It’s that time of year again. A time when colleges and universities send thousands of new graduates to their next chapter in life. It’s also when high school students are looking for summer work or looking for their next step if not college.
Good news! It’s still a great time to be a job seeker, especially if you want to land a summer job with a customer-facing organization. Almost all restaurants, retail stores and hotels are hiring.
But what if you’re a high school graduate not going to college? After all, college isn’t for everyone. If this is you, do what you need to do to make money while you think.
This may mean working several jobs simultaneously. Ultimately, you will need to develop a skill. The days when high school graduates worked in a factory, earning a good salary, are largely in the past. You will need to acquire a certain level of technical skill.
You might consider learning a trade. Our goodwill offers a myriad of professional training courses. Check with your local community college. Skilled trades earn good salaries and you won’t be saddled with a huge tuition bill.
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Military service is another option. Not only will you gain valuable experience and skills, but you’ll also get help with college if that’s something you decide to pursue at some point.
The key is to create a plan. You do not know where to start ? Check with your high school counselor. Talk with friends who have graduated and started a career. Find out what they are doing and how they broke into this field.
Learn about internships and job shadowing. Get an idea of a day in the life of some jobs. The www.onetonline.org site gives you an overview of the skills and education required for hundreds of jobs in their “My Next Move” section.
College graduates, if you’re not headed for graduate school, it’s time to get to work. As for high school students, this is the perfect time to enter the job market!
Make sure your LinkedIn profile is complete. Network with former students, picking their brains on how they landed where they are. Seek their advice. Most are generally willing to offer their contribution, especially if they have relied on the help of former students in the past.
As always, if you wish to be accompanied in your job search, the services of our center are free. Good luck!
Randy Wooden is a longtime career consultant for Triad and director of the career center at Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC. Contact him at [email protected] or 336-407-7306. For more information, visit www.goodwillnwnc.org/professional-center. Ask Randy to talk about his weekly job search talk show on Wednesdays and his free LinkedIn webinar on Thursdays.