By: Erica Francis, Readyjob.org
Ready to get your career rolling? Still stuck in high school or college? Relax. You can definitely make your career dreams come true without sacrificing focus on your education. All you need to get going are some motivation, a little time, and these tips for future career success.
Start Your Very Own Small Business
Think this sounds crazy? Well, you should think again! Side gigs and e-commerce sites make it easier than ever to begin a business with no prior experience and minimal skills. With e-commerce and dropshipping, you just need to have a needed product, excellent customer service, and a mobile and user-friendly website. E-commerce can not only pad your resume, but it can also put cash in your pocket to help out with expenses while you are still in school.
Have your own business idea in mind? If so, use some school-friendly tips to jumpstart your small business success. When you are signing up for classes, look for courses that are mutually beneficial for your business and education. You could even use your work to satisfy school assignments and give yourself a competitive edge over other students.
Seriously Consider Taking a Gap Year
If you’re not sure what you want to do with your life, you could always take a gap year. It’s actually a smart way to build professional skills while helping yourself figure out what really drives your passions. Before you take a year off after high school or college, be sure to ask yourself these questions. Figure out whether taking a gap year will fit into your financial abilities or plans, and definitely weigh the personal and professional benefits of taking some time off. Travel and real-world experience can go a long way in helping you become a more mature student and come back to school or work better prepared for success.
Snag an Internship to Gain Experience
Gap years are not for everyone, but there are still ways to add professional experiences to your resume. One of the most beneficial ways to gain experience and networking opportunities is to get yourself into an internship position. Most businesses and organization offer internships as a way for college or high school students to dabble in their chosen career field while getting facetime with experienced professionals who can serve as mentors and connections to future career possibilities. You can find your perfect internship by checking the websites of your favorite businesses or asking your career offices for help locating openings.
Shop for Some Professional Attire Basics
If you are going to get a headstart on your career, you have to make sure you look the part. Choosing unprofessional attire for interviews and meetings is one of the most common mistakes made by students searching for a position. Even if jeans work for your current part-time job or career, wearing casual clothing to business meetings is never a smart move. You should pick out a polished, professional suit to keep in your closet, and if you do snag an internship, make sure your wardrobe reflects your professionalism. Stick to the company dress code and always ask if you are in doubt about what you can wear during your working hours.
Seek Out Help to Build a Better Resume
Clothing helps make a good impression on your professional connections, but you need an all-star resume to get their attention in the first place. You can use these tips to tailor your professional resume to fit the level of education and experience you currently have. Don’t be afraid to wordsmith your work and classroom skills to fit your desired position, and don’t leave off your volunteer experience. Your pro bono work can count toward your professional experience, so find ways to work your volunteer hours into your resume and cover letter.
You know you have the drive to succeed in the classroom, so why not flex that energy into a successful career? There’s no reason to wait until graduation to start building the kind of life that helps you thrive.
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