High School Graduates
High school graduates should seek counseling and decide on a career well before ever choosing what undergraduate/professional program to opt for. They ought to know that each academic program leads to a wide variety of potential careers.
WELL BEFORE they ever sit in amphitheaters to take classes, students who opted for physics for instance ought to know that a degree in physics qualifies them to jobs spread across at least 12 sectors of activities. Students who opt for biomedical programs—such as Anatomy, Biochemistry, Bioengineering / Biological Engineering, Bioethics, Bioinformatics, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Science, Biometrics and Biostatistics, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Cancer Biology and Oncology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Epidemiology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Genomics, Human Physiology, Immunology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Physiology, Toxicology, Virology, etc— ought to know that such programs can lead them to a wide range of sectors of activity - not only teaching/research as it is often believed.
- Before high school graduates ever start taking classes at the university they ought to know exactly what type of profession they want to embrace years down the road. They need to have a plan A and a plan B. This applies especially to those students who enroll at a university in order to better prepare themselves for admission into a professional program like medicine, engineering, etc. In their case, plan A is admission into the target professional program, but they need to have a well-defined plan B as well. Let's say for instance that the student is really interested in a health care type career; as a plan B the student can opt for a university program that will lead him/her into the health care system one way or another. MD's are not the only professionals in health care.
- Young high school graduates ought to have a well-prepared career plan. For more details regarding the career plan, see the illustration below
What do you need?
1- Start by asking yourself in whose skin you would like to see yourself years from now – click here to get you started, you might come out with several possibilities.
2- Now refine your choice based on the type of BAC/GCE you have, and then identify undergraduate/professional programs that could better prepare you to embrace such a career – all this information is provided on our website.
3- Next try to find career projections for your chosen position (nationally if possible, but also internationally) – This type of information is difficult to find when it comes to African countries; many developed nations have such data. The US government has done a great job of generating this sort of data for years. Their database, found here, is open to the public.
4- Now it is time to ask yourself if you have a particular role model (i.e., anyone whose current/past job is your dream/targeted position? If yes, try to see if his/her CV/bibliography is available over the internet. If you cannot find it, no problem!
5- Your final step is to prepare a career plan – it'easy and takes 2 steps:
- Start by visiting a job board; there are several out there
- Here is the thing—once you have identified your dream job, the next step is obviously to know what it takes to qualify for such a position. The approach to follow is simple: act as if you have already received your final degree, select a job board then search for openings for your targeted career.
- There are several options obviously; choose and explore them one by one - what should you be looking for?
1-you want to know the type of tasks that the given position involve and see if you are comfortable with them
2-you want to know what the minimum qualifications
3-you also and most importantly want to know those little things that would constitute a plus for a candidate (a couple examples include extracurricular activities as volunteering or specific trainings)