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Jump Ahead of the Pack with Early Career Planning
By Scarlett

Step 3: How Much Money Do You Want to Make in a Year?

1 MILLION DOLLARS! Now that's a lofty goal! Very doable, but is it realistic for you? Be honest with yourself. What would you realistically like to make? If it's between $60,000 - $80,000 then make that your goal.

Step 4: Does My Favorite Class Lead to this Salary?

If your favorite class is art, does the average artist make $60,000-$80,000 a year? Probably not. But what if you wanted to become a Professor of Art? Hmm... Now, you have a real shot at making and even surpassing your target goal!

Step 5: Go on Informational Interviews

An informational interview is like a job interview, except you get to ask the questions! What you do is find someone who is in the profession that you are interested in. You can do this with a google search or by asking friends and family if they know someone. For example, if you're interested in becoming a Police Officer, contact your local Police Department and ask if you can interview one of their officers about their job. Let them know that you are a student and that you would like to conduct an informational interview.

If you're interested in law, look up lawyers in your area and call and ask if any of them would be interested in meeting with you to discuss what it takes to become a lawyer. Contact about 4 or 5 people and see if any of them will meet with you. Meet them at a public place and if you would like, bring a parent or friend with you. Have questions ready to ask them about their position and how they got it. If you're lucky, they may even offer you an opportunity to shadow them for a day or even an internship!

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