Career Advice for Teenager
Many of the tips for career counseling for teens on the Internet revolve around quality, interest and skill.
I had no idea what values were when I was a teenager!
I was interested in golf and could list my skills as good as golf and not really more than that!
Even when you are in your 20's and 30's, I don't think the above questions magically enrich your ideal career.
Below are professional life advice tips for teenagers that can be more beneficial than generic stuff on the internet.
- Make a list of the companies / organizations you want to work for
- Try to think freely and ask everything
- Don’t consider the term “career”, consider the term “skills”
- Use your network to get your experience
- Work as much as possible in the summer variety
- Pay for a session with a professional
- Check a personality
- Don't even think that you know about a job / career unless you talk to someone who works in that area.
- Ask people for advice, the more successful they are
- Read as much as you can
- Join a sports team / club / group
- Spend time with people who are a few years older than you
- Just don’t do anything because your friends are doing it
Make a list of the companies/organizations you would like to work for
Try a strategy instead of plotting your next step and work backwards from your desired result.
Get a list of companies / organizations that are interested in working for you. Namely Nike, Supreme, Ralph Lauren, Apple, Tommy Hilfiger, Coca-Cola, Sony, etc.
Then do research on these companies. Do they offer undergraduate programs or apprenticeships?
Is there any information to work there in the career section of their website?
For vacancies opened on their website, Google the job title to see what they provide.
Do they sound interesting?
Try and talk to the young people who work there. LinkedIn is great for this.
You can type ‘Finance Analyst’ and ‘Nike’ on LinkedIn and you will get lots of results.
Send them a message and ask them how to work there. They will be very eager to help as they were in your shoes a few years ago.
Working in the back helps fill in the blanks.
As a teenager you have many options, this method helps you to be a little more targeted in your approach.
Try to be open minded and question everything
People will advise you when you are young. This does not mean that it is good advice, or that they are right.
In my 20s, I sought advice from many older people.
Of these I found very useful and really resonant, but most of it did not work for me.
Nowadays, everyone is asking you to start your own business on Instagram / YouTube and earn millions.
There's some inspirational stuff in it, and something that makes you think outside the box all the time
It may work for a few percent of people but you will not see all the people you have tried and failed.
They always think about their business 24-7. Being an entrepreneur is not for everyone, some people prefer to leave the office at 5 and switch off.
Also, be wary of relying on what young people tell you about their work on the company’s website. I have seen a few of these for the role of Junior Finance. They are on stage.
They don’t tell you the real story of incorporating them into their work.
Anything on an organization’s website paints an image of the organization in the best light possible. This is not going to tell you about the bad points.
The way to make sure you don't get bad advice is to ask as many people as possible. If you get career advice from 5-10 different people, you will soon understand what is good and what is not good.
Ask people in their 20s who will remember what it was like to be a teenager.
They can often give you much better advice than your parents or teachers because they know the Uni / Grade scenario better.
Ask lots of people; This way you get a more balanced view.
Don’t think in terms of “careers”, think in terms of “skills”
The idea of having a lifelong career is gone. In 5-10 years the world of work will be very different. Lots of manual tasks will be automated and skills will become more important.
It can be easy to get to the coast through a few different jobs in your 20s and it’s not possible to pick so many skills.
I once got great advice from a senior executive when I asked him for career advice.
He told me not to focus so much on what the next role would be; Instead focus on what skills you are going to learn and acquire.
A lot of my money colleagues can do great things in Excel and PowerPoint but nothing else.
If you start developing skills such as public speaking, influencing, marketing, sales, customer service, project management, delegating, networking, problem solving as well as you can at first, you will see that you will quickly become better than your peers.
You will find much better places to deal with the ever-changing workplace.
Tyler Kaun, the world’s top economist, thinks that ‘skills like sales, marketing, and management will become more important in the future because computers won’t do these things for us’.
He believes that ‘future job descriptions will be quite fluid and incredible’ and he thinks you will get along well with people and the ability to get things done will always take you very far.
Use your network to get you work experience
When you are in your teens you may feel like you have no network. You do it! Family friends, aunts / uncles, sports club people, your teachers' parents or your friends.
Let’s say you are 19 years old and want to get some work experience in a lawyer’s office. Chances are your parents, family, teachers will know someone who works as a solicitor and can arrange for you to come for a week or two.
Even if it’s only for a week or two, it will really open your eyes.
A friend of mine was interviewed in my book, no solicitor had set foot in the office until he had qualified as a solicitor.
At the age of 10 he hated his job and now realizes how stupid he is because he has no work experience.
All 100 interviewees in the book cannot emphasize how useful the work experience is.
You don’t want to go to work in the office for a week in your teens.
However, you will pay much better than working in shelves or bars / restaurants and this will put you on the front street more than your peers.
Do as many different summer jobs as you can
There are several benefits to working in the summer:
- They will boost your confidence and social skills. People older than you, dealing responsibly with customers - all of these will develop you more than studying / testing.
- They look great on your CV and will make it easier to get a job in the future. Time to apply for other work; You will be able to talk about skills and achievements from previous tasks. Your coworkers who have not worked before will not be able to.
- You get some money to spend good things
The reason I do different jobs this summer is because you can be the opposite of the job / experience. Let’s say you get a job at a summer bar and an office the next day.
Do you like bar work but hate office work, it probably helps to move your next career?
A friend of mine worked at JPMorgan Bank for the summer at the age of 18 and worked in a small mortgage broker the following summer.
He hated JP Morgan, and then he thought he hated all financial jobs. But the mortgage broker had a lot of fun and he really enjoyed the job.
The more jobs you do in the summer, the more impressive your CV will be to future employers.
Work for 6 weeks and the rest of the day! You are only young once!
Also, I think the best work of the summer is the customers. You will learn so much about dealing with customers.
If you do daily based transactions with customers, your interpersonal skills will increase 10x.
Attracting and retaining customers is the key to any successful business. If you can learn it at a young age, the world is your oyster!
Pay for a session with a careers professional
As mentioned, many young people seek the advice of their teachers, parents, etc.
These people may know something but a professional can learn a lot more.
He is thinking about his career with a lot of teenagers every day.
Why don't you tap on this available resource?
Make sure you get a good one. Find someone on Google who has a very impressive background with great ratings / recommendations.
If that person is not local, it doesn't matter; Have a Skype session.
Pay your parents for a session and see how much you get out of it.