These days, going to college isn't the only way to have a successful career. However, this doesn't mean that your education should stop in your high school classroom. There are tons of skills you can teach yourself outside of school to increase your future earning potential. If you want to get a head start, here are a few ideas of skills that could make you valuable to future employers.
1. Social Media
As internet natives, most of Gen-Z has no difficulty navigating social media. We often forget that social media can be a challenge to older generations. Paying attention to how businesses successfully use social media could give you insights to help a future employer run their social media. Taking an online social media marketing course could be a great way to assure prospective employers that you have these skills.
There's no doubt that the world is becoming increasingly digital. In this new world, coding, or at least some degree of familiarity with coding languages, may be essential to many jobs. Even if it isn't vital, employers may be interested in job candidates who can help them troubleshoot their computer problems for free! If you ar committed to learning, a site like CodeAcademy can help you get started.
3. World Languages
The value of being able to speak another language cannot be understated. If you live in a part of the country where there are large Spanish- or French-speaking populations, learning a second language may make you eligible for jobs that would be unattainable otherwise. Using a service like Duolingo consistently will make learning a new language easy.
In the world of COVID-19, there's no doubt that working from home is the new normal. However, most traditional high school jobs don't lend themselves well to a virtual format.
Let's be honest. Trying to find a part-time job as a teen can be overwhelming. I can't tell you how many hours I've spent on Google, searching every company I know, only to find out that most of them are only hiring college kids. If you take this approach, this process can be frustrating, to say the least.