Hey there, early bird! If you are reading this guide, you are way ahead of the game in terms of your career. Many people don't start thinking about what they want to do "when they grow up" until after college--according to studies by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), less than 60 percent of college students applied for a job before graduation. Getting a jumpstart on your career is a wise decision, as you will have a better idea of what's out there and how to get what you want.
So, relax. As a high school student or recent graduate, the world will not end if you don't have a concrete career goal just yet. Almost everybody has difficulty figuring out what to do with the rest of their lives, and thinking about it now puts you in good standing when you start the process of finding that first "real" job.
This Vault guide will help you get a leg up on planning your future and will assist you in narrowing your career search by giving you an overview of popular professions. It also has some important advice for when you start applying for jobs.