Middle Schoolers - Explore Your Interests

Whether it’s playing sports, building models, or playing an instrument, your interests today say a lot about what career you might pursue. Match activities you like with jobs you may like.

Try these six steps to start exploring these interests:

Step 1 - What interests you?

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

Step 2 - Connect the dots

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 match

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 - Set your goals

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 - Make a plan

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 - Do your homework

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