How to Explore Careers in High School

While starting a career may feel like a million miles away, now is a great time to start thinking about what you’d like to do someday! You have the time, energy, and flexibility to explore careers by taking interesting classes, signing up for new extracurriculars, devoting time to hobbies, volunteering, or even getting a part-time job. If you don’t know how to start exploring careers, here are a few ideas! 

Level-Up Your Academic Interests

Do you enjoy a specific subject? Think about how you can dive deeper into that subject. For example, maybe you like French class. Think about joining the French club. You might get more opportunities to interact with French culture, improve your language skills, and solidify your passion for all things French. This passion could turn into a job as a translator or a degree in international business.

Get Curious

Consider signing up for a class or club that sounds fun and is just outside your comfort zone. Maybe join your school’s debate team or yearbook staff. These types of experiences help you figure out what you really love. Get inspired and turn that inspiration into finding the career of your dreams!

Learn Practical Life Skills 

Companies look for experience and drive, but they also look for someone with practical life skills. For example, companies favor people with experience working on a team or collaborating in the classroom. They also look for candidates who manage their time well. You can practice that skill by learning how to balance your school activities, homework, family obligations, and extracurricular activities.

Get Experience

If you love being in charge but don’t know how that translates into a career, take on a leadership position or start a new club or organization. You’ll get experience managing others, which will help you decide if you would enjoy a career in management. Or, if you enjoy writing, join your school’s newspaper staff. You can start collecting writing samples and learn more about what it takes to run a successful newspaper. Consider assisting with school events. You’ll get experience organizing and event planning! 

Meet New People

Joining a club is a great way to meet new friends and connect with teachers and mentors. For example, if you join your school’s community service club, you might start tutoring kids at a nearby shelter. That rewarding experience could ignite an interest in social work, homeless advocacy, or urban planning. You could also ask shelter employees about their educational backgrounds and advice about moving into that field. You could even land a part-time or entry-level job!


You don’t have to wait until after high school to explore careers. Taking new classes, signing up for extracurriculars, joining clubs, or working part-time are all great ways to learn about careers. Choosing a career is about pursuing your dreams and finding a path that’s perfect for you!