Teen Starts Planning College and Career Early


Rachel writes:
I am currently 15 years old and in the 10th grade. Since I
only have two more years left to really do my career planning and college planning
I was wondering if you could help me in any way. I would really love to become a
magazine editor and I’m just not sure where to start at. For instance what I should
major in. If you can help me in any way please email me back! Thanks!



The Career Doctor responds:
I first need to give you a hearty congratulations Rachel for thinking about your
career at such an early age. I think high school is a great time to begin thinking
about the things you really enjoy doing — and then researching careers that
match those interests.
Magazine editors as you probably already know need to have a strong grasp
on the English language have good people skills and good organizational skills.
Most editors were first writers who then progressed up the ladder to assistant
editors associate editors and then editors.
So your first step is really to learn more about the career. What really attracts
you to the idea of being a magazine editor? There certainly is some glamour
attached to the job but you need to do the research to see all the hard work
that goes along with the job. It’s never too early to contact a few editors and
ask if they would allow you to conduct an informational interview with them.
An informational interview is where you meet and discuss jobs and careers –
where you can learn much more about a career field and where you can
begin to build your network.
The two most important things you can do now is find a good college where
you can take more writing classes and start getting writing experiences. A
college with a journalism program is helpful partly because the professors
may have more contacts in the field but really any college that has a strong
writing program would work. And experience is critical. Start writing for your
high school publications and consider freelancing for your town’s newspaper.
Once in college strive for editorial internships and more experience.
Find lots more resources in the
Career Exploration
Resources
section of Quintessential Careers.
And find lots of college resources in the
College Planning
Resources
section of Quintessential Careers.

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Rachel writes:
I am currently 15 years old and in the 10th grade. Since I
only have two more years left to really do my career planning and college planning
I was wondering if you could help me in any way. I would really love to become a
magazine editor and I’m just not sure where to start at. For instance what I should
major in. If you can help me in any way please email me back! Thanks!



The Career Doctor responds:
I first need to give you a hearty congratulations Rachel for thinking about your
career at such an early age. I think high school is a great time to begin thinking
about the things you really enjoy doing — and then researching careers that
match those interests.
Magazine editors as you probably already know need to have a strong grasp
on the English language have good people skills and good organizational skills.
Most editors were first writers who then progressed up the ladder to assistant
editors associate editors and then editors.
So your first step is really to learn more about the career. What really attracts
you to the idea of being a magazine editor? There certainly is some glamour
attached to the job but you need to do the research to see all the hard work
that goes along with the job. It’s never too early to contact a few editors and
ask if they would allow you to conduct an informational interview with them.
An informational interview is where you meet and discuss jobs and careers –
where you can learn much more about a career field and where you can
begin to build your network.
The two most important things you can do now is find a good college where
you can take more writing classes and start getting writing experiences. A
college with a journalism program is helpful partly because the professors
may have more contacts in the field but really any college that has a strong
writing program would work. And experience is critical. Start writing for your
high school publications and consider freelancing for your town’s newspaper.
Once in college strive for editorial internships and more experience.
Find lots more resources in the
Career Exploration
Resources
section of Quintessential Careers.
And find lots of college resources in the
College Planning
Resources
section of Quintessential Careers.


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