Here are the best methods of training for any particular career while in high school:
1. Summer Program
Preferrably a Pre-collegiate program at your local college or university. Many offer specific courses that cater to a particular career or interest.
2. AP Classes
Many schools offer AP classes. However, not all of them may cater to a particular career. Research available AP courses and then research the career you are interested in, then take the classes which teach you the skills or information that will put you on the fast track to your career.
3. Take Your Child to Work Day
This one is pretty much self explanitory; however, many school districts offer this type of a program to students whose parents may not work in a profession that interests them. In order to participate in these “shadowing” programs, you usually have to take a seminar/workshop or two beforehand.
4. Watch TV!
Believe it or not, watching television may actually help you train for a job! Thanks to the invention of satellite television and cable (most cable systems now carry between 300 and 1,000 channels depending on your service plan) there is a vast array of programs that deal with specific professions. Beware, since not all televison programs are created equal; read your TV listings and look for the genre. For example, if you want to be a lawyer, you would look for law shows on television. The show Law and Order may not be suitable, it is usually categorized as “drama”. Look for documentaries or reality television.
5. Start a Business!
Most professions require at least some business knowledge; if not a degree of some sort. Get on the fast track early. Offer a service or product that reflects your career interests. The more experience you have, the more valuable you are to your potential employers. For example; if you want to be a teacher, start a tutoring business serving your local community. If you want to be a lawyer, start your own local messenger service. Most law firms use messengers regularly, and getting to know your local law firms and getting the “inside scoop” may help you later on.
6. The most obvious: Get a job!
Many local businesses require some sort of, for lack of a better word, “office bitch” (I was one myself). See if there are any summer jobs or after school jobs at a local business that you are interested in. If you want to be an artist, work at an art gallery. This way you will see how exactly to sell your work, and maybe, if you are lucky, get some of your own work hung there as well!