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Choose a job that will develop the necessary skills for your future career. - Contributed

Preparing for your future career can start sooner than you think. If you’re a student looking for a part-time or summer job, consider choosing a type of employment that matches your future goals and aspirations. By doing so, you’ll get a head start on developing useful skills and experience. 

It’s important to remember that almost all jobs provide worthwhile experience. Regardless of the type of work you’re doing, you’ll most likely develop your interpersonal, problem-solving and organizational skills. 

If you already have a career path in mind, find out what skills you’ll need to develop before looking for a job. If you’re gifted at a particular subject in school and your future profession requires effective communication, try your hand at tutoring: it’s the perfect opportunity to learn how to clearly explain your ideas. You can always meet with a school counsellor if you’re having trouble identifying which jobs best satisfy your ambitions.

Don’t forget that most people usually start a new job at the bottom and work their way up. For example, if you want to be a cook, try and find a job as an assistant cook. This will provide you with relevant work experience. What’s more, you’ll be demonstrating a serious interest in the profession as well as developing contacts within the industry. However, don’t make the mistake of taking a position you hate simply because it relates to your field of study: enjoying what you do is an important aspect of any job.

Lastly, be mindful that your work shouldn’t interfere with your studies. Make sure your schedule allows you the necessary time to do your homework and to prepare for exams.

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