- To increase options, you need to have a well-rounded background.
- Find out what type of careers you are interested in. Take courses that support these careers throughout your high school years.
- Take core academics and also vocational courses.
- Consider joining a sport. Physical fitness is a must and should start now.
- Explore the branches of the service and the career that they offer.
- Start studying for the ASVAB- the library website has a great practice tests.
- Take the ASVAB.
- Listen to the school announcements and sign up to meet with a VARIETY of recruiters.
- Continue to meet with the recruiters.
- Retake the ASVAB if needed, either at school or arrange a test with your recruiter.
- Many vocational schools do not require the ACT/SAT. They have their own required test (TABE, COMPASS…).
- Vocational programs require skills in reading, writing, and speaking and they do have certain requirements that must be met. Tech Prep courses are good to take.
- Research the requirements of your vocational school that you are interested in.
- Keep up on computer skills. Virtually all jobs use computers in some ways.
- Attendance is a major factor. Many employers call to check school attendance records.
- Get experience through summer or part time jobs, especially if an apprenticeship will be required.
- Take the core academic classes needed for most jobs.
- Stay on track for graduation!!!
- Work on a resume, get responsible references (ASK for them!), create a portfolio with accomplishments, report cards, awards, and gather letters of recommendation
- Work on people skills and interviewing skills.
- Americorps- provides local and national community service opportunities: www.americorps.org
- Gap-year- information for taking time away from school: www.gap-year.com