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Jump Ahead of the Pack with Early Career Planning
By Scarlett

I think most people - well most students anyway- don't really start thinking about a career till college graduation. And can you blame us? We spend high school trying to do well on the SATs, APs, and IBs, all while attempting to maintain a halfway decent social and extracurricular life. Once we head to college, we spend our time studying, meeting people, studying some more, and if we have yet to do so - trying to pick a major.

When we're young, we feel like we have all the time in the world to figure out what we want to be when we grow up. And once we're up on that podium in our cap and gown, ready to receive our diploma, all of a sudden it hits us like a ton of bricks. We're grown ups! Ahhhh!

Luckily or unluckily, depending upon how you want to look at it, I grew up in a household where I was required at an early age to figure out realistically what it was I wanted to do with my life. My reality is the exception and not the rule. Fortunately, there are several pieces of advice that I can offer to those of you still trying to figure out what you want to do with your life. Let's begin:

Step 1: Define Career for YOU.

Yes! What is a career? Is it something you just do from 9 to 5 or is a career the very foundation by which you life is built? Or is it something in between? Define what a career is for YOU and the rest will come easy.

Step 2: Which Classes Do You Like?

And when I say like, I really mean LOVE! Are there any classes that you actually enjoy doing the homework for? If not, what's your dream class? If you could take any class in the world, what would it be?

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