Middle Schoolers: Explore Your Interests

What do you love to do? Whether it’s playing sports, building models, or playing an instrument, your interests today say a lot about what career you might pursue.

Try these seven steps to start exploring your interests. Don’t forget to talk about them with your school counselor, parents or guardians, and friends!

Step 1

Make a list of your skills and interests. Think hard about what you enjoy and what you are good at.

Step 2

Find out more about the kinds of the jobs that interest you, along with their educational requirements, salary, working conditions, future outlook, and anything else that can help you decide what’s best.

Step 3

Make a second list of possible jobs that you would like to have and compare it with your skills and interests. The job that matches your skills and interests the closest may be the career for you.

Step 4

Choose your career goal. Once you’ve decided what occupation matches up best with you, then you can begin developing a plan to reach your career goal.

Step 5

Develop a career plan. Think about what you want to do and find out more about the kind of training, education, and skills you will need to achieve your career goal.

Step 6

Start looking at schools that offer a college degree or training program that best meets your career goal and financial needs.

Step 7

Go to your career guidance center (at your school or college) or go to your local library for additional information and help on career planning.