Chapter 2: High School Classes that Could Help Pinpoint Your Interest
There may be certain classes and activities available during your high school career that can help you decide whether continued work in the realm of financial education is the right way for you to go. As a high school student, it can be tough to know what you’d like to do for a job or career one day. Sure, you might have an idea, but until you actually get out there and start working in your trade of choice, you may not really know what the work is actually like. Heck, you haven’t even been to college yet, so you won’t even know what that is like. However, not all is lost when it comes to finding ways to become better informed and familiar with certain aspects of the financial world.
One of the first places you might start to begin working toward getting a better feel for some of what you might encounter in your finance degree coursework could be available right in your own high school by way of certain classes you could take or may have to take to graduate. Classes like accounting, which can give you an introduction to the subject, economics, which can provide a broader overall view of certain financial principals, math subjects, and a possible personal finance course if your high school offers it can help you begin to build an educational foundation upon which to build further work as you move into the college realm. Such classes can also lay the groundwork necessary to help you decide whether these are subjects that you are interested in and excel at and that you may be interested in exploring further in a college environment.
Clubs and Organizations
High school coursework isn’t the only way to get a feel for finance though or build the skills that could prove useful while attaining your finance degree or once you’re out working in the financial industry. You could find certain clubs or organizations helpful in this aspect as well. A club like FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) could help you learn more about current business trends or build networking skills. The Model United Nations club could help you with public speaking and negotiating skills. The debate club could assist you in honing your argumentative and reasons skills while also teaching you how better to break down and analyze problems and issues. Quiz team could help you strengthen your mental prowess and decision-making capabilities. All these aspects can be crucial elements to your success within the financial field and help you better navigate your educational path toward achieving a degree in finance.
A Part-time Job
And finally, you might also consider part-time work to help you in your quest to decide if finance is a good fit for you and whether you’d be interested in pursuing a degree in the field. You don’t necessarily have to work in the financial industry or even within a financially-related role to be around and exposed to finance type jobs. Most every business — unless they outsource such work — has an accounting or finance department or at least an accountant or someone who handles the day-to-day financial responsibilities of the organization. If nothing else, managers will likely be paying bills, maintaining department or company budgets, and performing similar financial tasks.
Getting a part-time job or internship in which you can be around this work and possibly sit in or observe while such tasks are completed can provide you with a better idea of what financial tasks are like in the real world and outside the classroom environment. This more hands-on approach may provide you with a more realistic idea of what you will encounter after you’ve achieved a finance degree and move out into the workforce.