Career Advice For Teenagers

As a teenager, you may just be getting your feet wet in the job market with typical teen jobs like babysitting, waitressing and shop assisting. These are typically considered great teen jobs because they offer flexible work hours around a teen’s busy schedule and require little to no experience. However, you may be aware that the job market is rather tight today, and you may be understandably concerned about what the future may hold for you. In fact, it is estimated that over a third of university graduates are in unskilled work. Largely, this is because there are few jobs within their field. While beginning your career may still be many years away, there are steps that you can take now and for the next few years that can help you to ensure that you are on the favourable side of this statistic instead of using your Master’s degree in Physics to serve people coffee and bagels.

Choosing a Career You Can Live With

As a first step, you should make your career choice carefully. The area where you focus your education and internship efforts on for the next few years will have a major effect on your ability to find a job and for that job to provide you with happiness and financial security. Consider these points
– How much does the average worker in the field make, and what is the typical starting salary?
– How feasible is it to live on that salary and to pay off your student loans with it?
– What is the projection for job growth in the field?
– Does the career promote a healthy balance between work and family life?
Some of these factors may be more important to you than others, but all of them should be considered. You want to choose a career that will have plenty of job openings available when you graduate, but you also want to ensure that the job can support you financially while still allowing you to enjoy life fully.

Getting The Best Education

Once you have decided which career path you intend to follow, consider reviewing several job postings for entry level jobs in the field. What are the minimum education requirements? Are entry-level jobs available with a simple certification or a diploma, or do you need a Master’s degree or better before you can begin working in the field? Then, begin reviewing universities that offer the best or most highly coveted degree for the field. Compare the universities closely to choose one that offers affordable tuition and flexible study options. Flexibility in study options may be critical to allowing you to gain real-life work experience while in school.

Why Real-Life Work Experience Matters

While you are reviewing job postings, consider looking for entry-level jobs available in major companies in the field. In some cases, you may be able to find a minimum wage position doing data entry or other types of clerical work in a company in your field, but you may also be able to find a job that is more relevant to your career goals. The fact is that gaining real-life work experience within your field is vital. After you graduate, your ability to get a job is going to boil down to what is listed on your CV. Will it only show that you have A Levels and a degree, or will it show that you have relevant education and four years of experience working in the field? Furthermore, real-life work experience also provides you with work references, the ability to get letters of recommendation and great contacts within the industry that may help you to find a job after your graduate. Because of this, it is often best to work at least part-time hours and to attend a university program that offers flexibility in the schedule so that you can work and go to school.

It is understandable that you may only be thinking about a career as part of your long-term plan right now. However, the steps that you take today to plan for your career will help you to more easily get a job working in the field of your choice. Follow these steps today by looking for a great university and entry-level jobs available within your field.

Sally writes for Richmond University, who offer a range of under grad and post grad options such as Fashion Marketing Courses.To learn more about Open Days at Richmond University in 2012 visit Richmond.ac.uk or connect on Facebook.

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