Preparing for Life After High School

By Annmarie Stewart on September 02, 2013
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Hey everyone! I am back with another important topic, the three most important decisions you make for your life after high school. For me they are college, career, and job.

If you are a junior, like I am, then you’ve probably already gone to a college fair and talked to the representatives there. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed that experience.

College, including technical college, is such an important step into the adult world, but there is only one question that most people ask, “Which college is right for me?” For me, choosing the right college is all about the programs and scholarship opportunities they offer.

Goal is to be a vet

This is one of my priorities because I want to make sure I get all the knowledge and experience I need. Even though the thought of blood still makes me all fuzzy in the head, I still need to work on that because if I want to be a vet I need to get used to seeing it.

I was so excited to learn about the hands-on internships and actual farms that the colleges own that you get to go to and learn about the animals for a veterinary career. There is a risk of getting kicked by a horse or even scratched by a cat, but if this is the career for me, I am going to have to accept all these challenges and rise above them.

Now I know that with these wonderful opportunities, you will probably have to devote your time and that means less time to do other hobbies. But do not freak out, you can still make everything work if you manage your time well.

Job hunting

Now, when you finally graduate college with a major and/or minor in the career you have selected, you will probably wonder what to do about a job. First things first, send out applications.

Get your name out there and be sure to list experiences and past employers as references. It is important to have a good reference, so when your future boss calls he or she can provide positive feedback on your past performance.

I applied for my first part-time job. It was super scary being in an interview, but I am happy to report that I made it through.

It is okay to be nervous, everyone is nervous when applying for his or her first job. Just be confident, make eye contact and keep a positive attitude, your interviewer will be most impressed.

While interviewing and waiting for that important call, it is a good time to talk to your friends about tips and experiences to make sure your time in that job will go smoothly.

Share your experiences with other people and help them, too. You will be surprised at how far that will take you.

Well, it has been fun sharing my tips and thoughts about this topic and I hope you have learned something. Take care!


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