7 Resources to Help Students Figure Out What They Want to Do

When I was in grade school, I wanted to be a pharmaceutical salesman. Why? Because they made a lot of money and played golf all day. Then, after I realized I couldn’t play golf well, I moved on to culinary school. But, that takes years to climb up the food chain – no pun intended. After culinary school, I was interested in becoming a graphic designer. Now, I do online marketing.

I jumped around because I never quite knew what I wanted to do.

The same is true with your students.

They are only exposed to so much throughout their middle school and high school years. They have no idea certain career paths even exist. And that’s a problem. We need to help our students explore everything – from plumbing to architecture, cooking to biology.

That’s why I put together a list of tools I found online that’ll help your students explore different career options while they still have time to decide. Let’s take a look:

1. O-Net Online

This treasure trove of a website has all the information your students will be looking for when they start to explore their career options. You can search a myriad of different ways. One of which sorts careers by the amount of preperation needed to enter the industry. That can be beneficial for students who may not want to gain a lot of post-secondary education.

2. MyMajors.com

If you’ve got high school students, send them here. They have detailed info on every major you can think of. And if your students are stuck, take them through a career test to see what the crew at MyMajors.com recommends. I wish I had this tool when I was in school.

3. Science Pioneers

When it comes to career prospects, students looking to dive into math and science should browse this website for job postings and descriptions on what life is like as scientist. And yes, we do need more of them, so encourage your students to take a look.

4. CareerKids

Not only does this site provide job descriptions, it’ll give your students salary information (so they make sure they’re in a job that’ll pay for the big yacht they want :P). When they find a job they’re interested in, CareerKids has articles to help students figure it all out. Plus, there’s a section to help craft your student’s first resume.

5. WordPress

Yes, it’s not a career website, but I firmly believe your students should start to make an online name for themselves as early as possible.  Do this by simply starting a blog on WordPress (this blog is hosted using WordPress). Once students start writing and ranking in Google searches, they’ll be well on their way to developing their own career.

6. 25 Tough Job Interview Questions

It’s great if your students know what they want to do, but what about landing a job in their chosen industry? They have to get past the interview! And they’re not easy when you’re 15 or 16 years old. This resource from the Huffington Post provides a list of questions your students should be ready to answer.

7. 9 Amazing Teen Entrepreneurs

Many students think they have to follow a traditional career path. Not so! Teen entrepreneurship is on the rise and this article highlights 9 amazing teen entrepreneurs who started their own business – and they’re successful. Don’t let your students count it out quite yet.

Does your school have a career services department? Do the counselors help your students identify what they may be good at? Truth is, your students could switch jobs and industries several times in their lives. Just this past week, I met a Sales Manager at a cookie company whose background is in engineering. You never know. But, with these sites, your students will have a better idea of what they want to be when they grow up.