Even though you're only in 10th grade, this year is all about exploration, research and practice as you get ready for college in a few years. Here are some things you should be doing during your sophomore year to prepare.
Begin your year by practicing and then taking the PSAT and/or PLAN (PSAT is the pre-SAT test and PLAN is the pre-ACT test). Consult your counselor about taking either or both of these tests in the 10th grade to help you prepare for the SAT or ACT college entrance exams, which you will take in the 11th and/or 12th grades.
Learn more about your personality, skills, abilities, likes, and dislikes. An understanding of these will assist in determining what career will bring you the most satisfaction. There are many assessments available to assist you in learning more about yourself such as the Campbell Interest and Skills Survey, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Self-Directed Search, and Strong Interest Inventory. Check with your counselor to see which are available through your high school.
Talk to your family, friends, teachers, and counselor and ask for their perceptions about what you do well. Then, ask yourself questions and make a list of your answers. Here are a few questions to get you started:
Consider volunteering or job shadowing in a career that interests you. Ask people whose jobs look or sound interesting to explain what they really do and how they got to where they are now. Here are a few questions to get you started:
The College at Brockport's "What Can I Do With This Major?" tool is a helpful resource as well.
Find out more about the careers that interest you. What level of education is required? What is the average salary? What are the expected job prospects? The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics offers answers to these questions and provides information about occupational projections by state, as well as career exploration information.
Here are a few websites to get you started:
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