Associate degrees are foundations upon which to eventually earn a four-year Bachelor’s degree.
Community college is the most common type of two-year college. These colleges offer many types of educational programs, including those that lead to associate degrees and certificates. Certificates and some types of associate degrees focus on career readiness. Other types of associate degrees are good preparation for study at a four-year college where graduates can earn a bachelor’s degree.
Pluses of a Two-Year Degree
- Low-cost plus you can still be eligible for financial aid
- Designed to make it easy to transfer to 4-year university
- Study-Life balance – about 60% of community college students attend part time
- Great option for nontraditional students like older students or students with family and work obligations
- You can earn associate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs – all in high demand in the workforce
- Often provide smaller class sizes for more one-on-one with instructors
- Many offer online classes
- While many community colleges have extensive programs, they will not offer as many as you will find at a 4-year university.
- While there are some clubs and organizations, there are limits to campus life, as students often work and commute from home off campus.
Pluses of a Four-Year Degree
- Overall, studies indicate that a 4-year college degree increases your earning potential
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you will statistically have stronger job stability
- A university offers more majors and choices in fields of study
- A well-rounded college experience that includes on-campus living, group activities, athletics and more
- You can get lost in the crowd – classes can be large and student numbers high. Be sure to research student population numbers.
- Tuition costs are skyrocketing – soaring more than 300% since 1900. This can leave you with a great burden of debt.
Learn more about the four-year option:
You Started College But Stopped.
Consider Your Next Options
After trying college, and deciding that’s it not for you at this time, keep moving forward by considering other options, such as: