There is a difference between a job and a career. A job is work you do for a short time primarily to earn money or to learn how to do something new. A career is a series of jobs, or it may be one place where you work for a long time. It is work that you can grow in over your life. It gives you the opportunity to build on the skills you learn in one job or task and get better and earn more money as you do.
Ask questions. To start the process of figuring out what career is right for you, begin by asking questions about yourself.
- What do I like about school?
- What do I do in my free time?
- Do I have any hobbies?
- What kind of things do I like?
Talk to your PROMISE case manager to think about how you might use the answers to these questions to find a job.
What makes a good career match? When deciding on a career, also think about things that help you be your best (things like whether you like to get up early or sleep late, whether you like to be inside or outside, or whether you like to work closely with other people or with customers or if you prefer to spend more time focusing on work).
It’s not all about the money…it’s really wonderful to love what you do.
What do you need from working? This is where the money management information will come in handy. Ask your PROMISE case manager for information about financial planning for you and your family. Think about how much money you need to pay for somewhere to live, to pay for your bills, and to pay for food to eat. If you need health insurance, it’s important to find work that offers it.
Find some jobs to try! Trying some jobs while in school allows you to choose a career based on first-hand experience instead of guessing what something might be like. Your PROMISE team can help.