Many teenagers know what they want to do after high school. They already know which industry they want to be in and looking at the steps it will take to prepare for their role in the world. However, other teenagers aren’t prepared for life after high school.
If you’re one of those struggling teenagers or know one, you should know that there are many ways you can prepare yourself for the real world. Here are some ways you can gain experience before you start working.
Some students know what industry they want to go into. This allows their parents to assess and save up money for their college fees so they can study further. It’s important to have some form of post-secondary education if you’re going into a demanding industry such as:
- Law enforcement
- Becoming a pilot
If you can’t afford university, or, if you don’t have any interest in a demanding industry, try a two-year program. There are many affordable e-learning courses you can study.
Gain Experience During Summer & Holidays
Some companies will only hire candidates that have some form of experience that has taught them how to handle customers or resolve conflict. Use your summer holidays to your advantage to gain some working experience. Become a part-time waiter or work at your local movie theater.
Working part-time jobs has many benefits, such as building a network, having more financial freedom, and encourages a healthy transition into adulthood.
Spruce Up Your CV
Another benefit of working part-time jobs during your holidays is that you can fill up your CV with all the experience you’ve gained. When you go for interviews, it will show the employer that you have a sense of responsibility and a drive for success.
You have more chance of getting hired if you have some experience and your CV looks professional. If you’re unsure of how to type up a resume, look for templates online or a video tutorial to help you.
Build Your Network
Sometimes it’s not what you know but who you know. While studying or working part-time jobs, get to know more people so you can build up your network. The people in your network may offer you a job opportunity when you need it.
Learn to Manage Your Finances
You can’t be a financial burden on your company because it will ruin your reputation. Don’t take out loans from your employer.
Part of being an adult is learning how to manage your finances. You must learn how to save money and how to do your taxes. Learn which forms you must use to complete your taxes and find a means of creating them. You can create a 1099 NEC form easily from online sources.
To make it in the corporate world, you must be able to adapt to change well. You’ll constantly be growing and learning as you go along. Enjoy the process and don’t let nervousness stop you from being successful. Use these tips to prepare you for the corporate world and use all the potential inside you!