Learning Important Career Skills While In High School Can Set You Up For Future Career Success
By Lilly Kolbet, Stride Student Advisor
What are the skills you should learn in high school, to prepare you for your career? Well, there are tons of skills that depend on your ultimate career goals! Below, I will share with you some of the skills that I feel are very important. These are the skills that you, as a high school student, should start learning and practicing right away. Perhaps you already know a few of them.
First of all, there are classes you should take that can help you with the career you want, and there are tons of classes available through Stride Career Prep! Stride offers career pathways and career-related classes based on your selected pathway. If you want to be a digital artist, then you can take the Digital Arts Pathway. Or, you can always choose to further your skills in math, science, or other subjects based on your chosen career.
Second, you will want to strengthen your organization skills. Those are especially important, and you will definitely need them in the workspace. If you want to be in an office job that will naturally include a lot of paperwork, or you want to work in a healthcare setting, you will need organization skills. So, start practicing them right away! You can do this by creating daily, weekly, and monthly calendars. You can also begin budgeting, too. Both of these options can give you a strong organizational start, as a high school student.
The next skill you should work to strengthen is critical thinking. Critical thinking means you actively and skillfully analyze things. Which definitely makes it important, especially in leadership roles and in roles that cannot currently be duplicated by technology. Some of those roles include police officers, judges, principals, teachers, and psychiatrists… to name just a few.
Decision making skills are especially important, as well. You can learn them in high school, which is great! Leadership, problem solving, and reasoning fall into this category. So, if you already lead, problem solve, and reason, then you are good to go for further development. Some jobs that require those skills include content creators, designers, teachers, lawyers, managers, and surgeons… and many more!
Time management is also very necessary for any career you choose. If you do not have good time management skills, then you will not turn in things (projects and papers, etc.) on time. This can spell trouble at school and on the job. If you brush up on your time management skills in high school, then this skill set will pretty much come naturally when you get the job you want. Time management skills will take you extremely far along your career path. Some jobs that you will need this skill set for can include management positions, art and design director positions, medical and dental roles, and any other job for which appointments are made and kept.
Now that you know more about these important skills, you should go and practice them, as soon as possible. It may be easy to procrastinate while in high school, but it is better to continually practice skills in the long run. You will be glad you practiced these skills when you are working in your next job!
Are you ready to find an internship, to aid in your professional development and career prep? Be sure to check out Stride Internship Search Tool: https://www.stridelearning.com/career-prep/high-school-internships.html
And, be sure to read, “How To Choose The Right Career Path,” by another Stride Student Advisor, too!
To learn more about Stride Career Prep's Student Advisory Council, make sure to visit https://www.k12.com/stride-career-prep/about/student-advisory-council.html
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