Career Exploration

Career exploration is not the same as job searching. Job searching is short-term: looking for a job that matches your present needs. Career exploration is a long process of choosing the education, training, and jobs that fit your interests and skills.

It is important to find, as a teen, that you find work that you enjoy doing.

  • For example, if you enjoy taking things apart and seeing how they work, you might you might have good spatial and mechanical aptitude and want to explore careers in engineering or architecture.
  • If you like to write, there are all sorts of careers that use writing skills - careers in the law, journalism, publishing, and communications are some of them.
  • Do you like to paint and draw? To use a camera? To rearrange the furniture in the living room? These artistic qualities could lead you to careers in fields such as graphic arts, photography, or interior design.
  • If you really enjoy a particular hobby, sport or interest, therre is a way to make a carer out of it.  Don't let anyone tell you: "You can't do that..." Your career exploration might take you on a winding path but if you follow your heart and make wise decisions, you'll have a really satisfying career in the end.  Who knows - you might wind up being your own boss!