What the Heck Should I Be When I GROW UP?
Take a deep breath. We can help.
You’re busy. Like, super busy. Just see page 14 for all the things you’re supposed to accomplish in your junior and senior years of high school.
But the ultimate goal of everything on that list — from taking the SATs to filling out scholarship applications — is to set you up for a career that will help you reach your personal, financial and lifestyle goals.
In other words, you have to decide what the heck you want to do with your life.
We can help.
First off, know that you don’t have to figure everything out right this minute. It’s all about taking baby steps in the right direction.
The first baby step is figuring out what you want to do after high school. And we really encourage you to do something after high school. Why? Check out the charts below. If you want to be able to support yourself and have a comfortable life, you need money. And it’s waaaaaaay easier to make money if you have some sort of post–high school education.
I decided to become a teacher because I’m interested in helping kids. My biggest inspiration was my brother. He has ADHD and dyslexia. Watching him struggle in school was hard. I know there are other kids out there who struggle, and I want to make it easier for them. I want to make a difference in the world.”
Jessica Salgado, 18, freshman at USF
Make It Happen
Talk to your high school counselor and the career counselors at the colleges you’re interested in. They can help you decide which career path and major is best for you. There are also sources like careersourceflorida.com that can connect you to internships and opportunities in your area.
10 Most In-Demand Jobs
|Job Title||Annual Median Salary|
|1||Application Software Developer||$100,080|
|4||Home Health Aide||$22,600|
|5||Information Security Analyst||$92,600|
|6||Medical Service Manager||$96,540|
|8||Personal Care Aide||$21,920|
How much does real life cost anyway?
$36,562 may sound like a lot, but when you add up the cost of putting a roof over your head and food on the table, driving a car and taking care of your health, that’s what it costs. And that number doesn’t include money for clothes, entertainment or travel. You’ll also want to save for retirement and big purchases like a home or maybe a boat someday. If you want to have kids or take care of your parents, that will also cost money.
Living on your own isn’t cheap!
Total = $36,562/year
Sources: smartasset.com; thebalance.com; bizjournals.com; howlifeworks.com; creditdonkey.com