But, isn't college supposed to prepare me for a job? Why would I start now?
If you're a college-oriented student, you may think that Career Readiness Education, or CRE, in high school is pointless. However, there are tons of skills that CRE gives students that will help you have a successful college career. What are they, you ask?
1. You'll Have a Plan
Put simply, college is expensive. If you come in with clear career goals and a plan how to achieve them, you won't waste time finding yourself. Do you really want to waste valuable tuition dollars on classes that will be irrelevant to your future career?
2. You'll have credits
CRE will allow you to gain college credits in high school that may allow you to graduate early or take on a second major or a minor. This flexibility will enable you to save money or add another degree to your resume!
3. You'll have a strong resume
A strong resume is an essential part of any college application. Showing that you have clear interests and experience in your desired field is a great way to distinguish yourself from other candidates as you apply to colleges.
4. You'll have soft skills
CRE doesn't only boost your resume, it also helps you develop real-world skills such as communication and leadership. Admissions officers are looking to add kids with these skills to their campuses. A persuasive letter of recommendation from an employer or teacher about your ability to collaborate or solve problems could very well get you into your dream school!
It is never too early to begin planning for your career. Even if college is a step on your career path, exploring CRE in high school will accelerate you toward those career goals and help you be better prepared once you get there!