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Earn Money Later in Life

One day, you'll be old enough to work more hours at a job you like. What will you do then? It might be a bit soon to decide, but here's what you can do:

Think about your interests—both in school and out. What do you enjoy doing? Do you like writing, reading, animals, caring for people, talking with people (on the phone or in person)? Your interests can help guide you into a career that you'll enjoy.

Talk to people who have jobs that interest you. Ask what they had to do to get that job. Was extra schooling (beyond high school) needed? If so, did they attend college or trade school? What type of classes did they take? Were internships available? You might also ask how well they like the job. (Don't ask them about the money they make; it's really none of your business!)

Research jobs. Whether you conduct your research online or at the library looking through books, find the information you need to help you make a choice. Think about the historical figures who you've studied in school. Did any of them have careers that sounded interesting?

Talk to adults who you trust. Parents, aunts & uncles, and high school guidance counselors are great sources of information! Ask them about different career choices—and be prepared to answer some questions about your interests!

Relax. Don't be afraid or worried if you don't know right now exactly what you want to do for the rest of your life. Most people don't know this when they're teen-agers. Some think they know and then they change their minds. It's not unusual to change your mind about your career. So relax, and take some time to decide what's right for you.

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