How will you make the transition?
Getting into the world of work is key to knowing what you want to do and getting the experience you need to impress your future employer.
A part-time or summer job is the perfect place to start. You can earn money for college or to help with expenses now, as well as pick up on work skills that all employers want, such as being on time and problem-solving.
Take it a step further by:
- job shadowing and conducting informational interviews with professionals in careers that interest you
- meeting with a college admissions representative or recruiting officer and applying to a program that will take you to the next level
- investigating the requirements to earn a specific degree or credential
- applying to colleges or programs that match your abilities and career interests
- getting more practical experience at school, in an internship, or through a part-time job
Want to learn more? LearnMoreIndiana.org/career will help get you started on a plan for the life and career you want.
Internships are a great way to try out jobs and develop your skills, even for high school students. Talk to your school counselor if you are interested in finding an internship opportunity. Indiana INTERNnet can connect you with thousands of Indiana organizations across the state. There are currently more than 1,000 internship opportunities and established programs at 400+ Indiana high schools. Indianaintern.net makes it easy to search and apply for internships all on one site. Just create a free student profile to get started. Then, use the advanced internship search to find an internship by keyword, job category, location and more. Check back frequently—new internships are added all the time.
Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to enter a high-paying, in-demand career, because all the training is at no cost to you, and you even earn a paycheck while you work toward a journeyman’s license and the potential to earn a six-figure income. You can earn college credit and graduate debt-free with an associate degree, too. Talk to your school counselor and find out more about apprenticeship opportunities for cooks, truck mechanics, carpenters and automotive service technicians at Apprenticeship.gov.
Next Level Jobs
When you graduate from high school, you could be eligible for this program from the state of Indiana. Next Level Jobs provides Hoosiers with free, state-wide training in high-paying, in-demand industries, including advanced manufacturing, building and construction, IT and business services, health and life sciences and transportation and logistics. Learn more at NextLevelJobs.org.
Volunteering is perfect for busy students. You not only get an experience that looks great to employers, you also get personal satisfaction from helping a good cause or an organization. Plus, volunteering in an area related to your career interests can be a powerful way to learn and expand your network. Interested in being a veterinarian? Volunteer at your local animal shelter. Thinking of being a teacher? Offer your skills as a camp counselor, tutor or mentor. Dream of a career in politics? Volunteer for a candidate, register voters or work the polls on election day.
Flex Those Employability Skills
The Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate encourages students to meet nine specific benchmarks that will assist them in their college or career goals. In 2019-2020, 180 schools statewide participated in the program, supported by more than 3,000 Indiana employers across every industry.
Ask your school counselor about the Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate and take a look at some of the required skills employers have identified as work-ethic worthy. Can you demonstrate these qualities?
- Perseverance and problem-solving
- Service to others, a positive attitude and strong communication skills
- Ability to be a self-starter and critical thinker
- Reliability, responsibility and teamwork
- Organization skills, importance of punctuality and self-management