Preparing for Your Future Now

Jessica Cobb, Features Editor

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Every student should develop independence before leaving high school. It is a prime time to start looking for a job and to take on responsibility. Since it’s usually the time when students start looking for a car, looking for a job is a must and it’s a great opportunity to learn how to handle your money before heading off to college. Looking for a job might seem like a complicated process, but in just a few simple steps you can be on your way to making money!

The first step you take is applying at different jobs that suit your interests. You want to work somewhere that’s within the range of things you enjoy because that’s somewhere you’re going to be spending a lot of time at. It is necessary to be able to put your passion into something and look forward to it.  Getting a job can be a time-consuming process.  You must invest time into completing applications, following up with prospective employers, and preparing for interviews.

Completing an application can be a tedious process, but once finished, should showcase your fantastic abilities and should set you up for the job. Once the employer reviews your application, there’s a chance that they’ll contact you and ask to set up an interview. Researching the company and its goals in addition to potential interview questions can help alleviate the anxiety you might feel before interviewing for a job.  Going in for an interview can be an overwhelming and scary thing, but from experience I can tell you it’s not as bad as it seems.  Some of the most important things to remember: employers want direct eye contact and a firm handshake. The best way to prepare for an interview is to research commonly asked interview questions and devise an answer so that  when the employer asks you something, you can automatically give them a response. This makes it seem like you’re able to handle anything thrown at you right then and there. If you’re nervous about going in, tell them that! Employers want to know that not only do you recognize your weaknesses but also that you are able to overcome them.  After all, you made it this far, right? You want to be able to lighten the mood and the employer will see you as an honest person.